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FSSAI allows small organic growers to sell produce without certification till 2020

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

regulator FSSAI has permitted small organic producers, having an annual turnover of over Rs 12 lakh, to sell their produce directly to end consumers without certification till April 2020, but will not be able to use 'Jaivik Bharat logo' on their products, a latest report says.

The Jaivik Bharat logo is an identity mark to distinguish from non-organic ones.

A similar relaxation has been given to 'aggregators' having an annual turnover of Rs 50 lakh. However, the retail firms have to comply with the certification norm.

Under the 2017 organic regulation, sale of organic produce directly to end consumer has been allowed only with the certification of the National Program for Organic Production (NPOP) and Participatory Guarantee System (PGS)

In its latest order, the and (FSSAI) said the norms were relaxed after it examined several representations regarding challenges faced in the implementation of regulations by business operations including small original producers.

"One of the challenges is that there are a large number of producers and organisations in the country who are not certified under any of the two systems of certification. Efforts are currently underway for simplification of PGS-to make it friendly," it said.

To build confidence in small producers, the regulator has said "...these regulations may be considered as 'enabling regulations' and not be considered for prosecution particulary for small original producers and organisations during initial phase of its implementation till April 2020".

The self certification of turnover of small organic producers and aggregators will be considered, the FSSAI said.

However, the state officers have been asked to see if the limits of contaminants and insecticide residue as per the regulations are being followed. They have also been asked to see any misuse of this provision.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 20 2019. 15:01 IST
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