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FSSA impractical; don’t expect changes even after February: VTA’s Renu

Tejinder Singh Renu, secretary, Vidarbha Taxpayers’ Association (VTA) and Nagpur Residential Hotels Association (NRHA), feels that the six-month extension granted to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s deadline to obtain licenses under the Food Safety & Standards Regulations, 2011, is a mere lull before the storm that will hit all those directly or indirectly engaged in the food and beverage industry in 2013.

“I don’t think these regulations are practical, and because of the lackadaisical attitude of both parties – the policy-makers and the stakeholders – the movement is losing steam. Barring a few pockets of the country, such as Madhya Pradesh (notably Ratlam), Nagpur and Tamil Nadu, which have been very aggressive in their campaign, no one has been coming forward,” he said.

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