From TimesOfIndia.indiatimes/com | July 4, 2015
INDORE: Alarmed with unethical practices being reported in meat and poultry food industry, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is gearing up to tighten its noose soon.
Authority has formulated draft regulations that will come into effect after comments and objections from stakeholders. Draft regulations have come in wake that maximum residues limits/tolerance levels fixed for various veterinary drugs including antibiotics in meat and poultry products in respect of animal-based organic food products are yet to be approved and notified.
Food safety officer posted in Indore, Manish Swami said, “Various consumer organisations/NGOs have recently raised issues that meat-producing animals/poultry birds are fed feed containing meat/bone meal including internal organs, blood meal and tissues of bovines and porcine-origin materials”.
He said that concern was expressed about presence of veterinary drugs including antibiotics and growth promoters in food-producing animals/birds’ feed. “State drug-licensing authorities are empowered to take action against violators and food safety officers have also been asked to ensure enforcement under FSSAI,” said Swami.
FSSAI in its previous meetings has considered proposal for a policy for addressing concerns regarding standards of meat and poultry products in Indian market. Food authority approved the proposed policy with a view to sending it to WTO for notification.
Earlier, central advisory committee meeting of FSSAI had proposed enforcement of legal provisions and regulations regarding meat and meat products, operations and management of slaughterhouses and animal-handling practices.
Following the members of the committee were apprised of deplorable conditions of slaughter houses and the unethical practices followed in this sector, it was mentioned that there were reports of illegal slaughter activities in several states.
Members opined that licensing of slaughterhouses may be taken care by the FSSAI and state governments as per current regulations, but the enforcement of the rules and correct practices should be checked by local urban bodies. So far, slaughter house license is issued by local urban bodies, which FSSAI aims to take under its ambit.
A committee has, comprising of the food safety commissioners from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir, to work on a set of good business and regulatory practices on the subject.