Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) today alleged that a bakery in Kohima sold spoilt chicken bun to a customer.
A press release from the Press & Media Cell, NVCO informed that the customer took his grievance to the Department of Food Safety and further brought it to the notice of the NVCO.
Condemning the act of the food operator, President of NVCO Kezhokhoto Savi asserted the case is to be dealt with very seriously as it concerns “seriously causing harm to our citizens’ health especially the innocent and ignorant consumers which may lead to food poisoning,” the release said. He added that similar problem is becoming more and more common in the market.
The release informed that the Government of Nagaland has already implemented the Food Safety & Standard Act 2006 in the State and the Chief Medical Officer Kohima has informed the food business operators, including hotels, restaurants, provisions, bakeries, groceries, home based canteens of schools/colleges, office, tea stall, street food vendors, etc. to obtain food safety license/registration. As per the Act, it said, the Food Safety Officer should check all the mentioned food business operators.
The Food Safety & Standard Act 2006, NVCO stated, aims to consolidate the law relating to food and to establish the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of sale and wholesome food for human consumption in the country.
Food safety refers to the condition and practices that preserve the quality of food to prevent contamination of food borne illness, it added.