Implementation of FSSA reviewed

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JAMMU: Commissioner Food Safety, Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar chaired a special meeting regarding the present status and preparedness of Food Safety and Standards Act in the state, here on Saturday.
The meeting held deliberations on the new food law and its current status in the state besides on ways and means to streamline the state food safety department.
During the meeting, the newly appointed Food Safety Officers presented their Vision Document and opined their suggestions for streamlining of the state food safety department.
Dr Kabir appreciated the suggestions of FSO’s and other participants and impressed for dedicated efforts to augment food safety in J&K state. He advised the commissionerate to gear up for speedy preparedness for implementation of FSS Act in letter and spirit.
Several important decisions were taken in the meetings including creation of a website, constituting of Flying Squads to address emergency complaints and VIP duties, constituting of Food Safety Resource Person Wing for awareness and training, creation of Research and Development wing in laboratories, Advance funding system for sampling and creation of Standing Committee and a Legal Cell and a toll-free number (to be published in leading dailies) to address the complaints of consumers.
The meeting was attended by Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Jammu Dr. Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner HQ Jammu Khursheed Ahmad and Public Analyst Public Health Labs J&K Sumit Sharma at Govt. Hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu and newly appointed Food Safety Officers of Jammu and Kashmir.