Food safety norms violated by Panaji KTC bus stand vendors: FDA

THE GOAN NETWORK | JUNE 19, 2022, 12:10 AM IST


Even though Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officers have conducted regular raids and inspections at food shops inside the Kadamba Bus Terminus at Panaji, many food shops still continue to keep unlabelled food products without maintaining hygiene standards.

The FDA officials then inspected following a complaint by the Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) about the poor standard of food items being sold at the KTC Panaji bus stand.

During an inspection, it was found that various food items like Puran Poli, chakli, samosas etc are being sold without labels showing the name, address, date of manufacture and expiry.

"Violation of rules prescribed by the FDA and Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) is still taking place. The government has to look into it," said GOACAN convenor Roland Martins.

"We have already written to the KTC managing director and FDA about it," said Martins.

GOACAN had earlier proposed that the bus stands managed by KTC be brought under the Eat Right Certification Scheme of the FSSAI and recommended that the KTC should nominate at least two bus stands in each district of the State for this certification on a pilot basis.

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