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Seminar on Food Safety Act organized

13,August, 2019

A seminar on Food Safety Act was held at the conference hall of the Gwalior Chamber of Commerce on Sunday to deliberate on the various aspects of the Act.

The seminar was attended by Food Safety Act expert Sanjay Bahirani, Chamber President Vijay Goyal, Vice- President Paras Jain, Secretary Dr Praveen Agarwal, Additional Secretary Brijesah Goyal and Treasurer Basant Agarwal among others.

Speaking as the key speaker, Sanjay Bahirani said that food safety refers to preparing, storing and selling food in such a way to reduce the risk of people becoming sick from food borne diseases.

He added that the rate at which adulteration of food products is rising in India is a matter of great concern and that this act is to ensure safe food for the people.

On the legal issues of the Act Sanjay Bahirani said that a registration and in some cases a license is obligatory to produce and sell food products.

A registration must be obtained from the competent authority for turnovers ranging from 2.5 Lakhs and 25 Lakhs while a license is required for turnovers above that. He also said that production and sale of food products without a registration or a license is a serious criminal offense.

Chamber President Vijay Goyal said that adulterated food is harmful for public health and that the number of deadly diseases resulting from food adulteration is increasing in the country.

He added that everyone including the government, traders and the producers of food products have a duty to prevent this bad practice.

The President also said that lack of knowledge of the various aspects of the Act can lead to many complications and exhorted the audience to get a thorough knowledge of the Act.

He added that the Chamber will write to the government about the steps the traders of food products will take to prevent food adulteration.

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