The clarification issued by the FSSAI says that the food authority will not consider a single application for different products.
The FSSAI’s clarification reads, “It is to clarify that in case of the same product with multiple variants and two or more different products, a separate application for each variant/different product needs to be submitted.”
Also, the FSSAI has added that the payment needs to be done separately with each application for the vegan logo endorsement.
The vegan logo regulations were notified by the FSSAI in June this year. Accordingly in reference to Sub Regulation 5(2) of the FSS (Vegan Foods) Regulations, 2022, guidelines were issued in July for submission of applications for endorsement of vegan logo and format for the application for the same.
And after approval of the application, the food businesses will be eligible to use the vegan logo.
Dr. Harinder Singh Oberoi, Advisor, Standards, FSSAI, in a statement has said that FSSAI was in receipt of applications for vegan logo endorsement from various FBOs and it was observed that the food businesses were applying for endorsement of vegan logo for multiple variants of the same products and two or more different products under single application.
The vegan regulations define vegan food as ‘the food or food ingredient, including additives, flavourings, enzymes and carriers, or processing aids that are not products of animal origin and in which, at no stage of production and processing, ingredients, including additives, flavourings, enzymes and carriers, or processing aids that are of animal origin have been used.’