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Citizens begin rejecting FSSAI’s draft regulations on GM foods which they find woefully inadequate – Growing demand for extension of deadline for public feedback beyond January 15th 2022

New Delhi, January 6th 2022: Citizen voices are getting stronger and louder against FSSAI’s draft regulations on GM foods. Citizens are also increasingly demanding for an extension of the deadline given for public feedback by FSSAI on its draft regulations as well as making the draft available in vernacular languages. FSSAI has notified draft regulations […]

Letter to GEAC to investigate reported GM rice from India

from: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> to: asaj.moefcc@gov.in, asud.moefcc@gov.in, kveluthambi@rediffmail.com, sricha@ias.nic.in, geac.secretariat@gov.in, tk.kathula@nic.in, drmadhudikshit@gmail.com, nitink.jain@nic.in, director.seed@icar.gov.in, sbakshi@fssai.gov.in, sbakshi.fssai@gmail.com, vbandi_1953@yahoo.com, sachinandan@ndri.res.in, Sachinandan De <sachinandan@gmail.com>, aksingh@iari.res.in, prasanna@barc.gov.in, aks_gene@yahoo.com, penna888@yahoo.com, Lalitha Gowda <lrgowda2k11@gmail.com>, sushilgupta-cgwb@nic.in, Geeta Jotwani <drjgeeta@gmail.com>, jotwanig@icmr.org.in, n.sathyanarayana@nic.in, drusharao.ipo@nic.in, psbiocontrol@rediffmail.com, khurana183@gmail.com, dci@nic.in, dilipkrmark@yahoo.com, Ashok Kumar Bhatnagar <akbhatnagar49@gmail.com>, balu_tnau@yahoo.co.in, anilk.jain@gov.in cc: mefcc@gov.in, bhupender.yadav@sansad.nic.in, secy-moef@nic.in, chairman@apeda.gov.in, ssnayyar@apeda.gov.in, piyush.goyal@gov.in, diwakar.misra@nic.in   To: […]

Action demanded on companies found to be selling illegal HT cotton seeds

———- Forwarded message ——— From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2021 at 09:30 Subject: Urgent Action on authorised seed companies selling illegal HT cotton seed To: <asud.moefcc@gov.in>, <tk.kathula@nic.in> Cc: <mefcc@gov.in>, <kushal.vashist@gov.in>   To: 2nd November 2021 Ms Uma Devi, Chairperson, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. […]

Govt of India’s decision to import GM soymeal into India patently illegal: Coalition for a GM-Free India

New Delhi, August 27th 2021: The Coalition for a GM-Free India, a civil society platform that had been in the forefront of struggles against hazardous gene technologies being deployed in India, has termed the decision of Government of India to import GM soymeal as patently illegal. “It is a case of regulators abdicating their legally […]

Strong objection to MoEFCC allowing GM soy meal for livestock feed and GEAC abdicating its regulatory responsibility

Regulators in India are abdicating their responsibility yet again, and are leaving citizens to fend themselves from the threat of GM technology. Our readers would recall that we had put out a statement in July 2018: http://indiagminfo.org/illegal-gm-foods-flooding-india-it-is-no-longer-a-case-of-simple-negligence-or-apathy-but-adoption-of-an-anti-citizen-policy-on-gm-foods/ ———- Forwarded message ——— From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: Fri, 13 Aug 2021 at 14:48 Subject: Sub: Strong objection […]

Complaint with regard to illegal planting of GM crops in Maharashtra – immediate action required from regulators

from: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> to: asaj.moefcc@gov.in, asud.moefcc@gov.in, kveluthambi@rediffmail.com, sricha@ias.nic.in, geac.secretariat@gov.in, tk.kathula@nic.in, drmadhudikshit@gmail.com, nitink.jain@nic.in, director.seed@icar.gov.in, sbakshi@fssai.gov.in, sbakshi.fssai@gmail.com, vbandi_1953@yahoo.com, sachinandan@ndri.res.in, Sachinandan De <sachinandan@gmail.com>, aksingh@iari.res.in, prasanna@barc.gov.in, aks_gene@yahoo.com, penna888@yahoo.com, Lalitha Gowda <lrgowda2k11@gmail.com>, sushilgupta-cgwb@nic.in, Geeta Jotwani <drjgeeta@gmail.com>, jotwanig@icmr.org.in, n.sathyanarayana@nic.in, drusharao.ipo@nic.in, psbiocontrol@rediffmail.com, khurana183@gmail.com, dci@nic.in, dilipkrmark@yahoo.com, Ashok Kumar Bhatnagar <akbhatnagar49@gmail.com>, balu_tnau@yahoo.co.in cc: mefcc@gov.in, secy-moef@nic.in, acs.agri@maharashtra.gov.in, prakash.j@sansad.nic.in, PRAKASH JAVADEKAR <pjavadekar@gmail.com>, sec_agri@maharashtra.gov.in, agripa.mah@nic.in To: […]

Strengthening Needed on FSSAI’s proposed GM free certification policy on threshold and scope

To, Shri Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Health and Family Welfare Date – 25th Feb 2021 Reference: FSSAI order dated February 8th, 2021 regarding requirement of Non GM cum GM free certificate to accompany imported food consignments Dear Harsh Vardhan ji, Greetings, We are writing to you on FSSAI’s proposed GM free certification policy which needs strengthening […]

Coalition’s letter to FSSAI on its Order dated 21st Aug. 2020 requiring Non-GM origin and GM-free status certificate on imports

———- Forwarded message ——— From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: Mon, 31 Aug 2020 at 15:22 Subject: FSSAI Order dated 21st August 2020 (No. 1-1764/FSSAI/Imports/ 2018/Part-1) requiring Non-GM Origin and GM-Free Status Certificate on imports of 24 food products – reg. To: <ceo@fssai.gov.in> To: The Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India. Dear […]

INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR ON BT COTTON IN INDIA HIGHLIGHTS THE FAILURE OF THE TECHNOLOGY Press Release from International Webinar on Bt cotton in India – Myths & Realities (an evidence based evaluation)

INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR ON BT COTTON IN INDIA HIGHLIGHTS THE FAILURE OF THE TECHNOLOGY New Delhi, August 24th 2020: A high profile panel of scientists who spoke in an international webinar on Bt cotton in India presented evidence to show that the technology was ill-suited to Indian conditions and has failed to deliver on its promises. […]

Coalition’s Letter to GEAC about liability-fixing for illegal GMO spread

———- Forwarded message ——— From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: Fri, 17 Jul 2020 at 11:59 Subject: Liability for illegal GMO seed spread – Demanding that GEAC discuss and take action – reg. To: <asaj.moefcc@gov.in>, <asud.moefcc@gov.in>, <kveluthambi@rediffmail.com>, <sricha@ias.nic.in>, <geac.secretariat@gov.in>, <tk.kathula@nic.in>, <drmadhudikshit@gmail.com>, <nitink.jain@nic.in>, <director.seed@icar.gov.in>, <sbakshi@fssai.gov.in>, <sbakshi.fssai@gmail.com>, <vbandi_1953@yahoo.com>, <sachinandan@ndri.res.in>, Sachinandan De <sachinandan@gmail.com>, <aksingh@iari.res.in>, <prasanna@barc.gov.in>, <aks_gene@yahoo.com>, <penna888@yahoo.com>, Lalitha […]

Comments from Jatan Trust on the “Draft document on Genome Edited Organisms: Regulatory Framework and Guidelines for Risk Assessment”

———- Forwarded message ——— From: Jatan Trust <jatantrust@gmail.com> Date: Mon, Feb 24, 2020, 8:28 AM Subject: Fwd: Comments on draft document on “Genome Edited Organisms: Regulatory Framework and Guidelines for Risk Assessment” To: <rcgm.dbt@nic.in>, <ibkp2019@dbt.nic.in>   Dear Madam/Sir, The following email has missed citing an important reference and please do include this additional information into the reading […]

Coalition’s letter to GEAC against GM animal feed imports

———- Forwarded message ——— From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2020 at 15:00 Subject: Inputs on Preparation and Formulation of Guidelines for Import of GM Animal Feed including DDGS To: <ravis.prasad@nic.in> Cc: <sricha@ias.nic.in>, <mefcc@gov.in>, <tk.kathula@nic.in>, Lalitha Gowda <lrgowda2k11@gmail.com>, Sachinandan De <sachinandan@gmail.com>, <sachinandan@ndri.res.in>, <sbakshi.fssai@gmail.com>, <sbakshi@fssai.gov.in>, <secyahd@nic.in>, <dir.ndri@gmail.com>, <giriraj.singh@sansad.nic.in>, <girirajbihari@gmail.com>, <office.sanjeevbalyan@gmail.com>   To:   […]

Coalition’s Comments on draft “Genome Edited Organisms: Regulatory Framework & Guidelines for Risk Assessment”

From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2020 at 09:22 Subject: Comments on draft “Genome Edited Organisms: Regulatory Framework and Guidelines for Risk Assessment” To: <rcgm.dbt@nic.in>, <ibkp2019@dbt.nic.in> Cc: <geac.secretariat@gov.in>, <sricha@ias.nic.in>, <hfm@gov.in>, <secy@dbt.nic.in>, <mefcc@gov.in>, <prakash.j@sansad.nic.in>, <ravis.prasad@nic.in> To: Chairperson/Member Secretary, Review Committee on Genetic Manipulation (RCGM), RCGM Secretariat, Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology Block […]

Coalition writes to GEAC about Shetkari Sanghatan’s open violation of regulations

From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2020 at 10:56 Subject: About Shetkari Sanghatan’s open violation of regulations in Maharashtra To: <asaj.moefcc@gov.in> Cc: <geac.secretariat@gov.in>, <sricha@ias.nic.in>, <tk.kathula@nic.in> To: The Chairperson, Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Government of India. Dear Sir,   Sub: Announcement and ‘commencement’ of sale and […]

Objection from the Coalition for GM-Free India to constitution of panel on GMOs and Foods under FSSAI

From: GM Free India <indiagmfree@gmail.com> Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2019 at 14:17 Subject: Our objection to constitution of panel on GMOs and Foods under FSSAI To: <ceo@fssai.gov.in> Cc: <chairperson@fssai.gov.in>, Preeti Sudan <secyhfw@nic.in>, <hfwminister@gov.in> To: The Chief Executive Officer, Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), FDA Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi 110002   Dear Shri Pawan Agarwal, […]

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