'Zero tolerance' against food adulteration, warns A.K.Walia
Health Minister Dr. A.K. Walia has directed the Commissioner, Food Safety to take stringent action against unscrupulous food business operators indulging in food adulteration. He emphasised that public health is of prime concern to the Delhi Govt. and any violation on this count will not be tolerated. He was reviewing the implementation of Food Safety and Standard Act. in Delhi with the Commissioner and other Senior Officers of the Food Safety Deptt.
Noticing the need for greater vigilance, Dr. Walia directed that food safety officers must regularly visit the field during monsoon and on festival days to ensure that food business operators strictly follow food and safety standards. He directed that the food safety department official must further step-up strict prosecution action against the violators.
Dr. Walia informed that during the month of August, Food Safety Department launched prosecution action against food business operators whose food samples were found to be unsafe. Challans were issued in respect of eight operators as their samples contained sub-standard, extraneous matter or were mis branded.
Giving details he said that food safety officials during this month lifted 48 samples out of which eight samples were found unsafe, one sample each was sub-standard and misbranded whereas two samples contained extraneous matter.
The Health Minister warned the food business operator to maintain strict safety standard as per Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006. Any violator, he warned, will be strictly dealt with and prosecuted as per the existing provisions.
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