ஞாயிற்றுக்கிழமை23.12.2012 காந்திகிராம பல்கலைக்கழகத்தில்
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A man ordered samosa in restaurant.
When the waiter served him, he ate only the fillings and left the crust.
Than he ordered cheese sandwiches,When the waiter served him,
he ate only the cheese,and left the bread.
Finally he ordered a masala dosai. When the dosai arrived, he ate only the filling.
The waiter asked “Why do you eat only the filling?
He asked “My health is good but my doctor has advice not to eat OUTSIDE food”.
State menu misses fit food law – Probe into adulteration cases held up as Jharkhand sits on implementation of central rules
• Fifteen students fell ill after eating chocolates at DAV Public School in Piparwar, Chatra, on Tuesday
• Adulterated food made 100 students of BIT-Mesra’s Deoghar extension centre complain of nausea on Wednesday
But food inspectors stayed away from both campuses on the bizarre pretext that they did not know what to do
An already laggard bureaucracy has received a shot in the arm with Jharkhand failing to bring into effect the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 & Rules 2011, which was notified by the Union government on May 5 this year for implementation within three months (i,e. by August 5) across the country.
The Centre had passed the law in 2006 by repealing the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, to check the quality of food and hygiene at various outlets.
The act mandates establishing a single statutory regulatory authority for the food sector in a state, the Commissionerate of Food Safety, that can order a manufacturer or wholesaler to recall a product from the market if it is found to be substandard.
While most other states have brought the integrated law into force, Jharkhand has the safety of its 3.29 crore people mired in red tape.
Chatra food inspector Sanjay Kumar, who also holds charge of Ranchi, Koderma, Garhwa, Latehar and Palamau, bared home truths. “The old act has been repealed and the new rules have not been implemented in the state as yet. We are caught in no man’s land. If we collect samples of adulterated food without knowing the rules, we will live in perennial fear of violating some provision of the act that may invite heavy fines,” Kumar said.
Deoghar food inspector Krishna Prasad Singh — also responsible for Dumka, Seraikela-Kharsawan, East Singhbhum, Gumla, Simdega and Khunti — supported Kumar and expressed concern over the delay in implementation of the act. “We are unable to do our job,” he said.
Gulab Lakra, one of the seven food inspectors (the sanctioned strength is 37) in the state, echoed Singh. “I have not been able to work since August 5. My job is to collect food samples from Ranchi, Chaibasa, Godda, Pakur and Sahebganj. But, currently, am not authorised to do anything,” she said.
According to health department sources, the 2011 rules had provision for food safety officers (FSOs) in place of food inspectors, and designated officers (DOs) of additional district magistrate rank who could relieve civil surgeons of additional charge. An IAS officer will be appointed as full-time food commissioner, reducing the burden on the health secretary.
“The act also empowers DOs to impose a fine up to Rs 1 lakh on people selling adulterated food items. Earlier, there was no such provision and the civil surgeon had to take the help of court to punish the guilty,” a health department official said. He pointed out that if an official took a move while the law was not implemented, it would be difficult for him to prove his stand before the court of law.
State food controller Dr T.P. Barnwal admitted the problems, saying that efforts were on to adopt the rules as early as possible.
“The file on implementation of the act has been cleared by state health secretary K. Vidya Sagar. It will very soon be forwarded to health minister Hemlal Murmu, who will present it before the state cabinet for final approval. Once the go-ahead is given, rules will be implemented and collecting food samples will happen smoothly,” he said.
Insiders at the Mineral Area Development Authority laboratory, Dhanbad, where samples collected by food inspectors are tested, however, alleged that indolent food inspectors and health officials were using the non-implementation of the act to their advantage.
“There are 37 posts of food inspectors, but only seven are occupied. And these handful people do not work. It was the result of their poor performance that adulterated food was sold at Piparwar and Deoghar. During Sharvani Mela in the temple town, two people died while the inspectors failed to trace the source of adulteration. They never work in public interest in the first place. Now, the missing law is an excuse,” a source said.
Do you think Jharkhand will ever adopt food safety?
-Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry-‘Implement new Food Safety And Standards Act from 2014′
A delegation of members from the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Agro Food Chamber of Commerce and Industry, who met Mr Sharad Pawar, Union Minister of Agriculture and Food Processing Industries, in New Delhi on Monday, impressed upon the need to take up with the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, the issue of implementation of the new Food Safety And Standards (FSS) Act and Rules and Regulations throughout the country.
The members sought the implementation of the Act from April 2014, after incorporating necessary changes and creation of adequate awareness about the provisions envisaged in the Act and training of stakeholders .
In a memorandum submitted to the Minister, the members said the Act contained stringent, harsh and impracticable provisions, which would severely impact food processing industries and food business operators in the country. They pointed out that the Act, by insisting on registration and obtaining of license for operations, would only usher in the much dreaded ‘Inspector Raj’ in the country. Further, the Act provides for harsh punishment for even small omissions and its enforcement would only breed corruption, forcing honest traders and producers to close their business. Moreover, competent Food analytical laboratories are not sufficiently in existence to facilitate the implementation of the Act, they added.
They also wanted the Minister to take up with all the State Governments the extension of exemption under value added tax (VAT) for foodgrains under Goods and Services Tax (GST), and to include processed food items also for the benefit of the common man.
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) in India is likely to appoint K Chandramouli, as the new chairperson of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), which is the apex regulatory body for the food and beverage industry.
The appointment of Chandramouli was confirmed by one of the officials in the health ministry, though the source refused to divulge any detail without an appropriate government order.
Chandramouli, who will be replacing P I Suvrathan, is the Uttar Pradesh cadre IAS officer of 1975 batch and has retired last month as union health secretary under the ministry of health and family welfare. He functioned in that post from December last year. Prior to that he worked as secretary, AIDS control, in the same ministry.
The source said that Chandramouli’s appointment is a good decision for the FSSAI but only that he comes from health industry background and may have to study the intricacies of the food industry deeply.
However, his stint with the labour and employment ministry would provide him the required aid in managing the working of the FSSAI, which was yet in its infancy stage, added the source.
It has been learnt that the other contenders for the chairperson’s post were R K Srivastava, director general of health services, and K Sujatha Rao, former health secretary.
Chandramouli is likely to assume charge from September 9. Meanwhile, Suvrathan who is currently on medical leave will spend his last day in office today. He is expected to shift to his hometown in Kerala for good.
Capacity Building Programme for Designated Officer, Adjudicating officers and Food Safety Officers – Reg. (Dated : 30-08-2011).
It’s about a month since the much-awaited Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, has been implemented across the country, but the administrative machinery still seems to be groping in the dark due to lack of clarity in certain areas.
For instance, tasks as small as redesignation of food inspectors working in the FDA and municipal corporations as food safety officers have not been completed satisfactorily. While some of these officers are awaiting the official notification, others are constrained by the new criteria for appointment such as educational qualification that are different than the earlier law – Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954. The result being in many cities and towns, the officials concerned are not able to discharge duties such as testing of samples.
In this regard, it has been learnt that though the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had earlier sent a letter to all food safety commissioners in the states and union territories confirming the appointment of food inspectors employed by municipal corporations / councils as the food safety officer (FSO) and designated officers (DO) under the new Act, inspectors in many municipal corporations are still awaiting a formal communication from the food safety commissioners of their region.
Food and Beverage News was informed by an official in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (Parel) that at least nine food inspectors, working under the public health department, were awaiting a notification from the food safety commissioner of Maharashtra, confirming their appointment as the FSO.
Interestingly, the joint commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Mumbai, contradicted. He said that the notification for the redesignation of food inspector as the food safety officer had already been issued. The reason why these nine inspectors are not notified could be the lack of educational qualification and training, according to him.
Let us take a look at the process of redesignation of food inspectors as the FSO or DO, which has the following riders:
It says that the FSO shall be a whole-time officer and shall possess the following qualifications:
(i) A degree in food technology or dairy technology or biotechnology or oil technology or agriculture or medicine from a recognised university, or
(ii) Any other equivalent / recognised qualification notified by the Central government, and
(iii) Has successfully completed training as specified by the Food Authority in a recognised institute or institution approved for the purpose.
Further, it is within the jurisdiction of the state government to take a decision and then issue notification after screening.
The clause on education is the bone of contention for many municipal corporations. Most of the food inspectors hold a BSc (Chemistry) degree, which was mandated in the Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules, 1955, in contrast to the currently applicable FSSA Rules, 2011, that asks for a master’s degree.
The local health officer in the BMC also confirmed that its food inspectors possessed bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, which was probably the reason that these inspectors had not been appointed as the FSOs.
Similar was the case with Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). It appointed eight food inspectors this May and a chief food inspector last year. However, none of these have been absorbed in the Authority.
The chief food inspector in the NMC informed F&B News that he had sent a proposal to the food safety commissioner to train him last December, and another proposal in May this year to train the newly appointed food inspectors enabling them to take up their new post. However, none of them had been invited for training and the proposal was pending in the commissioner’s office.
Responding to this allegation, a source in the Maharashtra FDA (Food and Drug Administration) clarified, “The food inspectors working in the NMC and also the chief food inspector were appointed in the NMC after the training for the FSO had already begun, which was in April 2010. The training organised at YASHADA (Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration), in Pune, lasted for three months and we could not arrange for a separate training session again for these new appointees. Plus, most of the food inspectors there did not satisfy the set criteria for educational qualification.”
Till the time a proper communication is not provided to the food inspectors working in the municipal corporations, they would have to complete their pending work under the PFA or restrict their job to hotel grading. They would not seize samples as they have not been given the power to prosecute under the new Act. If they are not appointed as the designated / food safety officers, they would continue to work in some other vertical of the corporation.
The question here is whether it is correct to let go an official, having years of experience, on technical grounds like qualification or lack of training? An official from the FDA feels that the inspectors could be trained to execute the FSO’s job. To let them go would not be correct given the staff crunch that the country was already facing in taming adulterated food products.