The Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has extended the deadline for submission of comments on draft regulations for Genetically- Modified food products after various organisations raised objections.

According to a spokesperson for FSSAI, the deadline has been extended to February 5, 2022, for receiving comments on the proposed draft of the approval of Genetically-Modified food products, which was closing on January 15.

A spokesperson of the Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, an organisation affiliated to the RSS, has objected to the approval of the Genetically-Modified food products and asked for a detailed study into their impact before producing them commercially. He said that the safety of such products has not been proven yet.

Similarly other such groups have demanded a wider consultation on the subject and asked the FSSAI to publish the draft in other Indian languages, as well.

In November last year, FSSAI had issued the draft on regulation to govern Genetically-Modified food products called the Food Safety and Standards (Genetically Modified or Engineered Foods) Regulations, 2021, applicable to Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) or Genetically Engineered Organisms (GEOs) or Living Modified Organisms (LMOs) intended for direct use as food or for processing, and food or processed food containing Genetically-Modified ingredients produced from but not containing LMOs or GEOs or GMOs.

The draft was issued after an inter-ministerial consultation in which various ministries including health, agriculture, environment and industry bodies participated