Food Safety Enforcement News – India this week – 21-05-2017

GENERAL

To reduce fat consumption new guidelines for packaged food soon: FSSAI

Food regulator FSSAI today said it will soon come out with new regulations relating to labelling of packaged food products and incorporate the expert panel’s suggestions for reducing consumption of fat, sugar and salt.
FSSAI has said that to reduce consumptions of junk food with high contents of fat, sugar and salt, guidelines for appropriate packaging will be released soon.
Food regulator FSSAI today said it will soon come out with new regulations relating to labelling of packaged food products and incorporate the expert panel’s suggestions for reducing consumption of fat, sugar and salt.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will also frame a definition of junk food, its CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said.
Asked whether the FSSAI would implement the suggestions made by an expert panel set up by it, he said that many recommendations are beyond the regulator’s jurisdiction.
“We are bringing change in labelling regulations. We are making a big change,” Agarwal told reporters here.
He said the FSSAI would, for the time being, incorporate the panel’s suggestions related to labelling of food products.
An expert panel set up by FSSAI has recommended additional tax on highly processed food items and sugar-laced beverages as well as a ban on advertising of junk foods on children channels or during kids shows on TV.
It has suggested that informations like total calories, amount of carbohydrates, sugar, fat, protein, sodium, dietary fibre, amount of trans-fat added in food should be mandatory for labelling in food products.
Agarwal said there is no definition of junk food and even this panels’s report has not defined it.
Asked about suggestions of advertising ban, he said: “First, we will have to define, what food will be restricted. By itself, report can not lead to action”.
Agarwal said the government plans to make it mandatory for food business operators to have at least one trained food supervisors.
The FSSAI, he said, is launching food safety training and certificate programmes through both offline and online system. It is looking for partners so that trainings could be provided across the country.
“With the scale we are contemplating, this is a massive exercise in raising the food safety standards in the country,” Agarwal said.
The FSSAI is focusing on increasing awareness about the consumer grievance redressal mechanism adopted by food businesses. “Consumers should not be left high and dry when it comes to grievance redressal”.
It is also taking initiative to provide safe, nutritious and wholesome foods to citizens at home, schools, offices, public places and place of worship.
Addressing the conference, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said the FSSAI is a very critical organisation in making India free from unsafe and unadulterated food.
He complemented the regulator for taking many progressive moves including fortification of food products to deal with micro-nutrients deficiency.
Stating that the FSSAI is using technology in a big way and is doing away with papers, he said there should not be any paper work and no public interface for getting license and registration.
“We allow the industry to do self certification. But if anyone is found violating the norms, there should be stringent and toughest action,” Kant said.
He stressed on harmonisation of Indian standards with global norms.
 

FSSAI to define junk food before imposing additional tax

 
FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal says will define junk food before looking at imposing additional tax on packaged foods with high fat, sugar and salt content
New Delhi: Food safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) chief executive officer Pawan Kumar Agarwal on Tuesday said the food regulator will first “define junk food” before looking at imposing any additional tax on packaged foods with high fat, sugar and salt content.
Last week, FSSAI had put up a report by an 11-member expert group on the subject. FSSAI had set up the expert group after a Delhi high court order in June 2015. The expert group, which listed almost every packaged food item in the category, had proposed an additional tax on all packaged food items with high fat, sugar and salt.
“Imposing additional tax on the purchase of commodities such as pre-packaged foods with high salt and fat content, sugar sweetened beverages, etc. can be a pragmatic approach to reduce the rising burden of chronic diseases among Indian population. Imposing excise tax on unhealthy eating products can be an endeavour to bring about positive health effects among population. This exercise can be of great importance in supporting nutrition-related programmes by the means of profit generated from taxing unhealthy food products,” noted the expert group report.
“The report will be used as a reference. We may or may not take the suggestions listed there,” Agarwal said, adding that the regulator is likely to bring new labelling norms based on the suggestions in the report. The regulator is in the process of finalizing the new labelling norms.
The expert group also asked for restrictions of advertisement of these products on kids television channels and during programmes targeted to children. “This has to be looked into in detail,” Agarwal said.
Meanwhile, Agarwal said FSSAI is collaborating with corporate entities, academic institutions and Government skilling councils for Food Safety Training and Certification programme to train food safety supervisers. “Over a period, every food company will mandatorily have to have at least one trained food safety supervisor at its premises,” said Agarwal.
The authority has developed 19 short-term courses that would be offered at different institutes. “We’ll eventually host e-learning courses that will be available to all and raise the food standards of food businesses by several notches,” added Agarwal.
On Tuesday, the food regulator also launched a new interactive portal meant for the consumers for information, references and grievance redressal.
As part of its aim to enhance food safety and nutrition, FSSAI is planning to come up with joint campaigns with the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan, the regulator said in a statement.

New guidelines for labelling of packaged food soon: FSSAI

 
New Dehi : Food regulator FSSAI today said it will soon come out with new regulations relating to labelling of packaged food products and incorporate the expert panels suggestions for reducing consumption of fat, sugar and salt.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will also frame a definition of junk food, its CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said.
Asked whether the FSSAI would implement the suggestions made by an expert panel set up by it, he said that many recommendations are beyond the regulators jurisdiction.
“We are bringing change in labelling regulations. We are making a big change,” Agarwal told reporters here.
He said the FSSAI would, for the time being, incorporate the panels suggestions related to labelling of food products.
An expert panel set up by FSSAI has recommended additional tax on highly processed food items and sugar-laced beverages as well as a ban on advertising of junk foods on children channels or during kids shows on TV.
It has suggested that informations like total calories, amount of carbohydrates, sugar, fat, protein, sodium, dietary fibre, amount of trans-fat added in food should be mandatory for labelling in food products.
Agarwal said there is no definition of junk food and even this panelss report has not defined it.
Asked about suggestions of advertising ban, he said: “First, we will have to define, what food will be restricted. By itself, report can not lead to action”.
Agarwal said the government plans to make it mandatory for food business operators to have at least one trained food supervisors.
The FSSAI, he said, is launching food safety training and certificate programmes through both offline and online system. It is looking for partners so that trainings could be provided across the country.
“With the scale we are contemplating, this is a massive exercise in raising the food safety standards in the country,” Agarwal said.
The FSSAI is focusing on increasing awareness about the consumer grievance redressal mechanism adopted by food businesses. “Consumers should not be left high and dry when it comes to grievance redressal”.
It is also taking initiative to provide safe, nutritious and wholesome foods to citizens at home, schools, offices, public places and place of worship.
Addressing the conference, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant said the FSSAI is a very critical organisation in making India free from unsafe and unadulterated food.
He complemented the regulator for taking many progressive moves including fortification of food products to deal with micro-nutrients deficiency.
Stating that the FSSAI is using technology in a big way and is doing away with papers, he said there should not be any paper work and no public interface for getting license and registration.
“We allow the industry to do self certification. But if anyone is found violating the norms, there should be stringent and toughest action,” Kant said.
He stressed on harmonisation of Indian standards with global norms.

FSSAI conducts workshop on safe and nutritious food in Lancers International School

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) conducted a 20- minute workshop on ‘safe and nutritious food at Lancers International School today. The workshop was conducted under FSSAI’s ‘safe and nutritious food at school’ initiative. Officials of FSSAI were also present at the occasion.
As part of this initiative, mascots developed by FSSAI, Master Sehat and Miss Sehat gave valuable tips regarding the importance of safe and nutritious food through interactive skit. They advised to purchase milk in tetra packs where adulteration chances are minimum. They also briefed about the significance of consuming fortified food, various deficiency diseases and how to take precautions to avoid them. More than 200 students attended the workshop.
FSSAI has launched pan- India ‘Safe and nutritious food at school’ initiative during which they plan to reach out to 16 lakh government, public, private as well as international schools across the country. FSSAI has developed multi-pronged strategy to deliver the message.
“There is an urgent need to spread awareness about safe and healthy food to ward off diseases. Since children are powerful change agents, such an initiative at schools will long a long way in instilling consciousness about the importance of safe and healthy food .We heartily thank FSSAI for conducting this workshop at Lancers International School,” said Rohit Mann, Director, Lancers International School.
The objective of the initiative is to impart principles of food safety in a full-filled way through interactive theatre workshops and mascots. The initiative intends to train teachers and senior students as Health and Wellness coordinators to disseminate the message of safe and nutritious food to their school and drive various safe food initiatives. It also plans to drive the initiative by reviewing the curriculum from Class 1 to 12 standards for identifying crucial gaps, spreading awareness through extra-curricular activities like interactive quizzes, mascots, and legislative and regulatory framework.
“The session by FSSAI was really informative and made us aware about consuming safe and healthy food.” said, Kovida Chhikara a student of Lancers International School.
Lancers International School has been actively promoting the significance of safe and healthy food. A week ago, a session on ‘Healthy Food practices’ was organized by Dr. Sushila Kataria,Director Department of Medicine & Geriatrics ,Medanta. The children had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Kataria one on one and discuss the food and safety measures to be taken at their end.
The school also sends its food and water to testing lab once in every quarter to maintain safe and high standards of food in the campus.

AP & TELENGANA

CHANDIGARH

Food Safety Officers Conducted Raid at Grain Market Sector-26

 
Chandigarh: In view of the ongoing summer season artificial ripening of fruits like mango, papaya with calcium carbide is common practice adopted by various Food Business Operators. The use of which is prohibited for ripening of fruits under the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011. The ripened fruits with the above said chemical cause serious health problems.
Looking into the seriousness of the matter the Food Safety Officers i. Sh. Bharat Kanojia, Sh. Surinder Pal Singh, Sh. Bhaljinder Singh, Mandeep Kaur, Mrs. Nisha Juneja, Navneet Bagga and Ms. Amardeep Kaur in early hours conducted a massive raid in the area of Grain Market, Sector-26, Chandigarh as directed by the designated Officer, Food Safety Administration, Chandigarh. The officers from the Food & Supply Department also accompanied the team. Many warehouses and shops where the fruits like mango and papaya were stored were inspected and it was found during inspection that the Food Business Operators were using Calcium Carbide for its ripening. About 180 kgs of Mangoes was seized and destroyed in th dumping ground of Chandigarh through the vehicles of Municipal Corporation, Chandigarh.
The traders dealing in sale, storage and distribution of fruits are advised not to use any type of hazardous chemical for the ripening of fruits. If anybody is found violating the provisions of Food Safety and Standard Act,2006 and the Rules & Regulations, 2011 framed there under, action will be initiated against the such violators.
GUJARAT
Surat: Most of the water bottling plants in Bhathena, Limbayat, Udhna and Varachha that supply mineral water in the city are operating in unhygienic conditions. The health department of Surat Municipal Corporation raided one such bottling plant in Khodiyar Nagar on Wednesday and found there several aedes mosquito breeding spots that transmit dengue fever. The owner Jitu Patel was fined Rs10,000 by SMC officials who ordered immediate closure of the water bottling plant.
SMC had registered 52 such plants under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 of which 15 have now closed. These plants package 9, 72,000 litre of water daily and supply it to different parts of the city. “We take samples regularly and punish those who sell contaminated water,” said an SMC officer.
“SMC should ensure that the Jitu Patel never gets the licence to sell packaged mineral water again. Many water bottling plants package bore water and sell it as mineral water to people,” said Shiv Patel, a resident of Limbayat .
SMC chief health officer Dr Ashish Naik said, “The issue of impure water crops up in areas like Limbayat, Udhna and Varachha zone more often. People living in Rander and Athawa have installed reverse osmosis (RO) plants in their homes.”

J & K

D&FCO officials inspect food outlets in city: destroy unhygienic food

Jammu : A special drive against the menace of food adulteration especially against the fast food roadside outlets was conducted today in Gandhi Nagar, Nanak Nagar, Trikuta Nagar and adjoining areas of Jammu city. Official spokesperson said, “Acting on the complaints of the consumers regarding poor quality of Chinese food specially momos being prepared, sold and served under unhygienic conditions, a team of officers from Drug & Food Control Organization (D&FCO) today conducted a surprise inspection of food vendors at various parts of the Jammu city.” 
“The team visited Gandhi Nagar, Nanak Nagar, Trikuta Nagar and adjoining areas during which six samples of momos were collected and sent to Food Analyst -Jammu Division. Approximately thousand pieces of momos lying in unhygienic conditions were destroyed on spot as a precaution,” he added. Official also said that one sample of Mono-Sodium-Glutamate (MSG) was also sent to check its quality. Pertinently, use of MSG has been prohibited in processed food for children below the age of 12 years. 
On the occasion, food business operators were directed to strictly adhere to the provisions laid under Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and maintain high standards of sanitary and hygienic conditions. Any body found not complying to the directions will be dealt with strictly under Food Safety Act.

Rotten, uncovered food seized from City eateries

Srinagar: The food safety officers of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) visited various areas of Srinagar to inspect food establishments including hotels, bakery shops, dhaba’s and other food outlets. The visit was initiated by commissioner SMC Dr Shafqat Khan.
The eateries that got inspected in different areas included Lal Chowk, M.A road, Batamaloo, Residency road, Wazirbagh , Rajbagh , Hyderpora and adjacent areas.
During the inspection large quantity of rusted utensils and uncovered food items kept in polythene bags were were destroyed on spot.
The mutton sellers were strictly directed to maintain proper hygiene. Rotten vegetables and fruits were destroyed in bulk from various City markets, an SMC spokesperson said.
The Commissioner SMC Dr Shafqat Khan in this regard has appealed food business operators to maintain up to mark hygiene and sell qualitative food to the public.
KERALA

Rights panel seeks report from FSSAI

‘Chemicals used to preserve fruits’
The Kerala State Human Rights Commission has asked the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to submit a report to the State Food Safety Commissioner on the allegation that chemicals have been used to preserve fruits that is being exported from the Calicut International Airport.
Based on media reports
Commission acting chairperson P. Mohanachandradas said in a press release that a suo motu case had been registered based on media reports and an explanation sought from the State Food Safety Commissioner on the issue.
The commission was told that the Assistant Food Safety Commissioner, Malappuram, had collected samples and sent them to the food analytical laboratory in Kozhikode.
When it was pointed out that the FSSAI was issuing licence to firms involved in selling food at the airport and the State officials did not have the authority to conduct raids there, Mr. Mohanachandradas served a notice on the Central agency. The commission pointed out that “cheating expatriates by sending them unhealthy food” could not be tolerated.
KOCHI: In a major crackdown on unhygienic eateries, the district administration has closed down 79 food joints in the Kalamassery, Aluva and Thrikkakara municipal areas.
The special squads constituted by District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla had conducted inspections at hotels, bakeries and wayside eateries as part of the one-week drive, which was launched in the wake of reports of epidemic outbreak in the district.
As per the data from the district administration, the maximum number of eateries were closed down in the Kalamassery municipal area, where over 40 cases of Hepatitis A were reported recently.
Of the 91 eateries inspected in Kalamassery municipality, 37 were closed down and five were removed. As many as 25 eateries were closed down in Aluva, which is fast turning into a migrant hub. In Thrikkakara municipality, the team inspected 109 shops and closed around 17 food joints and removed 26 wayside eateries.
“We have issued stop memos to the eateries that had been functioning in unhygienic conditions, operating without obtaining licence from the local bodies and employed workers without health cards. Many illegal wayside eateries were removed during the drive,” said District Health Officer P N Sreenivasan, who coordinated the drive. 
The District Collector, who is also the chairman of the District Disaster management Authority, had last week formed the special squad comprising Revenue, municipality, health, police and food safety officers after cases of jaundice, diphtheria, hepatitis, dengue and H1N1 were reported from various parts of the district.
The squads were empowered under Sections 30(5), 30(20) and 33 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, to inspect eateries, including bakeries and hotels.
“We will intensify the inspections in the coming days and action will be taken against offenders based on the Municipal Food Safety rules. The drive is part of the preventive measures to check the spread of epidemics before the onset of monsoon,” the District Collector said.
Raids at food joints
Kalamassery
Inspected 91
Closed 37
Removed 5
Aluva
Inspected 74
Closed 25
Removed nil
Thrikkakara
Inspected 109
Closed 17
MAHARASHTRA

FDA seizes substandard betel nut in raid

 
NAGPUR: The Food and Drugs Administration seized 3871 kg of substandard and adulterated betel nut costing about Rs 8.3 lakh.
The betel nut was seized in a planned raid conducted by the FDA food inspectors from M/S S M Enterprises, Eknathsao Wadi in Tandapath. The samples of the betel nut have been sent for laboratory analysis.
The betel unit owned by Mahendra Baliram Hedau was under watch for some time by the FDA officials. Action will be taken against the trader as per the 2006 law of food safety depending on the analysis report, said the FDA joint commissioner (food) M S Deshpande.
Deshpande said that such planned raids will continue in future at all the suspected places in the city. He has appealed to the people to inform the FDA about any such illegal activity on 0712-2562204.

PUNJAB

3,390 litres of adulterated cooking oil seized from store

Meerut: The Food Safety and Drugs Administration (FSDA) personnel seized 3,390 litre of adulterated oil valued at Rs 3.71 lakh from a store in Meerut’s Madhavpuram while checking in cooking oil. As many as 11 samples of adulterated oil, including mustard oil, refined palm oil, vegetable oil and ghee, were taken from the spot and sent to a Lucknow laboratory.Giving details, Randheer Singh, designated officer, FSDA, said, “We have seized 3,390 litres of oil from the spot. This includes 510 litres of mustard oil, 720 litres each of palm oil and vegetable oil, and 1,440 litres of ghee from one STS Group situated in sector 3 of Madhavpuram on Thursday.”According to Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) guideline, blending of rice bran and palmolein with mustard up to 25% to make refined vegetable oil is allowed, but authorities said they found tins and containers of palm oil at the spot which were labeled as mustard oil, which is illegal.“The store in Madhavpuram from where oil worth Rs 3.71 lakh was seized belongs to one Trilok Chand Gupta and he used to sell these items from this store only. 
He also did not have the licence of the store, where he had kept mustard oil, palm oil and vegetable oil,” said Anand Dev, chief food safety officer.The raid was conducted on the basis of a tipoff received by the FSDA department on Thursday afternoon. “A many as 11 samples have been taken from the spot and sent for testing to the Lucknow laboratory. Once the report arrives – which takes at least a month’s time – action will be taken against the owner,” said Dev.

Raids conducted, food samples collected

Following the directions of health Minister Brahm Mahindra and commissioner food Siri Varun Roozam, a Special raid was conducted today in the evening to check those food business operators who were selling fast food on the carts and in shops.
Samples of fast food items were taken from nakodar road, old GT Road and other areas of the city.
Two samples of milk were also taken from a dairy in Ajit Nagar Bhattha Road. Samples of roasted China and biscuits were taken from Nakodar Road near Lal Rattan Cinema Jalandhar.
As many as 11 samples of milk, two, sauces and chutney, bhaji, roasted chana, biscuits and other champ were collected by the food safety team.
All the food business operators particularly those dealing with prepared food items were directed to prepare food and serve food while wearing gloves, headgear and after taking other Hygenic protections.
Dr Harjot Pal Singh Assistant Food Commissioner directed all the food business operators to obtain online food licence at the earliest failing which necessary legal action shall be initiated against those working without license.
It Is worth mentioning here that the last date for obtaining online food licence has already expired. The sampling team consisted of team in charge Dr Harjot Pal Singh assistant commissioner food Jalandhar, food safety officers Rashu Mahajan and Divya Bhagat along withalong with other employees.

TAMILNADU

Bid to burn 2 tonnes of chocolates not fit for consumption foiled

Food safety officials at the site where chocolates that had passed expiry date had been heaped for being burnt near Palayamkottai on Thursday
Officials ask distributor to send them back to manufacturer
Food Safety officials thwarted the attempt to burn two tonnes of chocolates not fit for consumption in a land closer to the residential area near Palayamkottai on Thursday.
On getting information that a leading distributor of consumer goods and office-bearer of consumer goods stockists association had heaped 2 tonnes of chocolates that had passed expiry date in his land near Tirunelveli Taluk Police Station for destroying it, Designated Officer, Food Safety, Senthil Kumar and Food Safety Officers A.R. Sankaralingam, Ramesh and Kalimuthu rushed to the spot.
The distributor’s assistants, who had been entrusted with the job of destroying the chocolates, told the officials that they would usually burn the confection not fit for consumption in the distributor’s land as burying it in the land would spoil the soil texture. However, the officials told the assistants, who had brought the chocolates in three trucks for burning, to send it back to the manufacturer who would destroy it scientifically.
Accepting it, the assistants assured the officials that they would send the consignment back to the manufacturer.
Earlier, the Food Safety Officials took samples of ‘neera’ (‘pathaneer’) from the vendors on Thursday morning following complaints from the public that ‘artificial pathaneer’ was being sold by them by mixing saccharin in water. The officials, who warned the vendors that selling adulterated ‘pathaneer’ would land them in legal tangles and attract a few thousand rupees as fine, also told them to get the mandatory certificate under the Food Safety Regulation Act by paying the prescribed fee of ₹. 100.

Send complaints about adulteration to dedicated WhatsApp number

Trichy: The process of registering complaints about adulteration of food commodities and inferior food quality is all set to become easy with the Tamil Nadu food safety department introducing a WhatsApp number for grievance redressal.
On Monday, the Trichy district administration informed people that they can lodge complaints to the food safety department in Chennai on the WhatsApp number – 94440 42322. The number will be accessed by a state-level officer. The complaints will be forwarded to the designated officer (DO) of the food safety department in respective districts. Thereafter, the food safety officer (FSO) of the taluk will receive the complaints on his smart phone and will start an inquiry.
Though the number was officially released by the district administration on Monday, it had already received a few complaints from Trichy. A complaint about inferior quality biscuits was one of the complaints received recently on the number.
The purpose of introducing a dedicated WhatsApp number for receiving complaints is to reduce the time gap between the date of filing the complaint and the action taken on it, said officials.
They said the volume of complaints received is likely to increase as people become familiar with the number. People can lodge complaints about inferior quality of the food and food products, use of carbide stones for ripening mangoes, sale of commodities beyond the expiry date, and manufacturing date or expiry date missing on the label, among others.
Officials said that adulteration of edible oil is a worrying trend in the district. This involves mixing of rice bran oil or palm oil with gingelly oil.
Meanwhile, designated officers in all districts in the state have been ordered to submit a compiled report on action taken on complaints received on the number.

Sago manufacturers warned

Officials of Salem Starch and Manufacturers’ Service Industrial Co-operative Society Limited (SAGOSERVE) and the Tamil Nadu Food Safety Drug Administration Department has warned sago manufacturers not to produce adulterated products.
During a meeting organised by Sagoserve here recently with sago manufacturers from seven districts, D. Raajendiran, Managing Director, Sagoserve, said that harmful chemicals are used to bleach sago to achieve pure white colour, which is banned as per Food Safety and Standards Act.
T. Anuradha, Salem District Designated Officer, said that maize starch and sago starch are mixed in equal quantities to produce adulterated product which is a violation. She said that while tapioca starch is sold at ₹ 55 per kg while maize starch is sold at ₹ 25 kg in the market. Hence, to earn more profit, adulteration and hazardous chemicals are used endangering the lives of the consumers.
She warned that strict action will be taken against adulterators, including cancelling the license of the unit, if the violations are found.
UTTARKHAND

Open sale of meat to be banned in Dehradun city

According to norms, even shops with a licence cannot keep meat in the open and have to do their business behind closed doors.
The state urban development minister Madan Kaushik on Sunday announced that open sale of meat will be banned in Dehradun city even if shops have a licence. He announced the decision after a meeting with local traders union in Dehradun.
Speaking to officials from local bodies and state urban development department present in the meeting, Kaushik said that shops with a licence cannot keep meat in the open and have to do their business behind closed doors as per norms.
He directed officials of Dehradun Municipal Corporation and other departments to hold public awareness campaigns and inform shopkeepers not to sell meat in the open.
Kaushik ordered that meat traders with open shops who want to continue with the same arrangement will be provided land at a separate location that will be surveyed and identified by the officials of Dehradun Municipal Corporation and district food safety department.
The minister has given strict instructions to the official to deal sternly with illegal meat shops owners and initiate legal action against them.
He has also asked the officials to expedite pending licence applications of meat traders.
Apart from officials, Dehradun mayor and BJP MLA Vinod Chamoli, senior Congress leader and former corporator Ashok Verma, BJP leader and Dehradun Traders Association chief Umesh Aggarwal and Anil Goyel were present in the meeting.
Earlier, the BJP-led state government had ordered that meat shops along River Ganga be shut down. It had also raided illegal slaughterhouses operating across the state.
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