Court directs closure of unregistered spice mills

Court directs closure of unregistered spice mills

Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Thursday directed the state government to close down all the unregistered enterprises dealing in spices. The court also directed district officers to file status report on list of adulterated food in their respective jurisdictions before the court on next hearing. The division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and […]

Newspapers widely used to pack food products despite ban

Newspapers widely used to pack food products despite ban

Srinagar: Despite a ban, newspapers are widely used for packing food products, especially street food in the city. While the polythene bags come under the radar of enforcement agencies on an off, newspapers escape the scrutiny largely, with most vendors even unaware of the hazards and the ban on its use for packing food products. […]

Food safety norms violated in J&K, government admits in HC

Food safety norms violated in J&K, government admits in HC

srinagar: A compliance report has been filed by the state government before the Jammu and Kashmir High Court stating that 1,457 food articles have been tested from April1 to 30 November, 2017. In Jammu division, 1,221 samples have been collected and tested. Of these, 138 samples were found to be in contravention of the Food […]

Lab not yet set up to test food served to VVIPs at official functions

Lab not yet set up to test food served to VVIPs at official functions

Srinagar: The official protocol to test the food served at government functions and public events to the incumbent President, Prime Minister, Governor, Chief Minister and Union Ministers, is not being followed in Jammu and Kashmir because the Health and Medical Education Department has failed to set up a Microbiology Lab to test food poisoning and […]

Unforgivable Negligence

Unforgivable Negligence

The Food Safety Department has let off hundreds of food business operators even though their products were found to be highly adulterated and in violation of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA). Furthermore , the food wing of the Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO) has failed to confiscate unsafe and substandard food items […]

DFCO’s food testing vans grounded for lack of staff

DFCO’s food testing vans grounded for lack of staff

Srinagar: The much-hyped mobile food testing labs procured by Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO) last year have been grounded in Kashmir for lack of staff. The food safety wing of the organisation has deputed only a driver to look after four mobile testing vans acquired to test food items on spot during market checking, […]

Six weeks for filling Food Safety commissioner post: Court

Six weeks for filling Food Safety commissioner post: Court

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Thursday directed the Finance department to clear the proposal for the post of Food Safety commissioner within a week and stipulated that the selection process should be done within six weeks. Though the charge of commissioner, Food Safety, is held by Pawan Kotwal (commissioner secretary, Health and […]

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