FSC J&K asks Milk handlers to use ‘Dummy Products’, display boards

FSC J&K asks Milk handlers to use ‘Dummy Products’, display boards

Jammu: The Food Safety Commissioner J&K, Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar took a review meeting of the special drives taken by the enforcement teams of the department on Milk and Milk Products across the state. He said that Milk and Milk Products are important components of daily consumption basket and are beneficial for health. However, if not handled properly at all levels of its supply chain or kept under proper refrigeration/temperature control at any point till its consumption these can prove quite harmful.
While commenting on the recently concluded Milk Quality Survey in J&K held in collaboration with Vimta Labs Hyderabad, commissioner appreciated the work done of the enforcement staff for carrying such dives for the health safety of consumers. He impressed upon the enforcement staff to closely monitor the compliance on part of Food Business Operators dealing with the Milk and Milk Products. Commissioner also appreciated the Retailers/Wholesalers/Milk Vendors and other Food Business Operators dealing with processing, sale, storage and transport of Milk & Milk Products for their feedback and showing compliance to the recent advisory issued from the Commissionerate. He said that it is good to see the shopkeepers following the regulations put-forth by Food Safety Department in handling the Milk and Milk Products. He however, said that there is a wide need to educate them further in this regard.
He once again emphasized on FBOS to avoid displaying Milk and Milk Products outside their shops in open, as the exposure to light and heat may lead to spoilage of these perishable food items. Commissioner further recommended use of Milk/Milk Product Display Boards and Dummy Dairy Products for the retailers, if they necessarily need to display them on their shops. For this to make practical he directed the Milk Processing Plants/Manufacturers to provide Display Boards and Dummy versions of pouch milk, yoghurt and cottage cheese to the retailers who need it, so that safe and quality milk & milk products are availed by the consumers without compromising business of the FBOs. This step taken by the Food Safety Commissionerate is envisaged to be quite positive in terms of preserving the dairy products rightly ‘Commissioner Said’. Pertinent to mention that the Commissionerate of Food Safety J&K has earlier this week issued an Advisory on Milk & Milk Products for the awareness of Food Business Operators especially dealing with processing/Sale/Storage of Milk and Milk products wherein they were asked to adhere to the given guidelines for ensuring safe and quality food items to the general public.