Dispose pending food safety cases on fast track, ensure quality meat to consumers
SRINAGAR: The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole today chaired a meeting to review the progress made regarding ensuring quality of food items in the market including meat, milk and other eatables for public consumption.
The meeting was attended by DC Pulwama, DC Bandipora & ADCs of other districts, Director Animal Husbandry Kashmir, Director Sheep Husbandry Kashmir, HoDs of testing labs of Universities, Deputy Controller LMD, Assistant Director, Food & Drug Organisation, Assistant Director FCS&CA and other officers.
On the occasion, Div Com directed Food Safety Department officials to complete the process of linkage of mobile testing labs through GPS. He also directed them to make the service functional within a week and enhance testing capacity of mobile labs.
Div Com also enjoined Additional Deputy Commissioners of all districts to dispose of pending cases in a fast track manner.
He directed them to take two or three days in a week to complete the pendency and impose deterrent fines on those found violating food safety measures.
He directed them to dispose of the cases pending for more than three months in a free and fair manner and reduce the total number to thirty in small districts and fifty in larger districts.
He also directed concerned officers to utilise labs and manpower of universities including SKUAST, KU and IUST in testing the samples collected for quality check of food.
Pole further directed Dir Sheep Husbandry and Dir Animal Husbandry to provide one Veterinary Assistant Surgeon by each department in every district to the Food Safety Department to assist in inspection of meat sold by butchers.