Saturday, November 19, 2011

ENFORCEMENT BEGINS LATERALLY.

FOOD SAFETY OFFICERS AT THE STAGE.
                          The much awaited Food Safety and Standards Act,2006 has come into force on and from 05.08.2011 and it extends to the whole of India. This is an Act to ensure safe,hygenic,wholesome food to all. The part time Food Inspectors who were working in the Local bodies and in Primary Health Centres have been re-designated as full time Food Safety Officers and have been posted under the Food Safety and Standards Department of the States.

                      
MR.MARIAPPAN,FSO ADDRESSING THE FBOs
                         The Commissioner of Food Safety will be the officer in charge for the Food safety and Standards authority of the states. The Joint-commissioner of Food safety will be the next officer at the state level. The Designated Officers will be looking after the food safety at the District level. The Food Safety Officers will be working under the leadership of the Designated Officers. The repealed Act namely the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act which was in force till 04.08.2011 was enacted  in the year 1954 which needed suitable amendments and updates. Hence, the new Act was enacted in the year 2006, shaped carefully and came into force from 05.08.2011 
FOOD BUSINESS OPERATORS 
                             There was havoc among the traders about the new Act. They are unaware that this Act is a comprehensive one with graded penalties and it provides safeguards for consumers with a provision for food recall procedures. 
FOOD BUSINESS OPERATORS 
                     The Government and the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India were also keen on enlightening the Food Business Operators and the public about the comprehensiveness of the law, so that the enforcement could be a lateral one rather than a  vertical one.
HOTEL OWNERS'ASSOCIATION REPRESENTATIVE MR.JAYAPRAKASH
                      With a view to fulfill the expectations of the Government and FSSAI, an awareness program was conducted to the Food Business Operators of Tirunelveli city on 18.11.2011.Representatives from various service organisations of the Food Business Operators participated in the campaign.
INTERROGATION AND REPLY PROGRAM

                        It was equally punishable with six months imprisonment and with a fine of Rs.1000/- both for adulterating a food and also for misbranding it, as per the repealed Act. Misbranding, among other things,means non declaration of mandatory label declarations on the label by the manufacturers. 

INTERROGATION AND REPLY PROGRAM
                    But the new Act provides for graded punishment based on the gravity of offence. The Food Safety Officers of the Tirunelveli District explained the new Act and its provisions. There was an interogation at the end of the session to make it a two way communication. Mr.A.R.Sankaralingam, Food Safety Officer answered the queries raised by the Food Business Operators.             

PRESS NEWS IN LOCAL DAILY.
                   The Food Business Operators went back with a clear knowledge about the new Act, which provides severe punishment only for voluntary adulteration.