India launches safety standards to define vegan products for the first time
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India is launching new safety standards to help identify vegan products for the first time. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) formulated the draft report, which will involve the introduction of a label.
Vegan Safety Standards in India
According to the new regulations, vegan food products must be labeled as follows:
“Those foods or food ingredients which have not made use of any ingredient, additive or processing aid of animal origin, including milk and dairy products, fish, poultry and meat, eggs or egg products, honey or honey bee products, materials of silk origin, dyes, chitin / chitosan, etc. Or ingredients which are clarified products of animal origin, for example, bone charcoal used for bleaching sugar, glass glue for clarifying beer, etc.
The landmark news is a victory for vegans across India, especially since there are many products in use around the world that do not list bone trout or isinglass in the products. Bone trout is made from animal bones, and isinglass is gelatin found in fish.
What’s more, Economic times reports that the regulations propose that vegan foods not be tested on animals.
Veganism in India
The vegan movement is on the rise across the country. According to Indian vegans, India has the second largest vegetarian population – and there is also an increase in the number of vegans.
Additionally, the Veganuary 2021 survey report reveals that it was among the top three countries for participants in the meat and dairy move away.
And it was the only Asian country to rank in the top 10 in the world. Some of the emerging herbal companies in India include Goodmylk, Good Dot, So Good, and Piperleaf.