The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched a rigorous surveillance drive to tackle the issue of spurious drugs manufactured by nutraceutical companies operating across India. The FSSAI aims to protect public health and ensure the authenticity and quality of nutraceutical products.
As part of the surveillance drive, the FSSAI has begun taking action against defaulting Food Business Operators (FBOs) involved in the production of spurious drugs in Himachal Pradesh. The Regional Office of FSSAI in the Northern region has been directed to initiate immediate action against these operators.
Inspections and Sampling
To ascertain the quality and authenticity of products, inspections have been carried out in 21 facilities operating in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. These inspections took place between June 7th and June 9th, 2023, and a total of 111 samples were collected for further analysis.The efforts to combat the production of spurious drugs will continue. The FSSAI plans to inspect 25-30% of the nutraceutical manufacturing facilities in Himachal Pradesh by the end of June 2023. These inspections aim to identify any violations of the regulations governing nutraceuticals.
Recognizing the importance of collaboration, the CEO of FSSAI held a meeting on June 20th with major manufacturers of health supplements and nutraceuticals in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh. During the meeting, strict compliance with nutraceutical regulations was emphasized.
Consequences for Non-Compliance
The FSSAI has issued a stern warning to FBOs, emphasizing the necessity of adhering to nutraceutical regulations. Non-compliance will result in severe consequences, including the suspension or cancellation of licenses, as well as the initiation of criminal cases. Violators may be prosecuted under Section 59 of the FSS Act 2006, which carries a maximum punishment of life imprisonment and a fine of at least Rs 10 lakhs.
Collaboration for Effective Surveillance
To ensure the success of the surveillance drive, the FSSAI has directed the Commissioner of Food Safety, Himachal Pradesh, to provide full support. This collaboration between the FSSAI and local authorities is crucial in eliminating spurious nutraceuticals from the market and safeguarding consumer health and safety.