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Steps Taken for Food Safety

NEW DELHI: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has fixed safety standards under the ‘Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011 as amended from time to time. The Maximum Residual Levels (MRLs) of pesticides in fruits and vegetables have been specified in these standards. Presence of pesticide residues beyond these levels in fruits and vegetable is treated as a violation of the standards laid down under the said Regulations, which attracts action as per provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act. Sub regulations 2.3.6 provides that the Fresh Fruits and Vegetables should be free from rotting and free from coating of waxes, mineral oil and colours with the provision that fresh fruits may be coated with bees wax (white and yellow) or carnauba wax or shellac wax at levels not exceeding Good Manufacturing Practices under proper label declaration.

Pesticides can adversely affect the nervous system and also cause several diseases such as cancer and those relating to liver, kidney, and lung.

The information made available by the State/UT Governments in respect of food samples collected, tested, found not conforming to the prescribed standards,  and action taken against the violation of FSS Act, Rules and Regulations there under, during last  years is indicated below:-

Annual Public Laboratory Testing Report for the year 2014-2015

 

Annual Public Laboratory Testing Report for the year 2014-2015
Sr. No. Name of the State/ U.T. Total No. of samples taken No. of Samples Analysed No. of Samples found adulterated and/ or Misbranded No. of Cases Launched No. of Convictions/ Penalties
Criminal Civil Convictions Penalties/

Amount raised in Rupees

1. A and N Islands 17 16 4 0 0 0 14/Rs.4,55,000
2. Andhra Pradesh 2788 2788 290 338 78 0 Rs.51,63,020
3. Arunachal Pradesh 292 258 29 2 14 7
4. Assam* 327 327 37       12 4 Rs. 70,000
5. Bihar 1763 1320 7 16 5/ Rs. 38,000
6. Chandigarh 102 102 5 5 Rs. 1,50,000
7. Chhattisgarh 133 133 27 14 41 16
8. Dadra and N.H 9 2
9. Daman and Diu 65       65              3       3 3/ Rs.30,000
10. Delhi 1480 148
11. Goa 798 800 81 1 4 4 Rs. 4,35,000
12. Gujarat* 5638 5471 522 41 47 26 Rs.20,93,500
13. Haryana* 989 989 105 08 114 6 Rs.1,500
14. Himachal  Pradesh * 218 132 31 24 28 25 Rs.22,93,000
15. Jammu and Kashmir* 1397 1211 236 8 195 133 Rs.11,08,300
16. Jharkhand* 389 232 51 22 3
17. Karnataka 2154 2110 311 56 42
18. Kerala 3085 2735 464 41 161 0 280/ Rs.72,39,700
19. Lakshadweep
20. Madhya Pradesh 9532 9131 1412 127 716 418 418/ Rs.43,28,000
21. Maharashtra 8663 6985 1162 869 1426 75 Rs.1,65,41,499
22. Manipur
23. Meghalaya 47 34 4 0 4 2 1/ Rs.10,000
24. Mizoram
25. Nagaland 83 83 11 0 0 0 0
26. Odisha 544 544 112 0 1 1
27. Puducherry* 972 972 30 1
28. Punjab* 4124 3949 577 220 161 24
29. Rajasthan* 3132 3031 747 158 222 116 Rs.8,45,500
30. Sikkim
31. Tamil Nadu 2939 2873 1047 64 486 203 Rs.34,99,700
32. Telangana 393 357 37 87 51/ Rs.17,57,100
33. Tripura 933 933 2 0 0 0 0
34. Uttar Pradesh 14173 9605 4119 161 3489 186 1738/

Rs.5,98,08,106

35. Uttarakhand 1971 1356 233 5 117 0 80/Rs.5,06,489
36. West Bengal 120 120 65 0 17 0 1/Rs. 30,000
Total: 68197 60548 12077 1989 7241 1355 2682/ Rs.10,64,03,414

 

* Data up to 30.09.2014

The implementation and enforcement of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 primarily rests with the State/ UT Governments. The officials of Food Safety Departments of the respective States/ UTs collect random samples to ensure compliance with laid down standards.  FSSAI interacts with the State Food Safety Commissioners on such issues from time to time including in the meetings of the Central Advisory Committee.

 

The Health Minister, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday.