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Organic products may be sold without authentication till April 2020
According to the new report of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), by April 2020, small organic producers whose annual turnover is less than 12 lakhs can now directly sell their organic products to the consumer without authentication. But they cannot put "India organic logos" on their products.
It will also benefit ""Aggregators"" who make an annual turnover of upto 50 lakh, whereas the organisations selling retail organic products have to adhere to the rules of authentication. According to 2017 rules, it was mandatory to get certified with National Program For Organic Production (NPOP) or Participatory Guarantee System (PGS) to sell organic products. Due to the exemption of these rules, the sale of organic products will be encouraged, along with this, small and marginal farmers will also be motivated towards organic farming. However, the State Food Safety authorities have also been instructed to ensure that they should adhere to the standard permissible levels of contaminants and pesticide and do not misuse them.
Source - Krishi Jagran, 21 May 2019
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