FSSAI's GMO threshold for imported food crops ‘unacceptably high’, says letter to health minister

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published Published on Feb 25, 2021   modified Modified on Feb 27, 2021

-Down to Earth

FSSAI issued an order on February 8 setting the permissible limit for GMO in imported food crops at 1%

The one per cent threshold for genetically modified organisms (GMO) in food crops imported into India, set by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in a recent order, is unacceptably high, the Coalition for a GM-Free India wrote in a letter to the government.

It is an advocacy for zero presence of GMO in food and some other consumables.

In August 2020, FSSAI had issued the order that 24 food crops the country imports would need a ‘non-GM-origin-cum-GM-free certificate’ issued by a competent authority. On February 8, the authority defined the GMO threshold of these crops for certification.

Laboratories in India can detect as little as 0.01 per cent presence of GMO in foods, the letter pointed out. So, the country must aim to accept imported consignments only when there is no trace of GMO in the products, especially processed food, and they come with a GMO-free certificate.

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Down to Earth, 25 February, 2021, https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/health/fssai-s-gmo-threshold-for-imported-food-crops-unacceptably-high-says-letter-to-health-minister-75675?fbclid=IwAR2LlS_CD_FutnQBDqQNvf2HVz4rjr1UYY-h7qF3V-OFxQmtd5VRucA1bzY

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