The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) unveiled a new emblem on Tuesday to categorize vegan food. In addition, the agency has prepared a new set of guidelines for vegan food items, according to news agency ANI. Here’s a peek at the new logo.
Previously, in India, food was solely categorized as vegetarian or non-vegetarian. A green dot was used to indicate vegetarian cuisine, whereas a red mark was used to identify non-vegetarian food goods.
With a green symbol V, the new emblem categorizes entirely vegan items.
This is the first time that the Government of India has acknowledged vegan goods and specified the conditions for food standard compliance. The updated regulations are in response to the rising popularity of veganism in India, particularly in the aftermath of the COVID-19 epidemic.
“Veganism is gaining popularity. Many people are lactose intolerant and choose to forgo all animal products. For them, we have the vegan food logo, which will assist consumers in making their decision “According to Arun Singhal, Chief Executive Officer of FSSAI.
Vegan foods, according to FSSAI, are those that do not include any animal-derived components, additives, or processing aids. This includes milk and milk products, fish, poultry, meat, eggs, honey, and insect-derived materials such as silk, colours, and bone char.
“The vegan food products or ingredients shall not have involved animal testing for evaluating the safety of the final product or ingredient, and shall not contain any animal-derived GMOs or products prepared using an animal-derived gene for manufacturing the ingredients or products,” the draft rules stated.
Meanwhile, Twitter users have applauded the choice and the new logo.
While some people recommended that this should not be restricted to food items but could also be used to distinguish cosmetics and apparel companies, others saw it as a fresh beginning to the commencement of a cruelty-free movement.
“What fantastic news! We should broaden this to include more than simply food. A Twitter user stated, “The vegan logo should be on everything we wear and everywhere we go!”