Dimapur, September 11: The Chief Medical Office & Designated Officer, Food Safety, Kohima, has informed that Myanmar food products are illegally entering the market in Kohima contravening Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006 & Regulations, 2011.
According to CMO Kohima, Dr Ritu Thurr, Apple juice, Grape juice with brand name of SOO TE, POWER, etc is flooding the market with no date of manufacture, no best before date and no name of the manufacturer. Reportedly these juices are Myanmar products and is distributed in the market through some distributors/suppliers in Kohima.
“These are all misbranded imported food products, and in the eventuality of any food poisoning, it will not be possible to implicate the manufacturers/producers,” the CMO said.
In this connection, Dr Ritu directed whoever is distributing/supplying these food products to immediately stop the distribution/supply of it in the market, failing which necessary action as per the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, Rules & Regulations, 2011 would be initiated. Dr Ritu also asked the retailers to return the stated food products to the concerned distributor/supplier because they are also liable to be penalized as per the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006, Rules & Regulations, 2011 when it is found in their business premises.a
The CMO also informed the general public’s to check the labels before purchasing any food products. “In the case of food products imported into India, it should have the name and complete address of the importer in India on the package or on the containers. If any food poisoning arises with a particular imported food, necessary action can be taken through the importer.”
However, the CMO said in case of Myanmar food products, there is no importer name or address on the package. “Now, the question, on whom to take action when a food poisoning cases occurs,” the CMO said.
Dr Ritu further informed that besides imported food products, Indian / local food products should have the information such as manufacturing date, best before date and the name, address of the manufacturer. Any complaint in regard to food, one can report to the Chief Medical Office & Designated Officer, Kohima. (Page News Service)