SRINAGAR The J&K high court on Tuesday asked amicus curie to point out deficiencies in the status report filed government with regard to the implementation of the food safety act and prevent adulteration of food in Jammu and Kashmir.
As the hearing of the PIL started, Amicus curie submitted before the Division Bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Sanjeev Kumar that urgent attention needed to be attracted toward the PIL and it has to be taken on fast track basis, so that general public was prevented from consuming adulterated food.
He said that an IAS officer needed to be appointed as Food Safety Commissioner to make the department more vibrant and effective.
With these submissions, the court asked the amicus to respond to the status report of the Government and indicate what are the deficiencies and steps needed to be taken to curb the menace of food adulteration in the state.
The Food Safety Commissioner J& in his latest report submitted before the court stated that 2371 food samples were tested during the current financial year in 21 districts of the state wherein 637
samples were found to be of substandard quality and 1734 food samples were found of standard quality.
17134 inspections were carried out in the current year and registered food establishments were found as 82305.The number of prosecutions launched are 654 in which civil are 403 and criminal 7
further 466 cases have been decided and penalty amount of rupees 45,25,700 was imposed upon the defaulters, FSCs report reads. So far, he said, awareness among the public with regard to adulterated and contaminated food FSC was conducted on large scale and 244 street vendors were imparted training for food hygiene, food handling and maintaining sanitary conditions of their carts.
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