On September 16, 2020 Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) formed a seven-member task force for framing guidelines/provisions for vegan foods in the country.
Members of the Task Force:
Shankar Narayan, founder-president of Satvik Vegan Society, Sumedha S. Deshpande, Retired Principal Scientist (food and nutrition) of Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Sangeeta Pandey, Head of Nutrition and Dietetics, Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru, Lalitha Appukkuttan, NIMS Medicity, Thiruvananthapuram, Palak Mehta, Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Vegan First, Pune, and a representative each from Ministry of Commerce and Industry and Quality Council of India will be the other members of the task force.
Satvik Vegan Society:
i.Shankar Narayan founded the Satvik Vegan Society in 2004, it is a member of International Vegetarian Union and Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisation.
ii.It has its registered office at Hoseri, Yeljit village, Byndoor taluk, Udupi district, Karnataka.
iii.Satvik Vegan Society has organised vegan festivals, vegan talks, school visits to raise awareness about vegan lifestyle.
A diet which contains only plants and foods made from plants and excludes any foods that come from animals, including dairy products and eggs is called Vegan.
Recent Related News:
i.The 2nd State Food Safety Index (SFSI) for 2019-20 of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been topped by Gujarat among larger states and by Goa among smaller states. It was announced during a webinar
conducted on the occasion of “World Food Safety Day” on June 7, 2020 on the theme “Food Safety is everyone’s business”.
ii.On August 7, 2020, an agreement was signed between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for collaborative research and information dissemination in the area of food and nutrition.
About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI):
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Arun Singhal
Headquarters – New Delhi