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Government of India
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
08 FEB 2019 3:59PM by PIB Delhi
JUNK FOOD

The standards for food grains have been prescribed under sub-regulation 2.4.6 of Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 which have to be complied with by all Food Business Operators (FBOs).

The implementation and enforcement of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and Rules and Regulations made thereunder primarily lies with State/UT Governments. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has specifically asked State Food Safety Commissioners to ensure compliance of prescribed standards of food grains, inter-alia,   by FCI, Food & Supply Departments and Fair Price Shops.

Regular surveillance, monitoring, inspection and random sampling of food products, including food grains distributed under Public Distribution System, are carried out by the officials of Food Safety Departments of the respective States/UTs and where the food samples are found non-conforming to the prescribed standards, penal action is taken against the defaulting FBOs as per provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006 and  Rules, Regulations made thereunder.  

As per information received from States /UTs, the details of food samples analysed, found non-conforming and action taken during the last three years is given below:

 

 

Statement regarding number of samples of  food products examined,  found non-conforming to the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Rules and Regulations made thereunder   and prosecution launched during the last three years

Year

Number of   samples analysed

Number of  samples found non-conforming

Number of   cases in which  Civil/

Criminal cases  launched

Number of cases of Conviction

Cases of penalty

No. of cases in which Penalties imposed

Amount of penalty raised

2015-16

72499

16133

 

9979

540

3669

Rs.21,65,98,989

2016-17

78340

18325

 

13080

1605

4757

Rs.17,01,93,266

2017-18

99353

24262

15121

5198

7627

 

Rs.26,35,41,067

Source: States/UTs    

 

 

 

However, separate information relating to   sampling of food grains distributed under PDS is not available from States/UTs. Information relating to current year is not available.

‘Junk Food’ is not defined under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Regulations thereunder.  However, draft guidelines titled as ‘Guidelines for making available Wholesome Nutritious, Safe and Hygienic Food to School Children in India’ prepared by an Expert Group /Central Advisory Committee as per the directions of the Hon’ble High Court of Delhi in the matter of WP (C) No. 8568 of 2010 titled ‘Uday Foundation for Congenial defects and Rare Blood Vs UOI & Others’ has been issued by FSSAI wherein the availability of most common High in Fat, Sugar and Salt (HFSS) foods in schools have been restricted/limited.

FSSAI has been leading ‘The Eat Right India’ movement since July, 2018 to improve public health in India and combat negative nutritional trends to fight lifestyle diseases.

The strength of ‘The Eat Right Movement’ lies in its holistic and collaborative approach, with stakeholders on both the demand and supply-side joining to make a difference through some clearly identified steps. On the demand side, the Eat Right Movement focuses on empowering citizens to make the right food choices, on the supply side, it nudges food businesses to reformulate their products, provide better nutritional information to consumers and make investments in healthy food as responsible food businesses. 

 

The Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare), Sh Ashwini Kumar Choubey stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

 

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MV/LK