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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.

California’s Proposition 37 would add labels to all foods made from genetically modified crops.

Government Policies and Action Plans

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.

A Bill further to amend the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. This Act may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Amendment) Act, 2012.

Health Effects

The detailed monographs in this volume summarize the technical, analytical, dietary exposure and toxicological data on a number of contaminants in food: acrylamide, arsenic, deoxydivalenol, furan, mercury and perchlorate.

Genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified, GM) Bt eggplant (also called talong, brinjal or aubergine) has been engineered to be resistant to injury caused by the eggplant fruit and shoot borer.


Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, toxins & residues) Amendment Regulations, 2012 dated 29-11-2012 relating to Level of Antibiotics in Honey.

Food Safety & Standards Authority of India has developed Categorization of food products & Food Codes for all the products as covered under Chapter 2 of Food Safety & Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 including some proprietary items.

Reports and Documents

Read this new report on National Survey on Milk Adulteration 2011 conducted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to ascertain the quality of milk and identify different type of adulteration in the liquid milk throughout the country.

In this legal assessment of the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI),bill 2011 Greenpeace analyses various inadequacies within the bill that threatens the safety of our food, health and biodiversity.

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