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“FSSA is helping to check adulteration at all levels”







Satej Patil, minister of state for Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra, is focusing all his energies to make FDA a priority for the state. Among the various steps that he has taken include meeting finance minister P Chidambaram seeking an enhancement in FDA budget. The minister delves into the detail in a conversation with Abhitash SinghExcerpts:


What initiatives is the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) taking to curb incidence of adulteration in Maharashtra?

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) implemented a new Act all over India in 2006. And the Act is a very good one, which is helping to check adulteration at all levels. For instance, adulteration of milk takes place during transportation, distribution and logistics. But now we are having strict check to curb incidence of milk adulteration in Maharashtra. Earlier there was little punishment for milk adulterators but now strict action is taken against them. If adulterators do not abide by the new Act of FSSAI they will face the consequences. The maximum punishment for adulterator will be 10 years of imprisonment and a fine ranging from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 10 lakh.


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