Are you being duped in the name of Organic Food?
Consumers buying Organic Food should look for Food Safety and Standard Authority’s organic logo (Jaivik Bharat) and FSSAI Logo License number.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has the mandate to regulate manufacture, distribution, sale or import of “organic foods” as per the provisions laid under Section 22 of the Food Safety Standards Act, 2006. Organic foods are regulated by Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017 notified under the provisions of the Act.
The Food Safety and Standards (Organic Foods) Regulations, 2017 recognize already established two systems of certification i.e. Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) implemented by Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare and National Programme for Organic Production (NPOP) implemented by
Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
Organic food which is marketed through direct sales to the end consumer
by the small original producer or producer organisation is exempted
from the provisions of the certification.
Small original producer or producer organisation is the one whose
annual turnover is not exceeding
Rs 12 Lakhs per annum.
Source: Consumers India more
And these perhaps are the backdoors the lawmaker leaves open for infringements.....
Not sure whether Jaivikfood who offer to us organic fruits and vegetables is part of the Jaivik-Bharat, but Jaivikfood's recent message reads as follows:
"Freshly harvested today, Chosa mangoes from small orchard of Swamy Ji in Hapur, UP, where no spray (whatsoever, even organic) has ever been done. Only jeevamrit (whatever that may mean) and cow dung manure has been used. These are premium quality, good size, mature fruit but raw, with shelf life 3 - 5 days at room temperature plus one week in fridge (after ripening). "
Now, my understanding is that mangoes grow on trees which have been there for years and years. Fruits from such trees may not have seen any other manure than the natural one. But then Jaivikfood is trying to strike capital out of it. Hiding behind "only organic manure was used", they sell mangoes at more than double the price of the fruit that is offered in the local market.
Pity is that consumers, who do not understand the facts, fall prey to it, go on to buy the fruit, thinking it is "organic"..........and perhaps also being totally unaware of what advantages the word "organic" would lend to the fruit.
Jaago Grahak Jaago...... more
On Friday, 2 August, 2019, 6:05:31 pm IST, MOHIT PANDE <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: more