The FSSAI `hunt' con­tin­ues

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

THE FOOD Safety and Stan­dards Au­thor­ity of In­dia (FSSAI) has ac­knowl­edged that heavy me­tal con­tam­i­na­tion in food is as­so­ci­ated with hu­man health haz­ards. To­wards this end, the In­dian food reg­u­la­tory agency re­cently re­leased the new draft of Food Safety and Stan­dard (Con­tam­i­nants, Tox­ins and Residues) Amend­ment Reg­u­la­tion, 2015. The new draft pro­poses the in­clu­sion of more food prod­ucts to the list of food ar­ti­cles men­tioned in the reg­u­la­tion. The cur­rent reg­u­la­tion mainly fo­cuses on pack­aged food such as canned meat and fish for which the max­i­mum limit of lead has been spec­i­fied, whereas the pro­posed reg­u­la­tion cov­ers both pack­aged as well as fresh food such as berries, meat prod­ucts, legumes and veg­eta­bles.

"Be­fore I be­came min­is­ter, I thought the en­vi­ron­ment could wait and we could solve our green prob­lem­swhen we be­came as rich as the West" Jairam Ramesh, for­mer en­vi­ron­ment min­is­ter

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