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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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FSSAI gives in, extends licensing deadline by six months; FBOs relieved

 

Responding favourably to various representations from all over the country, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has granted food business operators (FBOs) a six-month extension to the August 5, 2012, deadline for complying with the licensing and registration rules laid down by the Food Safety and Standards Regulations (FSSA), 2011.

While there is jubilation over the move in the industry, FnB News spoke to few representatives, mostly over telephone, for their reactions. Prabodh Halde, VP, Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India), Mumbai chapter, said, “It is a welcome move. All food business operators will now be on their toes. When there was nothing, we got a year’s extension, and when things didn’t really progress along expected lines, we have to accept this six-month extension and hurry.”

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Thiruvallur’s, India: Thiruvallur FSO now harasses cold storage unit

Thiruvallur’s food safety officer (FSO) has issued an illegal statutory notice to a cold storage unit on Thiruvallur High Road in Kodavuli, a village in the district. It stated that the owner of the unit has not obtained a licence under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, despite reminders via mail and text messages.

Claiming that he had paid frequent visits to the cold storage unit and handed over the licence documents to its owner in person, the FSO said every correspondence had gone unheeded and that a number of provisions of the Act were contravened. And for that, he warned the owner of the cold storage unit that he would impose hefty fines and sentence him to imprisonment.

Informing FnB News about the incident via e-mail, P Subash Chandra Bose, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Foodgrains Merchants’ Association (TNFMA), said the FSO threatened to book the owner of the cold storage unit under six Sections of the Act: Sections 55; 56; 58 (under which contraventions carry a liability of Rs 2 lakh); 59; 61 and 62.

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Specify contaminant level in water used for food, says FSSAI expert panel

An expert committee on water constituted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed that standards should specify the “maximum contaminant level acceptable for the water as an ingredient of food” and the adjacent column of “permissible limit” in the absence of “alternate source” to be deleted.

Also, with regard to the pesticide residues it has been suggested to prescribe limit of total pesticide residue of 0.0005 mg/lt as prescribed in packaged drinking water standards.

As per the FSS (licensing and registration of food business operators) Regulations, 2011, it is mandatory to provide analyst’s report of water to be used as an ingredient of food while applying for license to state/ Central licensing authority.

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The Expert’s Thought: As the quality of our water deteriorates, we expect that people will more and more need to/want to test the quality of their drinking and other water.

FSSAI’s middle path; goes easy on licensing by making certification optional

Following the spate of agitations across the country against the new Food Safety and Standards (licensing and registration of food businesses) Regulations, 2011, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has attempted to carve a middle path by issuing an advisory that has made the long-winding Food Safety Management System Plan (FSMS) certification procedure for Food Business Operators (FBOs) optional.

The advisory issued by the FSSAI said, “Considering the difficulties faced by the FBOs in complying with the FSMS, a document that records the entire list of the activities carried out by the food manufacturer or handler or reseller of food in ensuring that the food is safe and facilitating the issuance or renewal or conversion of new licences during the transition period of one year, it has now been made optional.”

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The Expert’s Thought: The option would help Food Business Operators to get License easy and hence ensuring more law compliance.

Now, fragrance and flavours body against FSS Act; seeks early amendment

The protests against the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, have gathered momentum with another leading body – Fragrances and Flavours Association of India (FAFAI) – expressing its displeasure over certain provision of the Act.

According to Ravi Mehra, chairman, flavour sub-committee, FAFAI, the present situation related to the FSSA is as follows: Rules related to multiple licensing and operations; rules related to standards and safety, and safety of the industry from initial turbulence. And hence, “It must be amended at the earliest,” he said.

“To obtain a licence, a food business operator has to obtain a number of permissions and no-objection certificates (NoCs) and submit many documents, in addition to filing returns within two months of the end of the financial year. It is impossible. The tax authorities have a prescribed format to file returns, which is an extra burden to many in the industry. The purpose of this format is to keep records of the turnover and to know the size of the industry. The same can be achieved with the VAT format as well,” he explained.

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The Expert’s Thought: The procedure has to be completely minimized for the Business Operators in order to ensure more efficiency of the law.


Scrap procedure related to procuring online licence

At a meeting of Sarva Samaj Udyog Vyapar Mandal held on Tuesday, the speakers demanded scrapping of the procedure related to procuring online licence for those engaged in business of edible items.

Presiding over the meeting the state president, Himanshu Kharbanda said that it has become mandatory for those engaged in selling edible and food items to obtain a licence from the Food Safety department as per the new provisions of Food safety and Standard Act 2006.Failure to do so would invite punishment and penalty.

He added that the department of Food Safety has made a provision to get registered online and obtain a license from the same.This is impratical because those not well versed with the use of computers are facing great difficulty to do so.

He urged the authorities to scrap the above procedure and instead re-introduce the manual procedure in order to enable the business community to get themselves registered.

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The Expert’s Thought: Scraping the current procedure would invite more problems to the Food Business Operators.

 

Food Safety Body Offers Support to Indian Food Importers & retailers

 

The day two of the Images Food & Grocery Forum India 2012 saw an interactive session between food importers and an official of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Called “The FIFI Conclave: The Force Behind Unifying Gourmet Food Importers and Alignment with Modern Retail,” the event saw the FSSAI Deputy Director AIS Kumar discuss the latest food safety regulations and FBO registrations with the importers and retailers of imported food.

Kumar reassured the assembled audiences that all problems of the food importers and retailers will be taken care of by the government in due course of time in terms of getting licenses, permits, etc. “Please have patience. We are on your side,” he said.

Amit Lohani, Convener, FIFI (Forum of India Food Importers), noted that modern trade is a still a very small part of India’s retail industry. Of this, gourmet is even a more miniscule part. “Though we are competitors as importers, we approach FSSAI, a single body on the platform of FIFI, to present a united front,” he said, speaking on behalf of the food importers.

Sumit Saran of SCS Group said: “The buzz around the Images Food & Grocery Forum India 2012 shows the growing importance of this sector. India, if it has to feed its people, will have to import food. The sooner we realise, the better for all of us.”

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Food Safety Act: Traders are facing difficulties in getting license

Chandigarh: As mandatory in the Food Safety Act to obtain license, Chandigarh Trade Association had requested the administration to extend the last date of submission for licence by three months. But the administration has not cleared its stand on the same.

It is to be noted that in case of not having the license, there is a provision of seven year imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 5 Lac.

The traders are in panic. There are around fifty thousand traders in the city and issuance of licence in such a short period is next to impossible.

As per the Food Safety Act, it is necessary to have license but traders are facing lot of problem in getting the license.  Even though Saturday was a holiday, but after the instruction from administration the Sector 22 situated Community Health Center was open to issue licenses to traders.

Market Association President Naresh Pradhan said, “The traders start making queues as early as 6 am in the morning, but because of the absence of staffs, their turn come after long wait. The traders are facing lot of difficulties due to this.”

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The Expert’s Thought: Government and the competent authorities should set up a mechanism where the license delivery system would be simple and easy thus causing less chaos among seekers.

Ensure food safety by March 7, roadside eateries told

The Food and Drug Administration Department of Food Safety Directorate has fixed March 7 as the deadline for owners of roadside, small eateries and food vendors using pushcarts to fall in line with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006 to ensure hygiene and food safety.

Designated Officer for Food Safety R. Kadiravan, Food Safety Officers K. Chandran and R. Govindarajan on Thursday sensitised owners of small, roadside eateries and food stalls on pushcarts to the provisions in the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006 compared to the repealed Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.

The owners will have to apply for licence and registration before March 7 failing which they will be evicted from their places of business. If the vendor has applied for licence and there is a delay in its issuance then he/she is at liberty to carry on with the business and the Act insulates him/her from action. The Department will provide identity cards with photo and certificates to them.

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The Expert’s Thought: The deadline is more important than its effective implementation and compliance by the food industry.

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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The Expert’s Thought: The FSSAI Law is a milestone in Indian Food Industry however there are many challeneges ranging from effective implementation to regulation.

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