Watch out for live reports from the Conference on food safety & environmental toxins being organised by Centre for Science and Environment from Feb 20-21, 2013 at New Delhi marking a decade of support to community and public policy by CSE's pollution monitoring lab.
Of the 234 pesticides registered by the Central Insecticides Board and Registered Committee 59 do not have set MRLs, shows this CSE study on the state of pesticide regulations in India from a food safety perspective in the light of recommendations made by the Joint Parliamentary Committee.
These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) (Amendment) Regulations, 2012. They shall come into force on the date of their final publication in the Official Gazette.
The department of consumer affairs recently mandated compulsory labelling of packaged genetically modified food. Though segregation and testing to ensure compliance is a great challenge under Indian conditions, implementation is not difficult because India has only a limited number of genetically modified imports and only one commercially produced domestic crop - Bt cotton. This note provides the international context for the new rules and the background on previous attempts to mandate GM labelling.