India cracks down on plant-based names
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has ordered an investigation into the alleged use of dairy terms on the labels of plant-based beverages and food products, mostly being sold through e-commerce channels, The Tribune (tribuneindia.com) reports.
State regulatory bodies have been ordered to crack down on violators of the rules, which say the use of dairy terminology for non-dairy or plant-based products by food operators is not permissible. Violators will have 15 days to change the labels and comply with the provisions of the regulation.
Complaints about the plant-based products being sold under with the word “milk” have been received, while the use of “curd” is not considered exclusively a dairy term for the purpose of regulations.