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India: FSSA ineffective in curbing food adulteration cases

The newly notified Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, does not seem to be effective in curbing adulteration of food articles as is the case with previous Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954.

This has become evident from statistics which show that the Government of Kerala has failed to take stringent action against the issue during the period 2004-2012. An RTI application filed by the Human Rights Defence Forum (HRDF), Kerala, has revealed the details.

Explaining to F&B News, D B Binu, general secretary, HRDF, Kerala, said, “Surprisingly, out of the 95,261 samples tested between 2004 and 2012, 2,190 food samples were found to be adulterated and authorities initiated action in only 1,912 cases.”

Binu explained that the information was revealed to the organisation based on the RTI filed by it and further probe in the case evolved based on the number of food adulteration cases being reported in Kerala by the media.

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One Response to “India: FSSA ineffective in curbing food adulteration cases”

  • Pathik Joshi:

    In many media, there are always one side NEWS about Patanjali Ayurved Limited which is owned by Baba Ramdev and Acharya Balkrishna ji. Although I trust on the product of this company. When samples of the company is collected, media broadcast it by hours and hours. But those media never share the result of test.

    So I request to provide full results of Patanjali Ayurved Limited products.

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