India pips China,
Source of Article: http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/015200901161721.htm
"Indian consumers are most confident about food safety levels in the country, vis-a-vis Asian counterparts," said a study by Singapore-based Asian Food Information Centre (AFIC).
Interestingly, the survey pointed out that 84 per cent of Indians are ready to purchase biotech food such as tomato, food staples and cooking oils.
"It is encouraging to note that 84 per cent of Indians are ready
to purchase bio-tech food .... This is good for
The study assumes significance, especially in view of the fact that
the approval for GM crops in
The government, too, has been more vigilant than ever about food safety norms. Already, concerned over the existence of fake and adulterated food products, the Food Safety Standards Authority (FSSA) with the Ministry of Health is preparing a draft guidelines, expected in a month.
FSSA Chairman P I Suvrathan has said suitable laws would be brought in to even force a recall of contaminated products.
The country has also decided to put in place a mechanism, possibly by 2010, to scrutinise all imported items to avoid the inflow of any contaminated products.
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