‘Check adulteration’ : HC calls for list of unregistered, unlicensed enterprises; directs sealing of such units

Senior counsel and Amicus Curie Bashir Ahmad Bashir drew attention of the court to the vendors selling open food on pavements which, he said, “is dangerous for human consumption.”

D A RASHID
Srinagar, Publish Date: Feb 15 2018 12:19AM | Updated Date: Feb 15 2018 12:19AM
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The high court has directed all assistant commissioners of Food Safety and Standards as well as commissioner, Srinagar Municipal Corporation, to control sale of adulterated food items and spices by taking prompt action.        

A division bench of Justices Muhammad Yaqoob Mir and Ali Muhammad Magrey issued directions in this regard after the bench was informed by the assistant commissioner, Food Safety and Standards, Srinagar that they had seized 45 quintal material used for adulteration after inspecting two enterprises— Idrees Enterprises at  Bagi-Ali Mardan Khan here and an unlicensed enterprise owned by Bashir Ahmad Makroo at Mughal Mohalla, Rainawari.

The officer said when the samples from the material were tested on the spot; it was found to be hazardous and was sent to Food Analysis Lab, Kashmir. The business units, he said, were sealed. 

After the commissioner informed the court that further course of action would be taken on receipt of the report, the court said: “Whatever report shall be received from the Food Analysis Lab, Kashmir, copy of the same shall be placed before this court and de-sealing shall not be allowed until further orders from this court”.

The Court directed the assistant commissioners, Food Safety and Security of all the districts of the state to submit a detailed list of registered enterprises dealing in spices and other food articles.

Seeking compliance report by February 28, the next date of hearing, the court also directed the officers to submit a list of enterprises running without any registration or license. “Such units be sealed on spot by the assistant commissioner of the respective district,” the court said.  

Senior counsel and Amicus Curie Bashir Ahmad Bashir drew attention of the court to the vendors selling open food on pavements which, he said, “is dangerous for human consumption.”

“No action is being taken against them,” Bashir said.

The court impressed upon all assistant commissioners, Food Safety and Standards, as well as commissioner SMC to ensure that samples of food articles are taken and tested forthwith. A follow up action, the court said, be taken, which might be penal as well as preventive.

The court also asked commissioner and assistant commissioner Food Safety and Standards, and commissioner SMC to remain present on next date of hearing to make suggestions and the plan of action for controlling sale, storage, of such adulterated food articles.

In order to verify the deficiencies reported in two food testing labs of the state, the court asked Dr Laliitha R Gowda and Shailender Kumar who had appeared on behalf of the FSSAI to visit the labs and verify the same.

“However in case of their non-availability some suitable officers shall be deputed by the Food Safety Authority and to report  as to whether the deficiencies as were pointed out by them have been made good or not,” the court said.

Meanwhile, the court directed the government to file compliance with regard to appointing of commissioner Food Safety after it was informed that the post has been created and supporting staff has also been sanctioned.

Regarding Food Safety Tribunals, the government told the court that the staff of the tribunals has been sanctioned and the process for selection has also been initiated by the Service Selection Board.