Odd move by India’s food regulator

From March 1 India requires certain fruit and vegetable imports to be certified as non-GMO. Fruits like apples, melons, plums, peppers, and tomatoes – must now carry proof they have not been genetically modified.

In case of apple More than 90 per cent of US apple exports to India are of the Red Delicious variety. There are no genetically modified Red Delicious apples in existence nor are there any other whole fresh genetically modified apples that are commercially traded. India has created a solution for a problem that does not exist. Ultimately it will be some less products for Indian consumers.

Why?
Under the new law enacted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), every consignment of the listed products (24 in total) must carry ‘a non-GM origin cum GM-free certificate’ issued by an authorised national or regional government authority.

While a number of key apple-supplying nations have reached arrangements with their relevant phytosanitary authorities to provide non-GMO documentation, the US Department of Agriculture is not issuing certificates. more  

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As per guidelines issued by FSSAI every consignment of the listed products must carry "a non-GM origin cum GM-free certificate". more  
Veiled Lobbying should be stopped. more  
Please read the article through the following link from the US FDA site: https://www.fda.gov/food/agricultural-biotechnology/gmo-crops-animal-food-and-beyond more  
There is no harm in putting in place checks & balances for all consumables in the country. So far, it had been virtually free for all. more  
It seems there is a lobby working hard to push imported GMO products. This is the weirdest post I have seen, to promote GMO in India! more  
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