New Delhi, June 23: In the wake of cropping up of recent cases of adulteration in edible products, the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has alerted all such agencies in the state.
Reportedly, the Central food safety regulator has directed the state food commissioners to inspect all packaged products including milk, packaged drinking water and edible oils available in markets.
The FSSAI has told State agencies to collect more samples of these products and send it for the lab test. Apparently, this is being done to ensure products' quality.
When asked about the step, official was quoted by TOI as saying, "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 labeling requirements have been observed".
Earlier on June 5, FSSAI had banned all variants of Nestle India's Maggi noodles, terming them as "unsafe and hazardous" for human consumption. Though there is no ban on branded pasta and macaroni products, but these are also under the lens of the food watchdog official.
"We will check all other instant noodles brands as well. Why should we restrict to one brand? We are drawing samples of other noodles brand," FSSAI CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik had said.
After Maggi variants, other food items like mother dairy milk and Glucon-d were also found allegedly adulterated. However, the Mother Dairy official denied the charges, saying the company conducts "stringent quality tests", and the substandard milk was wrongly attributed to it.