Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Adulteration of Food and Dairy Products, 10/05/2016

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Adulteration of Food and Dairy Products, 10/05/2016. Cases of adulteration of food products including dairy products have come to the notice of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The implementation and enforcement of Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006 and Regulations thereunder primarily rests with the State/UT Governments. Random sampling and testing of food products, etc. is undertaken by the officials of Food Safety Departments of the respective States/UTs to check compliance with the standards laid down under the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006 and Regulations thereunder. In cases, where the food samples are found to be nonconforming to the prescribed standards, recourse is taken to penal provisions under Chapter IX of the FSS Act, 2006. As per information made available by the State/UT Governments to the FSSAI, the numbers of samples of food products including dairy products collected, analysed, samples found adulterated/misbranded and action taken during the year 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 (1st April to 30th Sep, 2015) are at Annexure I and II respectively.