Food Safety and Standards Authority of India new logo and norm

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has specified new dimensions for the logo printed on vegan food packaging.

Context:

The food regulator had launched the vegan logo last year to help consumers easily identify such foods.

  • The green-coloured image had a ‘V’ inscribed in a square box with a small plant on top of it (to denote “plant-origin”) and “vegan” written at the bottom,

Details:

The logo will have to be 10 mm long and 7 mm wide with the overall size coming in at 15 mm in length and breadth.

  • The plant image should be 3.25 mm long and placed in the centre of the V in the logo.
  • The word “vegan” mentioned in the logo will be 7 mm in length and 2 mm in height.

The big picture:

The food regulator has also directed manufacturers to ensure that there is no unintended presence of non-vegan substances in vegan foods.

  • If the production line of vegan food is shared with non-vegan products or ingredients, a thorough cleaning will be carried out before the production of vegan products.
  • This is in addition to the June regulations laid down by the FSSAI for vegan food items to ensure their authenticity.

About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India:

As per Section 5 of the FSS Act,  The Food Authority shall consist of a Chairperson and the following twenty-two members out of which one-third shall be women, namely:-

(a) seven Members, not below the rank of a Joint Secretary to the Government of India, to be appointed by the Central Government, to respectively represent the Ministries or Departments of the Central Government dealing with –

  • Agriculture,
  • Commerce,
  • Consumer Affairs,
  • Food Processing,
  • Health,
  • Legislative Affairs,
  • Small Scale Industries,

who shall be Members ex officio;

(b) two representatives from food industry of which one shall be from small scale industries;

(c) two representatives from consumer organisations;

(d) three eminent food technologists or scientists;

(e) five members to be appointed by rotation every three years, one each in seriatim from the Zones. As specified in the First Schedule to represent the States and the Union territories;

(f) two persons to represent farmers’ organisations;

(g) one person to represent retailers’ organisations.

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