FSSAI issues countrywide alert on packaged products including milk, water
New Delhi: Central food safety regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has issued a countrywide alert on adulteration of food commodities.
It has asked food safety commissioners in all states and UTs to increase surveillance activities to keep a strict watch on milk, packaged drinking water and edible oils.
Times of India reported that the FSSAI also asked food commissioners to collect more samples of these products and send them for comprehensive testing.
"State food departments have been asked to be more vigilant and to increase surveillance activities, especially on milk, water and edible oil. Serious violations of labelling requirements have been observed," an official was quoted as saying in the report.
The FSSAI had recently ordered Nestle to stop production of Maggi and recall it after the instant noodle was found having excess MSG than the prescribed limit.
After this, several packaged food products including instant noodles, pasta and macaroni have come under scrutiny of FSSAI.
Reports also said that the FSSAI raised concerns over the violation of laws required for labeling the products.
Recently, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department in Agra claimed that two samples of milk produced by Mother Dairy were found to be substandard with one of them having components of detergent. The company, however, denied the charges saying the company conducts "stringent quality tests" and the substandard milk was wrongly attributed to it.