India's economic development: maintaining food quality standards

Ganguly, Abhishek (2020) India's economic development: maintaining food quality standards. [Working papers (or Preprints)]

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The WTO, through its Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Agreement as well as its Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Agreement encourages member states to set up a framework of maintaining nutritional standards. It is pertinent to mention here that the since these agreements do not specifically prescribe a particular standard, countries such as India have a particularly important role in developing stringent standards for products, particularly those in the domestic market. While the Indian food regulator, the FSSAI, has released regulations in an attempt to mirror global standards, a lot requires to be done. Currently, the guidelines issued by the FSSAI have allowed industries to function with minimum checks on their decisions. Such a stance goes against the very objective of labeling standards. Moreover, considering India’s requirement of a healthy population for economic progress, stringent labeling requirements have to be implemented in a robust manner. This paper seeks to focus on specifically contentious issues such as the standards of labeling of nutritional information on packaged products as well as labeling of genetically modified food products. In this regard, this paper seeks to critique the regulation issued by the FSSAI in 2018 and further compares it with the positions of the European Union as well as China.

Item Type: Working papers (or Preprints)
Keywords: International Trade | India | TBT | SPS | WTO | Food
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Subhajit Bhattacharjee
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2022 08:54
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2022 08:54
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