2 Ponda vendors fined for selling ‘misbranded’ shev
In a first case of conviction under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which should send a strong signal to those adulterating and mislabelling food stuffs, the North Goa District Magistrate imposed Rs 20,000 fine on Ponda-based food vendors for selling a wrongly labelled packet of shev.
Food and Drugs Administration officials had raided Chowdhary Madhan Sweet Centre at Tisk, Ponda in September 2011. “On analysis it was revealed from the report of the Food Analyst Chandrakant Kambli that sample was not bearing label declaration as per the requirements of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006,” Director of FDA Salim Veljee said.
Subsequently, the FDA initiated civil proceedings before the above Adjudicating Officer who along with Additional District Magistrate North Goa P K Velip Kankar held Jograj K Chowdhary and Manuel Conceicao Clement, both of Chowdhary Madhan Sweet Centre guilty for selling ‘misbranded’ shev which was not in keeping with the provision of Food Safety and Standards (Packing and labelling) regulation 2011.
The defaulters are liable to pay a penalty of a sum of Rs.20000.
“This is the first penalty inflicted under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 in the State of Goa,” Veljee said. The FDA is currently pursuing 12 cases before the Adjudicating Officers North Goa and South Goa against vendors for selling and distribution of misbranded and food articles of sub standard quality. [H]