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Ministry, FSSAI at loggerheads over import of damaged, impure food grains

If the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s food regulatory body, is to be believed, the ministry of consumer affairs, food & public distribution is not concerned about the health of the people of India and continues to back the import of food grains that are not of good quality.

An importer from New Delhi, who spoke to FnB News via telephone on the strict condition of anonymity, said, “We cannot pinpoint who is responsible for the import of damaged food grains and those that contain hazardous foreign matter and impurities, but yes, that is rampant here.”

“When quizzed about it, the importers of these sub-standard food grains offer the flimsy excuse that India is not producing enough of the same. It is not that the farmers in this country cannot produce adequate and high-quality food grains,” he pointed out.

The ministry, backed by a group of influential importers, had appealed to the FSSAI to consider relaxing the existing norms for the import of food grains (including wheat, maize, jowar and bajra) and pulses, although they contained extraneous matter, including animal and mineral matter.

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