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Customs officers to ensure safety of imported food

Their appointment comes in contrast to the regulations FSSAI passed this January

Instead of qualified full-time experts, customs officers to ensure safety of imported food at 125 locations

Instead of appointing full-time technically qualified and trained food safety officials, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made customs officials responsible for ensuring the safety of imported food across 125 points of import and clearance as an additional task. The move, which contradicts FSSAI’s own regulations, has been made as part of government’s push for ease of doing business. In March 2016, these custom officials were designated as what the FSSAI Act calls "authorised officers". Besides undertaking all other custom duty ...