April 7, 2015 5:26:22 am
The UT Administration on Monday made it compulsory for all food manufacturing units operating outside the Industrial Area to get no objection certificate (NOC) from the Pollution Control Board, Fire Department and local administrative bodies.
Those functioning within the Industrial Area had already secured the required NOCs but the problem was more with the food manufacturers outside it as they were not following proper waste discharge norms, fire and other required civic formalities and there was no legal framework to regularise them.
With implementation of the Food Safety and Standard Rules, 2011, in the city, the administration is making sure that all food manufacturers functioning in different parts seek the required NOCs before getting fresh licences from the administration so that their quality operation can be ensured.
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The matter had been pending for the last two-three years which has now been finalised.
There are a large number of big and small food manufacturing units including sweet manufactures, ice-cream factories and bakery units which operate from areas including Manimajra, Daria, Kajheri, Palsora and Burail. None of them has NOCs so far and they are running without any checks and orders.
“To ensure good quality and hygienic food to the consumers, it has been mandated that food manufacturing units will be required to have NOC. I have approved the orders and will notify it tomorrow,” said Home Secretary Anurag Agarwal.
He said, “The orders will make sure that only those manufacturing units are given the NOC which are working in proper hygienic conditions. They should be properly located, have access to clean water supply, proper sanitation facility and other things will be checked before issuing them a licence.”
Besides these NOCs, our food inspectors would also make random checks to oversee their functioning and penalties would be issued in case of violations, said Agarwal.
Senior officials of the department told Newsline that after notifying the new rules, they have time till August this year to get the required NOCs and apply for the fresh licences.
“After the deadline, we will start conducting surprise checks. If they will not have valid licences, their factories will be closed,” said a senior official, adding that NOCs were made compulsory for all the food manufacturers, irrespective of their annual turnover.
Meanwhile, food retailers, about 2,500 in number, have been exempted from getting NOC but they will have to get themselves registered under the new rules, for which the process is on.
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