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“Keep the Food Safety and Standards Act in abeyance”

The government should keep the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act in abeyance for three years so as to give time to frame rules that would not harm the domestic industry. In its present form, the FSS Act would favour only multinational companies and strike the death knell for the indigenous industry, said S. P. Jeyapragasam, president of Tamil Nadu Foodgrains Merchants Association, on Friday.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Jeyapragasam said that the definition for ‘adulteration’ was not clear in the FSS Act. In a country like India, it would be difficult to produce ingredients for food products with uniform quality.

The Act stipulated standards that were prevalent in 1954, he claimed and said that agricultural practices had changed over the decades through infusion of technology, fertilizers and pesticides. It took six months to grow paddy in 1954 but it was now possible to harvest the crop in 90 days.

Mr. Jeyapragasam said that the enforcing authorities in the State lacked clear knowledge of the Act and familiarisation programmes were being conducted for them now.

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10 Responses to ““Keep the Food Safety and Standards Act in abeyance””

  • Ashwin BhaPALANEESWAR RAJARATHINAM:

    As for as FSSAI the act the consumer must be enlightened that there is an act to protect their interest. But for it a consumer should have knowledge on food safety issues and his rights to get safe food. Even then after getting fully known about food safety if a consumer is willing to compromise his safety for the price how can rights of a consumer to get a food at cheap price be denied. As a first step FSSAI could be implemented for all branded and packed foods were consumer and producer are not in direct contact.

  • Vishwanathaiah Keshavamurthy:

    Dear Mr. Palaneeswar Rajarathinam, your reasoning may be right, but there cannot be TWO different laws in the country–one for branded and the other for non branded..all has to go with the common Law..only thing is the law enforcing authorities should start educating both consumers & producers before taking strict action as per Law

  • PALANEESWAR RAJARATHINAM.:

    Mr. Keshavamurthy laws are meant for benefit of society.There are always exemptions you can enforce a exemption class in it otherwise this law in India it would never serve it purpose. We have seen too much laws which are not enforced. My standpoint is that this act should be enforced in a first step for branded goods who inspite of having enormous resources and technology but still fail to keep the foods safe as in case of pesticide limits of coke/pepsi. This law should not be enforced to a old widow who is selling Idli to her neighbours.Because the neighbors know the quality of the food they source and the old widow knows her commitment to deliver safe food. If you enforce law in this case we are creating a system and pushing on a society where she cannot have her livelihood.

  • Vishwanathaiah Keshavamurthy:

    Dear Mr. Palaneeswar Rajarathinam, as far as I understand, the the extent of application of the Law is not same for your neighborhood old widow and the multinational cos. There is definitely lot of flexibility in the Law. As I have made it clrar in my previous post, the law enforcing authorities should start educating the small & micro players before the law is implemented.

    I would like to clarify that I am with U far the benefit of small players. I am sure that even those will be benefited by this law, and once they are made aware of the benefits, they will be the first ones to implement the same.

  • Khaja Ahmed:

    I support Priyas comment based on my experience in Canada. In Canada when HACCP was made mandatory for the food industry in order to get their operating license. The government of Canada did not implement retrospectively. They allowed
    three years time period to start implementing the changes to the
    regulation. In my opinion Allowing reasonable time period will allow the industry small players to figure out how they can comply the FSSAI act. Certainly a lot of workk is required both by the government and the industry to understand each others expectations and align themselves as to how they can comply to the newer rules.

  • Paul Whitehouse:

    This is a large and complicated piece of legislation. It will serve to enhance consumer safety, but only when all producers are compliant. Modernising domestic food safety legislation will help local producers to get their products into the international market, and so I believe, rather than a threat, it’s actually a great opportunity.
    The implementation plan for legislation should always include sensible phasing and support for small businesses to help them deal with the challenges of meeting new requirements while constrained by resource limitations.

  • Vishwanathaiah Keshavamurthy:

    The FSS Act is not being implemented all of a sudden. Act is of 2006, The draft rules was framed during 2009 and every body was knowing that one day the act will be implemented. Unfortunately, in India we do not wake up to the issue till the eleventh hour.

  • Alok Shah:

    Well, if we are to be globally competitive in processed ethnic Indian foods which are becoming increasingly popular & gaining new currency in the international trade, it is imperative that due cognizance is taken of the recently formulated FSSA Standards & all the provisions under this Act. Quality has no easy short cuts & it needs to be realized. Even vis-a-vis our own domestic market, adherence to laid down hygiene & sanitation protocols is a must. It is not proper to cut corners vis-a-vis FSSA Act protocols & procedures.

  • Vishwanathaiah Keshavamurthy:

    There was similar resentment when modified GMP was introduced in Pharma Industries..unless we start implementing the new ACT , no body would be interested to follow the same..why three years..why not our industry starts implementing from now only..

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