DIMAPUR, Sept 12 - Nagaland Health authorities have banned distribution, sale and purchase of ‘misbranded’ food products imported illegally from Myanmar, in Kohima to prevent “eventuality of any food poisoning”.
Kohima chief medical officer (CMO) and food safety designated officer Dr Ritu Thurr, in a statement on Wednesday, said the food products from Myanmar were found flooding the market with “no date of manufacture, no best before date and no name of the manufacturer”.
The Health authorities have especially banned apple juice and grape juice of Myanmar-make that are stated to be of the brand names ’Soo Te’ and ‘Power.’
Thurr said the Myanmar food products were entering the market illegally, contravening the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Rules and Regulations, 2011.
“The food business operators disclosed that these juices are Myanmar products and being 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 statement said.
The CMO directed whoever is distributing/supplying these food products to immediately stop their distribution/supply in the market. He warned that necessary action as per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Rules and Regulations, 2011 would be initiated for failure to comply with the order. The retailers have also been directed to return the stated food products to the distributor/supplier concerned. The statement said the retailers are also liable to be penalised as per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, Rules and Regulations, 2011 if these food products are found in their business premises.
The medical officer also advised consumers to check labels before buying 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,” the statement said.
Any complaint in regard to food can be reported to the office of the chief medical officer, the release informed.
The State Commissioner of Food Safety had also issued an order on June 22 stating that “no person shall import into India any article of food in contravention of any other provision of the Act or any rule or regulation made thereunder or any other Act.”