India Implements Veg Labels

India now requires manufacturers to provide easy-to-read labels identifying whether packaged food items contain any animal products.

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This month, India has mandated that all food manufacturers must provide clear indicators on packaged foods denoting whether or not the product contains any animal-derived ingredients. The Food Safety and Standards Regulations issued on August 5 require that all items containing non-vegetarian components be marked with a red circle within a square; conversely, products suitable for vegetarians and vegans will be labeled with a green version of the same mark. Unfortunately, the US has yet to put a similar system in place, as the US Department of Agriculture recommends—but does not require—that manufacturers label the presence of animal-derived ingredients in their foods.

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