Srinagar, Feb 24:
The government has established Food Safety Appellate Tribunals (FSAT) for Kashmir and Jammu divisions to look at the cases related food safety matters.
The order was issued by the Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department, M K Bhandari, who is also the Commissioner Food Safety in J&K.
As per the government order, the two Food Safety Appellate Tribunals have been established for Kashmir and Jammu divisions to hear appeals from the decisions of the Adjudicating Officers under section 68 of the Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSA) 2006.
The Additional Deputy Commissioners of every district have been designated as Adjudicating Officer as per the FSSA 2006.
Officials told Rising Kashmir that the decision was taken in wake of large number of pending cases related to unsafe, substandard and misbranded food products and items with the District Magistrates and in civil courts.
“The decision will fast-track the process of litigation in cases like substandard and misbranding of food items among others,” they said.
Jammu and Kashmir is one of the few places that would have this tribunal in place.
Appellate tribunals have already been set up in Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chattisgarh apart from the union territories of Andaman & Nicobar and Chandigarh.
According to officials, a district or sessions judge (in-service or retired) has been put in charge of the tribunals that would function in both the divisions.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been in the process of constituting Appellate Tribunals in a number of states for the last couple of years.
“However, the responsibility of setting up the tribunals rested with the state governments while FSSAI would provide the required assistance to complete the process,” added officials.
Srinagar, Feb 24: