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New food safety licence irks traders

With the Union Health Ministry making it mandatory for all traders and dealers of food items to obtain a new licence under the new Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), traders in Bangalore say it will burden them further.

The Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), passed by Parliament in 2006, replaced the erstwhile Prevention of Food Adulteration Act (PFAA) with effect from August 5, 2011. This means that all traders should obtain the new licence by August 4, 2012 failing which they will attract a six-month imprisonment along with a hefty penalty.

At an interaction with C.R. Srinivasa Gowda, Joint Director of State Public Health Institute on Wednesday, members of Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) expressed their displeasure over the new licence being made mandatory.

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3 Responses to “New food safety licence irks traders”

  • Nayan Maskai:

    Getting 100% Export Oriented Units (100% EOU) into this is not correct. We are selling to various destinations globally and have to follow the legislations of the land of destination where it is being sold and consumed. It does not make any sense to get under this perview within India when we do not sell a single kilo of material in India.

  • John Koruthu:

    Old wine in New bottle.The officials get a better chance to make more money.

  • Vedamurthy AP:

    get used to it and everything will be alight. Anything new is always resisted especially in Business.

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