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Better watch out, FDA tells city bars

23,December, 2012 1 comment
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department wants to ensure bars are following safety standards and not selling spurious liquors

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department has decided to conduct strict checks at city bars on New Years Eve this year. They will look out for proper hygiene standards as per the Food and Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) law.

This is the first time that the officers will enter the premises of city bars to collect liquor samples since the FSSAI Act, which placed liquors under FDA’s jurisdiction, came into place last year.

Meanwhile, the liquor lobby, which requires double licenses (both from the excise department as well as the FDA) after the Act, has been warring against the FDA ever since the Act came into place.

Suresh Deshmukh, joint commissioner food, warns, “This New Year’s Eve, when the city is all set to groove, we might make a surprise visit and check these venues to see if FSSAI standards are being followed. Not only this, we are also planning to collect liquor samples from country liquor bars and others to see that no spurious liquor is served. The test of these liquor samples will be done on priority basis.”

Deshmukh added that if anyone is found guilty, the officials would revoke their FDA license. “Maintaining hygiene levels and serving the right quality of drinks is important. If they are found guilty, appropriate action will be taken. People cannot take law into their own hands,” asserted Deshmukh.

FDA have set up a special squad for New Year’s Eve which will look out for any such violation. “We request people to get their licenses in place. If not, the owners will have to face the music,” he added.

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FSSAI monitors labels, sees complaints, issues show-cause notices: Azad

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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) monitors labels on various food items by different companies in media as well as on the product labels. Such complaints received from the public are analysed in FSSAI and show-cause notices issued to the manufacturers. Their replies are examined at FSSAI by a 3-member committee constituted for this purpose. This information was given by minister for health & family welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
As per recommendations of this committee, actions including prosecution are initiated by designated officers at their regional levels. So far, 38 food items have been identified with misleading claims. Prosecutions have been launched in case of 19 such cases by designated officers at their regional levels.
Although the term “Junk Food” has not been defined under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and Rules / Regulations made thereunder, foods which have high fat, salt and sugar, with little or no protein, minerals and vitamins are considered as “unhealthy foods” and belong to the category of fast foods. Consumption of unhealthy foods is one of the risk factors but not a sole factor for development of obesity and diabetes. Consumption of food having trans fat is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.

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