Commissioner food safety, Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar today issued an advisory for Food Business Operators (FBOs) in view of frequent closure of Srinagar-Jammu highway due to adverse weather conditions.
The FBOs have been asked to destroy deteriorated food items forthwith.
"There may be apprehensions that food products especially fruits and vegetables, perishable food items that were in transit may get deteriorated. All the stakeholders especially FBOs dealing with of livestock, fruit, vegetables and perishable food items are advised to ensure that deteriorated food items, if any, are destroyed on spot," the advisory reads.
The advisory directed the designated officers and the enforcement staff of the districts viz, Kulgam, Anantnag, Pulwama and Srinagar to keep close vigil on the movement of vehicles transporting different food articles on the national highway and adjoining areas to the valley in order to check the quality of food.
"Any stakeholder found violating the Standards, Quality and Safety of Food shall be dealt with strictly as per the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006," the advisory said.
The general public has been asked to be watchful and contact the enforcement staff of the Commissionerate in case of a complaint regarding the quality of food available in the markets on 0194-2495191 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.