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FBO asked to comply with food safety rules

By EMN Updated: Jan 19, 2014 10:57 pm

Dimapur, January 19

In pursuance to the Food Safety and Standard (packaging and labeling) Regulation 2011, Chapter 1 of sub-rule 1.2 (1.2.1), the Directorate of Health and Family Welfare (Food Safety) has directed all local food products/ home made food for sale, store, distribution for sells to properly seal their products in food grade plastic container or polythene.A press release issued by the Principal Director and Additional Food Safety Commissioner, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, Neiphi Kire, said all concerned that such products should carry information on Name of food; Date of manufacture or packaging; ingredients used or added; Net weight/ volume/ number; lot number/ batch number/ code number; Best before; and Use-by date/ expiry date.
He said the information on the package should be duly printed and not through a sticker and registered their business under Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006, and Rules and Regulations, 2011. It stated that non compliance to the directive would be an offence, punishable under the said Act and Rules.
Further, all Food Business Operators (FBO) in the State irrespective of urban and rural based food business operators are directed to obtain License or Register their food business under the said Act and Rules before February 4. It informed that application forms for licensing/ registration and other details could be obtained from the designated CMOs of the district on all working days. It said operating food business without a license or registration would attract penalty upto Rs 5 lakhs and imprisonment upto 6 months under Section 63 of the Food Safety and Standard Act, 2006.

By EMN Updated: Jan 19, 2014 10:57:21 pm