Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Monday sought response within one week from the Amicus Curaie on the report filed by Food Safety Commissioner J&K on the matter of food adulteration.
A division bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey and Justice Sanjeev Kumar sought response from counsel Bashir Ahmed Bashir, who is acting as Amicus Curaie in the food adulteration matter being heard by the court.
The Food Safety Commissioner in his latest report submitted before the court today stated that 2,371 food samples had been tested during the current financial year in 21 districts of the state. Of these, 637 samples were found to be of substandard quality.
The report stated that 17,134 inspections were carried out in the current year. It was stated that 82,305 registered food establishments exist in the state. The number of prosecutions launched was 654, in which civil were 403 cases and 7 were criminal cases. It was submitted before the court that 466 cases had been decided and penalty of amount Rs 45,25,700 was imposed upon the defaulters.
Further, it was stated that 1,528 cases are pending before different courts.
The report stated that during the current year 131 awareness programmes were conducted. It was submitted that 244 street vendors were imparted training for food hygiene, food handling and maintaining sanitary conditions of their carts. It was stated that 98 business operators had been imparted training under FOSTAC (Food Safety Training and Certification).
It was informed through the report that on 16 October, 2018, on World Food Day, the food safety department of J&K in collaboration with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India flagged off ‘SWASTH BHARAT ABHIYAN ‘ from Leh to different parts of the state to create awareness among people with respect to food-borne illnesses and dietary deficiencies.
The court was also informed that the Commissionerate of Food Safety published 10 advisories in local print media for generating awareness among masses with regard to food safety at home, Food safety for flood-affected areas, food colours, food safety through refrigeration, prohibition of newspapers as food packaging material, advisory on junk foods, advisory on water and edible ice, advisory on healthy lifestyles, and general advisories in do’s and don’ts were published.