Started off well, but needs stricter food monitoring now | Bhopal News


Bhopal: According to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), four out of ten consumer complaints related to food safety remain outstanding in Madhya Pradesh. The MP Food and Drugs Administration (MP-FDA) still has a long way to go as it lacks qualified personnel and oversight mechanism.
MP has only one ‘Eat Right School’. There are only three street food outlets that the FSSAI can certify as safe, according to the assessment submitted as part of the Eat Right Challenge by the state government in May.
The basics of food surveillance depend on testing laboratories. CAG Audit of 2019-2020 cited State Food Laboratory (SFL) in Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain has not been fully upgraded for microbiological testing. Bhopal has the only functional food laboratory. Its maximum capacity is about 1,200 to 1,700 sample tests per month, according to an official. The other two labs have not yet started.
As for the workforce, out of seven food analysts at the SFTL, there are only two. FSSAI requirements have only recently changed the curriculum and positions must be filled by a professional examination board.
Chemical tests take 15 days and there are no data on microbiological tests. It was only after the CAG audit report cited that “the Food Safety Commissioner had no data relating to food poisoning cases,” that the health department issued guidance. to report food poisoning to the MP-FDA.
The CAG report says the existing legal framework is deficient, vacancies of 61% and penalties of Rs 3.64 crore were pending collection. In the absence of specific guidelines, no cases of food poisoning have been reported. The labor position in the state food laboratory is weak: nine out of 31 positions are vacant. Surveillance baseline deficit for food control of 63%, the report says.
FDA officials say there has been an improvement. However, the document submitted as part of the Eat Right challenge by the state government highlights the need for drastic improvement.
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