FSSAI regulations on vegan food in india

FSSAI regulations on vegan food is Food Safety and Standards (Vegan Foods) Regulations, 2022.

Vegan Food Definition

“vegan food” means the food or food ingredient, including additives, flavorings, enzymes, and carriers, or processing aids that are not products of animal origin and in which, at no stage of production and processing, ingredients, including additives, flavorings, enzymes and carriers, or processing aids that are of animal origin has been used.

Requirements of Vegan Food in India

  1. No person shall manufacture, pack, sell, offer for sale, market or otherwise distribute or import any food as vegan food unless they comply with the requirements laid down under these regulations.
  2. The food products to be called vegan, shall not have involved animal testing for any purpose including safety evaluation, unless provided by any Regulatory Authority.
  3. Every packaging material used for vegan foods shall comply with the provisions of the packaging regulations.
  4. The Food Business Operator shall ensure that all stages of production, processing and distribution shall be designed to take the appropriate precautions in conformity with the Good Manufacturing Practices in such a way to avoid the unintended presence of non-vegan substances.
  5. If the same production line is shared with non-vegan products or ingredients, thorough cleaning or comparable measures in conformity with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) shall be carried out before production of vegan products commences and the same shall extend to all associated machinery, equipment, utensils and surfaces.
  6. The FBOs shall take appropriate precautions in conformity with the GMP before vegan products are prepared, produced or packaged.
  7. There shall be traceability established up to the manufacturer level and the Food Business Operator. They shall comply with any other requirements specified by the FSSAI to maintain the vegan integrity of the foods or food ingredients or products thereof from time to time.
  8. Every vegan food or ingredient shall comply with the relevant provisions, as applicable under the Act, rules and regulations.

Labelling requirements for vegan foods in India

  1. The seller of vegan food either exclusively or as part of retail merchandise shall store and display such food in a manner distinguishable from non-vegan food.
  2. Every package of vegan foods, after the approval, shall carry the logovegan food logo
  3. In addition to the specified requirements, all vegan foods shall comply with the packaging and labelling requirements specified under the FSS (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2020, except clause (b) of sub-regulation (4) of regulation 5.

Vegan food compliances

  1. The Food Business Operator shall submit an application to the concerned licensing authority. All necessary details should be in a format as may be specified by the FSSAI.
  2. The Food Authority may specify guidelines for approval of the vegan logo.
  3. No vegan food products shall be imported except with a certificate issued by the recognised authorities of the exporting countries in the format as specified by the Authority is accepted.

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