JAMMU, Oct 21:
Adjudicating Officer (under FSSA 2006), Jammu has imposed a fine of Rs 4 lakh on M/s Wani Brothers of Shopian for supplying sub-standard ‘Chana’ (gram) Whole to the ICDS centers of Khour Block in Jammu, besides directing the accused firm to replace the supply immediately.
Food Safety Officer, Block Pallanwala, district Jammu, had inspected the premises of ICDS Store CDPO Office Khour Block Pallanwala on August 18, 2018 and collected sample of the nutrition supply of Chana Whole with a view to get it tested from the Food Laboratory, Jammu so as to see whether it meets the requisite standard of the food item as laid down in the Regulation framed under Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSA), 2006.
The report of Food Analyst was received on September 4, 2018 in which he declared the Chana Whole as sub-standard while stating that the sample does not conform to the standards prescribed for Chana Whole under Regulation No 2.4.6 (9) of FSS Regulations, 2011 in respect of Weevilled Grains and damaged grains.
Meanwhile, the supplier also accepted the report of the Food Analyst as he did not opt to get it re-analyzed by any other referral laboratory even though he was given option under Rule 2.4.2 (6) of the FSSA 2006/Regulation framed thereunder.
Following this, Food Safety Officer, Block Pallanwala, after getting sanction of the competent authority, lodged a complaint against Managing Director/ Person-Incharge of M/s Wani Brothers in the court of Adjudicating Officer (under FSSA 2006), Jammu under Section 51 of FSSA 2006 punishable under Section 51 of FSSA 2006.
After hearing the complainant and the accused, the Adjudicating Officer (under FSSA 2006), Jammu in the order said as the accused has virtually admitted the charge of substandard supply and also has undertaken to replace the same, which he is otherwise bound as per his supply contract, a fine of Rs 4 lakh is imposed on the accused to be deposited within seven days in treasury or with this court, which shall be credited to the Government Account.
The court also directed the accused to replace the supply immediately so that children of Anganwari Centres in the area do not suffer, while stating that the menace of food adulteration and supply of sub-standard food items is increasing day by day and it requires strict legal and social response as it threatens the very existence of a healthy human society.
The TN Food Safety and Drug Administration Department cancelled a KFC outlet’s licence in Nazrathpet near Poonamallee.
It was due to the failure to pay penalty after complaints of adulterated oil being used.
The Kamrup (Metro) district administration has imposed heavy fines, the total collection amounting to Rs 8 lakh, on traders found guilty of indulging in food adulteration.
ADC Prasanta Pratim Kathkotia, who carried out a number of raids in the Fancy Bazaar area, said at least 82 cases have been registered against traders who were cheating buyers by selling food products of low quality. Kathkotia said similar raids will be carried out in other city markets.
“Prakash Kabra, a mustard oil trader in Fancy Bazaar, was fined Rs 1 lakh. Dulal Mandal, a food business operator in Fancy Bazaar as well as the Bimal Oils and Foods Limited have been fined Rs 1.4 lakh each for selling oil of low quality,” said a statement issued from the DC office. Ambaji Food Products Limited of Ranchi has also been fined Rs 1.25 lakh for distributing food items of poor quality.
Pointing out that food adulteration is a crime under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, deputy commissioner Virendra Mittal has asked the officials to intensify their operations.
Corrupt fruit vendors are not being spared either with a trader from the Narengi area being fined Rs 20,000 for ripening bananas using carbide.
Officials of the district administration and food inspectors had destroyed around 12.5 quintals of mangoes after these were found to be ripened using chemicals in a market in Fancy Bazaar a few weeks ago. The market value of the damaged mangoes is reportedly more than Rs 62,000.
The Commissionerate of Food Safety department during last three month have lifted 706 samples of different food articles for analytical purposes out of which 192 has been found not conforming the standards prescribed under Food Safety & standards Act, 2006 and accordingly precautions under different provision of FSS Act have been lodged in the competent courts of law. The violators of the different provisions of the Act have been imposed a fine of Rs. 16,74,400/= so far. With regard to the implementation of Cigarette & Other Tobacco Products Act, 247 people have been found smoking at Public Places and an amount of Rs.16470/= have been imposed as fine on the violators.
The Commissionerate of food safety has placed seven mobile food testing vans (FOOD SAFETY ON WHEELS) in the state and so far about 359 samples of food have been tested in mobile food testing vans out which 22 have been found of not of standards quality and 39 food safety awareness programs have been conducted with the help of these Mobile Food Testing Vans for awareness of the general public as well as the Food Business Operators.
The department issued four advisories for the awareness of consumers as well as Food Business Operators. The services of the Mobile Food Testing Vans were utilized during the current Shri Amarnathji Yatra-2018 for ensuring availability of safe and hygienic food to the pilgrims. During the recent yatra period 546 Dhabas, Restaurants and Tea Stalls etc, 546 langers and 157 other Food Business Establishments were inspected and 40 samples of different food articles were lifted for analytical purposes.
These inspections were conducted via Baltal and Pahalgam Routes. The department conducted Induction Training of Food Safety Officers, two training programmes of all the regulatory officers on implementation of Food Safety Compliance through Regular Inspection and Sampling (FoSCoRIS) at Jammu and Srinagar in collaboration with Food Safety & standards Authority of India. The department has recently conducted Milk Quality Survey throughout the State in collaboration with Food Safety & Standards Authority of India and about 104 milk samples have been dispatched for testing at Gujrat through FASSI notified agency.
The Food Testing Laboratories at Srinagar have been upgraded with the help of State as well as Central grant. This Commissionerate has different projects like Food Safety Training & Certification (FoSTaC), Food Safety Compliance and Sampling (FoSCoS), Street Food Vendors Training, Hygiene Rating and Responsible Place to Eat in the pipe line for implementation in the coming months.
The proposal for allocation of the adequate budgetary provisions for strengthening of enforcement mechanism at district and block levels for the implementation of FSS act in letter and spirit in the state. The same has been submitted to the Government and is under active consideration at various levels.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has proposed stringent punishment of fine of Rs 10 lakh and imprisonment up to life term for those adulterating foodstuff. Besides, the regulator has also suggested creating a ‘Food Safety and Nutrition Fund’ to support promotional and outreach activities among food businesses and consumers.
The proposals are part of key changes recommended by FSSAI to amend the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The draft proposal, reviewed by TOI , recommended a new section in the FSS Act – Section 59 – that would lead to punishment for seven years, which can be extended up to life imprisonment besides a fine of Rs 10 lakh if individuals or businesses intentionally add adulterants to food products.
The punishment will apply irrespective of the adulteration causing actual injury to consumers.
Officials said the provisions have been proposed in the wake of increasing instances of food adulteration, which are impacting people’s health.
The regulator has sought feedback from state governments on the proposal. It also suggested a fund to undertake special programmes on food safety and nutrition.
Jammu Tawi, Jun 14
In a landmark Judgment announced by the Food Safety Appellate Tribunal, Jammu under Food Safety & Standards Act,2006 , the Court has upheld the judgments pronounced by Adjudicating Officers of District Samba and Udhampur in the Cases titled Food Safety Officer Samba V/s Fill industries Ltd SIDCO, Electronic Complex Rangreth-Srinagar & Others, Food Safety Officer Udhampur V/S M/s Sarveshwar Organic Food Ltd-Jammu wherein a fine of Rs Five Lacs Fifty Thousand have been imposed on the accused parties.
The Cases were pleaded by Adv Chowdhary Mohammad Ayoub who appeared for the Department before the Food Safety Appellate Tribunal Jammu. It is pertinent to mention here that during last year; 1921 statutory samples of various food articles were lifted from Jammu Province wherein 564 samples were found in contravention of FSSA.
Accordingly, Legal action was initiated against the defaulter companies. Out of which 497 cases have been decided and fine amounting to Rs 45,14,600 have been imposed on the violators.
The district administration has imposed a total of Rs 2.5 lakh fine on three people who tried to sell dead chickens in the city.
Velliyangiri and M Radhakrishnan were caught red-handed when they were transporting dead chicken near Veerapandi on December 15. It was found that they would buy dead chicken from poultry farms in and around Palladam, and clean them at their houses at Kallangadu before selling masala-mixed meat to roadside food stalls. Subsequently, they were booked under the Food Safety and Standards Act.
Following this, the district revenue officer and additional district magistrate S Prasanna Ramasamy imposed Rs 1 lakh fine on the violators recently.
In another case, P Arumugam of MS Garden in Palladam was found selling dead chicken. He was also booked under the Food Safety and Standards Act and was slapped a fine of Rs 1.5 lakh.
Meanwhile, FSDA designated officer to Tirupur K Tamil Selvan said, “The administration was committed to increase vigil on such violations. Heavy fines will be slapped on violators. The people should alert the food safety and drug administration department if they come across such cases. The department could be reached through WhatsApp too.”