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Odisha govt issues notification banning manufacturing, sale & use of gutka in the state

Odisha government today issues notification banning manufacturing, sale & use of gutka in the state. It should be noted that earlier on January 1, 2013, Health and Family Welfare Minister Damodar Rout  announced that State-wide ban on the manufacture, sale and use of gutkha and chewing tobacco containing nicotine.

According to Food Safety and Standards (FSSAI) Act, 2011 and its section 2, 3 and 4 the state government has banned the production and sale of nicotine items that are used as food item.  It should be noted that Odisha is the 15th state in the country to ban ‘gutkha’. While union territory Chandigarh has effected a ban on it, Kerala banned pan masala and gutkha containing tobacco under the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulation, 2011.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), a statutory body under the Union health ministry to handle food-related issues, notified the new regulations on August 1, 2011. States and UTs which have already implemented the FSSAI regulations are Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Rajasthan, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Haryana, Mizoram, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Sikkim, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Chandigarh. Goa had already clamped a ban under its State Public Health Act much before the FSSAI regulations were penned.
Under rule (234) of the FSSAI regulation, “Food products will not contain any substance which may be injurious to health: Tobacco and nicotine shall not be used as ingredients in any food product”.

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