How Well is FSSAI Doing Its Job?

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is responsible for maintaining the country's food quality, safety, supply, and overall regulations. FSSAI is the apex food regulation authority under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Its work is to make sure the food delivered to people must fulfill all the specific requirements. The authority's work is to take samples and analyze the product to check if it's adulterated. Food adulteration is one of the major issues in India; most suppliers don't obey the government's guidelines. They mix extra substances in food in order to make additional profits. What Is Food Adulteration? [caption id="attachment_7120" align="alignnone" width="267"] Image credits: aslegal.law[/caption] Food adulteration is the act of adding extra substances to food items in order to increase their quantity. It may decrease the actual quality of food. The work of FSSAI is to stop food adulteration in the country. But the question is if it is doing its work solemnly? FSSAI claims to do its work dedicatedly, but the data shows that the percentage of non-confirming food items is continuously increasing in different states of India. What is Non-Confirming Food? [caption id="attachment_7121" align="alignnone" width="281"] Image credits: ceintelligence[/caption] Non-confirming food items do not meet the requirements set by the government. These items lack quality, and their consumption can be fatal for humans. Based on government data for the period 2015 to 2020, the states with the highest non-confirming food products are Uttar Pradesh, Mizoram, Jharkhand, Nagaland, and Tamil Nadu. The percentage of non-confirming food items in these states are 49.9, 42.2, 38.9, 36.8, and 34.4, respectively. The data also shows that the number of samples collected for the inspection in the year 2019-2020 is lower than the total samples collected in 2015-2016. An organization requires an adequate number of resources to work at its full potential; otherwise, it cannot cope with the workload. The number of food safety officers varies from state to state, most states lack human resources, and they need to recruit new officers. Food adulteration is a punishable offense; no company is supposed to perform this kind of activity, and most importantly, food adulteration affects human lives. Consumption of adulterated food may lead to allergic reactions, stomach problems, liver or kidney failure, and other server diseases. If you find an organization indulged in food adulteration, you can contact FSSAI to take action against the company. FSSAI Contact Details Contact Number: 1800112100 WhatsApp/SMS: 9868686868 Email: compliance@fssai.gov.in

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