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Dewan for strict implementation of food adulteration prevention measures

JAMMU, MARCH 29: Advisor to Governor Mr Parvez Dewan  convened a meeting with senior officers of Drugs and Food Control Organization (DFCO) and discussed the measures to ensure prevention of food adulteration.
The meeting took serious note of food adulteration and warned food manufacturers and vendors against using colouring agents dangerously harmful for humans.
The Advisor asked Drug Controller, J&K to ensure strict enforcement of Food Product Standard and Food Additives (FSSA) law across the state and ensure that no colouring agent is applied in preparation of any kind of food items.
The Advisor said there is a need to curb the use of synthetic colouring materials in the famed Kashmiri Wazwan cuisine. For this purpose, he said wazwan would be brought under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006. He said the aim is also to maintain the originality of kashmiri wazwan and protect it from any adulteration.
It was also decided in the meeting that any person indulging in use of colouring matter in food articles shall invite action under law and the punishment can be extended to the ‘life imprisonment’ viz-a-viz fine which can be extended to Rs 10 lakh depending upon the severity of offence.
Earlier, the Drug Controller J&K, Ms Lotika Khajuria briefed the Advisor about the steps being taken by the organization.
Among others, Assistant Food Controller Headquarters, Mr Khurshid Ahmad Wani and Public Analyst, Mr Sumit Singh were also present in the meeting.