11 Years, No Complain For Unsafe Ingredients In Food: Govt. To Pay Those Who Complain Of Adulteration
December 29th, 2017
Courtesy- The New Indian Express
The central government urges for public participation to get food tested since no public complaints have filed under Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s Special Act (FSSAI) introduced in 2006.
As per the provisions of FSSAI Act, if any food item purchased by a person is found adulterated, that individual can get it tested and the amount will be reimbursed. According to a report by The New Indian Express, an official in the union government said: “In a recent FSSAI audit by the CAG, it emerged that there has not been a single complaint under the Act and therefore, we have decided to widely advertise the provision.”
The process of testing the food materials for unsafe ingredients cost Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 depending on the food product. Even though thousands of tests were done at FSSAI labs, no complaints from the consumers have been registered so far. It is in this regard that Food Safety and Standards Authority of India asks for public participation to combat adulteration in food.
The Food Safety And Standard Act, 2006
The Food Safety standard Act was passed on 23rd August 2006, by the parliament with all the following integrations: Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, Fruit Products Order, 1955, Meat & Food Products Order, 1973, Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947, Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation), 1988, Solvent Extracted Oil, Deoiled Meal & Edible Flour (Control) Order, 1967, Milk & Milk Products Order, 1992, Any order under essential commodities Act, 1955 (10 of 1955) relating to food.
Customers can file a complaint with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India regarding adulteration of food items according to the provisions of the act. Any food business operator that fails to comply with the conditions will have their license suspended or cancelled without a refund of fee.
Consumers can take a sample of the food & get it tested at @fssaiindia labs. If the food sample is found to be unsafe, the cost of the testing is reimbursed to the consumer. The #FSSAI officer retains a sample of the adulterated food for enforcement purposes. #SwasthaBharat
— Dr Manoj Rajoria (@drmanojrajoria) December 28, 2017