In the last installment of FSSAI News for the November Month, we bring you the major updates which will blow your mind. The government has addressed the issues which were long awaited and has put across its consent.
So without wasting a minute let us have a look at it.
FSSAI NEWS 1. Adulteration in Maharashtra would be non-bailable and attract life-imprisonment
It has been decided by the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly that the government would amend the existing laws. The government will not only make food adulteration a non-bailable offfence but will also award life imprisonment to the offenders.
The bill will become a law once the Legislative Council too grants permission to it. The states of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, and Odisha have already passed similar legislation and imposed punishments as well.
The reason for such change in laws is because of the growing adulteration in the country. Earlier the punishment was six months of imprisonment and a fine amounting to Rs 1,00,000. The amendment will be made in IPC Sections 272 and 273 (pertaining to adulteration of food or drink intended for sale).
FSSAI NEWS 2. Food manufacturers using oil for commercial purposes cannot reuse the oil once used
FSSAI has issued a new guideline in the public interest that focusses on the standard operating procedure (SOP) for safe handling and disposal of used cooking oil (UCO). These guidances are for the benefits of small and big FBO. Food manufacturers using oil for commercial purposes cannot reuse the oil once used.
The large-scale manufacturers of fried foods dispose of their UCO for industrial purposes(soap manufacture, etc.) but sometimes make way to small food vendors at cheap rates. This oil is used by the vendors by topping up with fresh oil.
At household level or by road-side vendors, the UCO is discarded in an environmentally hazardous manner blocking the sewerage and drainage systems.
Therefore FSSAI has notified the limit of total polar compounds to be not more than 25% beyond which the oil is unsafe for human consumption.
FSSAI NEWS 3. Karnataka Government issues notice directing restaurants to prohibit smoking
The Government of Karnataka issued a new draft facilitating all the restaurants to go smoke-free. It was issued as a part of a joint consultation meeting titled Advancing Urban Health Policies, Key Policies for NCD Prevention, organised by the state government in association with the National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research (NCDIR), the Association of Healthcare Providers (India) and the Association of National Board Accredited Institutions.
The officials of the meeting observed that this will protect thousands of staff and non-smoking customers across the state, especially women and children, from the harms of second-hand smoke.
This initiative by the Govt will reduce the harmful effects of secondhand smoke and make the people aware more. This will also give safety in regards with the fire outbursts in the restaurants.
We are delighted with the efforts our government is implementing to combat such grave issues. We hope the news enlightened you on the above aspects. That’s all for the week folks. If you have any queries, we are just a call away.
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