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FSSAI likely to establish food safety special courts soon

Monday, October 19, 2009, 15:00 Hrs  [IST]
By FnB Staff | Mumbai

In view of the large number of pending cases related to non-compliance of food laws under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is likely to establish food safety special courts in India. It is learnt that around 1,00,000 cases related to violence of PFA Act and Rules by the food processors in the country are pending in various courts and tribunals.

In order to regulate the food processing industry in the country, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has proposed to establish Food Safety Special Courts under the provision of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, FSSAI sources said.

In a draft regulation, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has proposed that the “state government may, if considered necessary for purposes of the trial of offences relating to grievous injury or death of consumer for which punishment of imprisonment for more than three years has been prescribed under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, constitute as many Special Courts with the concurrence of Chief Justice of the High Court as may be necessary for such area or areas.”

The regulation also said that “state government may determine the number, nature and categories of other officers and employees required in the office of the Food Safety Special Courts. The Food Safety Special Courts may be situated where the Food Safety Commissioner or the state government may think fit preferably at district headquarters. A Special Court may, on its own motion, or on an application made by the Public Prosecutor and if it considers it expedient or desirable so to do, sit for any of its proceedings at any place within its jurisdiction other than its ordinary place of sitting.”

For every Food Safety Special Courts, the state government shall appoint a Public Prosecutor, Additional Public Prosecutors and/or Special Public Prosecutors, it is learnt.

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Dr D Kumar Nov 5, 2009 8:43 PM
So ball will remain in the state Govt"s court. What the central Govt or FSSAI will do if state Govt turns a blind eye ?
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