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FSSAI asks states to keep check on food wrapped in newspapers, silver warq
Friday, 06 January, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Pushkar Oak, Mumbai
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked state enforcement authorities to ensure strict vigilance on circulation of foods wrapped in newspapers and manufacturing units of of silver warq that are not complying with its standards.
In a bid to ensure that the food served is safe and adheres to the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006, the state enforcement authorities are inspecting street food stalls to prevent the use of newspapers to wrap the items sold by them.
Simultaneously, the regulator has initiated regular inspections of the sweet marts to ensure that the silver warq (an edible material used by mithaiwallahs to decorate the sweets) complies with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
The Madhya Pradesh Food and Drug Administration (MPFDA) has identified areas and allocated teams of food safety officers, especially at the weekends, when the markets are packed.
Devendra Kumar Verma, a food safety officer from the central state, said, “We had launched campaigns earlier with regard to silver warq to educate food business operators (FBOs) who are involved in the manufacturing of the same.”
“These campaigns aimed at making these FBOs aware of the new technology of manufacturing of silver warq. All states have been asked to ensure that the silver warq is manufactured in compliance with the regulations,” he asked.
“The regulator had asked state enforcement authorities to identify FBOs and businesses which are not complying with the regulation across each state,” said a source from FSSAI.
“Further, on FSSAI's request, the states identified the areas and are now ready with their teams to inspect such defaulters. This move is in line with the regulator’s 10@10 initiative,” he added.
The source also stated that such enforcement was carried out only after implementing several campaigns to spread awareness among FBOs through FSSAI offices and even associations related to the food industry, which were promoting safe food with the regulator.
“Several small manufacturers who are involved in the business are manufacturing warq the traditional way. The warq manufactured through traditional methods does not comply with FSSAI regulations,” said Verma.
Meanwhile, to keep a check on the use of newspapers to wrap foods, street vendors will be inspected and even sweet marts and halwais selling snacks will be checked for hygiene and use of newspapers.
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