SRINAGAR, Nov 28:
The High Court has directed the state government to file a compliance report about its directions on implementation of Food Safety and Standards Act in the state. In case the state government fails to file report within the stipulated time, the State Chief Secretary has been directed to appear personal before the court on the next date of hearing.
The direction came from a division bench of the High Court comprising justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Muzaffar Hussain Attar in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) on Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006 and Food Safety and Standard Rules, 2011.
The court has asked the state government to apprise about measures taken with regard to implementation of the recommendations of the committee on Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006 and Food Safety and Standard Rules, 2011.
State government has also been directed to take samples from the across the state, get them examined and submit the report of the experts to the court. The court directed the Commissioner of Food and Safety, Jammu and Kashmir, to appear in person before it on the next date of hearing.
Earlier the court had expressed dissatisfaction over the reply the state filed to the PIL, saying it was not in sync with the court directions.
In March this year, Advocate Sheikh Mohammad Ayoub who has filed the PIL had submitted before the division bench about non-implementation of the Food Safety Act and the Rules by the state government terming it a grave issue which according to him requires to be taken seriously.
He had further submitted the Food Safety Act 2006 and Food Safety and Standards Rules of 2011 provide that the post of Commissioner Food Safety should be manned by a person of Commissioner Secretary rank, while in J&K an Incharge Drug Controller has been assigned the job, who according to the counsel, lacks the basic eligibility and qualification.
“The present incumbent is not competent to hold the post and sanction any prosecution” he argued, adding that the respondent “is not in a position to take any action against the person found guilty under the Act and Rules. Adulterated food items are openly sold and many spices and edibles in the market are unsafe for consumption as the Act and Rules have not been implemented,” he submitted before the division bench on Wednesday.
In his petition, advocate Ayoub, has submitted that adulterated milk, sub standard and misbranded food products are being sold in the market in Jammu and Kashmir without any check. “Almost all spices and edible items from A to Z sold in the market are unsafe for human consumption. In the entire state particularly in the valley the milk which is being sold in the market is 80 per cent adulterated, which has been certified by the Food safety and Standards Authority of India,” reads the PIL on Food Safety in J&K.
The petitioner has further pointed out in his petition that the designated officers or food safety officers have miserably failed to show any positive development from the date Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 and Food Safety and Standards Rules 2011, came into force by checking and taking the samples from the market, to impose the penalty or launch prosecution as per Food Safety Act. “There is no responsibility or accountability to the so called designated officers or food safety officers particularly in the twin cities of the state,” reads the PIL on Food Safety in J&K.
Bengaluru, Nov 29 (KNN) In an effort to ensure effective implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 (FSSAI), the Karnataka Commissioner of Food Safety is taking various measures such as setting up a food safety cell with support of a consultant.
“With an intention to expedite the implementation of FSSA and Rules effectively within the time frame, KHSDRP, under Additional Financing, has agreed to establish a “Food Safety Cell” with support of a Food Safety Consultant, a legal consultant and data entry operator in the office of the Food Safety Commissioner,” said a notification from the Karnataka Health System Development and Reform Project (KHSDRP).
The project will strengthen the implementation of the Act in Karnataka through various activities such as building capacity and upgrading of existing food laboratories in the state; undertaking a mapping and baseline survey of various food business units in selected regions to facilitate their registration and licensing; developing IEC strategy and materials to create awareness of both small and large FBOs in the state of their rights and responsibilities under the Statutory Act; strengthening the oversight mechanisms for compliance with safety standards.
Further, hotel, restaurant owners and street vendors will be trained to implement the Act; institutions in rural areas will be trained to improve safe delivery of the Mid-day Meal Scheme and the food provision for children under 5 under the National ICDS.
It has also been proposed to develop a website/helpline and grievance redressal mechanism to support food safety issues in the state.
In this context, KHSDRP seeks the services of a food consultant to assist the commissioner in all aspects of food safety in the state.
Food, being the basic human need, must be safe nutritious, healthy and hygienic for consumption and assimilation. The Government of India (GoI) with intent to regulate this has enacted the Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSA) 2006 along with its Rules and Regulations 2011 for food products at different stages on scientific basis. (KNN/ES)
Jammu, November 27
Food Safety officials of the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) today imposed a fine of Rs 6,500 on eateries that were found preparing food in unhygienic conditions in different areas of the city. Three samples were also taken to check their quality.
A team led by Health Officer Dr Vinod Sharma inspected various food establishments including bakery and fruit shops and ice cream units in Narwal and Channi Himmat areas and found some units using poor quality material.
Also, citizens were advised not to smoke at public places. Five persons were booked and fined Rs 700 for smoking in public place.
Dr Sharma said the drive would continue and people were requested to co-operate with the Municipal Corporation and pay their user charges regularly to make the ongoing drive a success and to make the city neat and clean.
RS Pura, November 28
With an idea to generate awareness for Food Safety Act and Tobacco Act, Municipal Committee (MC) RS Pura organised awareness camp today. Assistant Controller Food, Madan Lal Magotra was chief guest in the camp.