Comply with Food Safety and Standards Act today

Comply with Food Safety and Standards Act today

Anyone dealing with food products must register with the Authority

As the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) comes into force in the state, the new guidelines mandates for all food processing industry, restaurants, hotels, eateries and all retailers who deal with the food and food products to register with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Though it is six months since the FSSA has been adopted in state, there is little awareness among the traders, hoteliers and all those in the food industry. From roadside eateries, chats to the restaurants and star hotels who all come under the Act.

The act also covers the food processing industry, retail shops, malls and every other organisation which are into selling raw food items (including fruits and vegetables and mutton, chicken and fish), cooked  food  or processed products.

Hitherto, the grant of licence and power to check for safety vested with the municipal health officer. However, these powers has been transferred to the Food and Safety and Standards Authority.

In Karnataka, the commissioner of health and family welfare will be the implementing authority, while the district surveillance officers are given additional charge as designated officers. Food inspectors who earlier worked under the municipal health officers are called food safety officers under the new act. The additional DC of the district would be the adjudicating officer.

“The Act provides the authority to pay a surprise visit and inspect the quality of food. Interestingly, the food will be sent to designated laboratories for testing the safety. The authority will make three samples – one for laboratory, the second for preservation with the office and third for the owner of the hotel or shop. The owner who runs a food industry is given a chance to challenge the findings of Authority from any other designated laboratories,” says district surveillance officer Dr D G Nagaraj, who is also the designated officer for the implementation of FSSA act in the district and city limits.

Integration

The FSSA Act is an outcome of several acts like Food Adulteration Act and others. If a hotel or food industry is seen violating the safety rules, the owner could be fined and prosecuted, he says.

The public members can also lodge complaint with the district authority if they are served and provided with adulterated or unsafe food. Hence, all the agencies dealing with food and food products should compulsorily register with the Authority remitting the registration fee prescribed for each category. The fee starts from Rs 100 for traders with an annual income up to Rs 12 lakh, he adds.

For more details visit www.fssa.gov.in or contact district surveillance officer on Ph: 9449843265.

FSSA guidelines

*All eateries, hotels, restaurants, retailers dealing with food and food products should register with the Food Safety and Standards Authority
* The registration fee starts from Rs 100 for a turnover up to Rs 12 lakh. The maximum cap on the fee is Rs 7500 for processing industries and start hotels
*District Surveillance Officer is the nodal officer in the district and Food Safety Officers are the licence granting authorities in taluk centres
* The Act covers all food based roadside shops including eateries and meat stalls
* The designated officers have powers inspect through surprise visit and seize food products if found unsafe and unhygeinic and send it to designated labs for testing.
* The retailers or hotel owners can be fined and prosecuted for selling unsafe food

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