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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Bid to Strengthen CFS; Study Report to List Proposals

KOLLAM: In a bid to convert the Commissionerate of Food Safety (CFS) into a fully functional one, a work study report is in the offing which is expected to list the troubles faced by the body. The report is being prepared by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT).
A DoPT official, on conditions of anonymity, told Express that the report was being prepared by analysing the current structure of the Commissionerate and would make recommendations to be considered by the officials concerned  for strengthening the same. “The report would list proposals to reduce work overload and suggestions for changing the existing regional setup.
The report is being prepared with inputs from the Commissionerate of Food Safety,” the DoPT official said.
He said that the report was expected to be completed by this month. Commissioner of Food Safety T V Anupama said that the report was expected to cover the problems faced by the Commissionerate and would help in converting it into a fully functional one. “From the Commissionerate, we have given two important suggestions.
One is for the creation of a Joint Commissioner post and other about defining the connection between food safety enforcement and labs,” Anupama said.
A Department of Personnel and Training official said that the proposal for new posts would be determined by the Department of Finance and also added that once the report was completed, it would be sent to the Department of Finance, Department of Health and to the Commissionerate of Food Safety.
The report has a crucial role as the Commissionerate of Food Safety has been facing some hurdles in carrying out its duty.
Inadequate staff, absence of Food Safety Appellate Tribunal, special courts and accredited labs in the state had been proving to be the major barriers in implementing the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 in letter and spirit.