Thursday, July 28, 2011



                    The Food and Drug Department of Gujarat will start uploading reports on adulterated products, spurious drugs on its website in a month. Consumers can use data to eat healthy.

                         To make consumers aware of food items and medicines that fail laboratory test , the Food and Drug Department has decided to put the report of adulterated products on its website. The lab report until now was not accessible to the people though they are the end users.The new system, likely to be in place in about a month, will help consumers stay updated on the quality of the edibles and in turn curb the sale of harmful stuff.               
                       “Making the report public will create awareness among the people who, after going through the report, will not buy the food products that are sub-standard. Once the customers boycott such products, the companies will be compelled to withdraw their entire stock or batch from the market. With technology assistance from National Informatics Centre (NIC) we will be able to quickly upload the lab report on the department website,” said state Food and Drug Commissioner H G Koshia.
Failing Food Samples:
Agency officials collect samples from open market, and daily at least 10 food samples fail to match the established norms of food safety, said a source in the department.
Ignorance helps make money:
              “Though the department asks the manufacturers to withdraw adulterated items from the market, they hardly follow the directive and people continue purchasing these products without any check. But now people can use the test report and save themselves from food poisoning and other complications,” said Koshia.
SMS Alerts consumers also:

                     The online system that sends an SMS alert on a substandard drug to medical stores, doctors and the manufacturers concerned as soon as a drug tests not fit for consumption. 
                    “The NIC has been roped in to widen the reach of the system. For this purpose, the state has allocated Rs 4 lakh,” said Koshia. Incidentally, at least five drugs fail to meet the prescribed standards of the agency every day.

1 comment:

johana mariz said...

I think the government and the department should also investigate how those products made it to the market when they actually failed laboratory tests. I guess they also need to publish some guidelines for food safety awareness training so they can easily see what's "wrong" with their food or drugs.