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V FOR VEGAN: New logo to indicate Vegan food products introduced by India’s food standards authority

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According to FSSAI, vegan food products or ingredients will not have involved animal testing for evaluating the safety, nor contain any animal-derived GMOs or products prepared using an animal-derived gene.

ADITI AHUJA: Vegan food has been generating plenty of buzz in the post-COVID era. A lot of people are switching to the vegan diet, which avoids consuming animal products such as dairy and eggs. Vegan food is said to be healthier for the environment too, this is why many alternative foods such as mock meat are also coming up in the area of a plant-based diet.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority Of India (FSSAI) has come up with a set of draft rules for vegan food products and has also introduced a logo for vegan food… vegan food will now be designated by the v-shaped green logo shared by FSSAI. This is the first time that the Government of India has recognised vegan products and mentioned the requirements for compliance with food standards…

According to FSSAI, vegan foods refer to those foods which do not make use of any ingredients, additives, or processing aids of animal origin. This may include milk and milk products, fish, poultry, meat, egg, honey, or materials of insect origin such as silk, dyes, or bone char.

“The food products or ingredients to be called vegan shall not have involved animal testing for evaluating the safety of the final product or ingredient and shall not contain any animal-derived GMOs or products prepared using an animal-derived gene for manufacturing the ingredients or products,” read the draft rules. SOURCE…

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