The article in Times of India says that, FDA team raided on unlicensed RO chilled Water Units in Nagpur. Immediately after that, under the FSS Act, 2006, FDA issued orders for prohibiting the sale of chilled water. Basically the containers are unpackaged and unsealed and the water found in these containers is non-potable. Moreover, these units are operating under unhygienic and unmonitored conditions. So, The RO chilled water manufacturers association filed petition in Nagpur HC against the FDA.
The HC justices issued notices asking to the respondents including Union Ministry for Health and Family Welfare and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for reply before August 1.Other respondents in the case are FDA’s Mumbai office along with its designated officers and assistant commissioners (Food) in Nagpur, Akola and Bhandara, and BIS.
According to Counsel Harnish Gadhia, the Centre made some amendments for RO Chilled Water Units in ‘Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011’on November 16 last year and also published a notification in the Official Gazette of India on March 1.On the account of this, FDA said that, it is mandatory to have licenses under the Act only for Packaged Drinking Water and not for unpackaged RO water chilled jars. BIS stated that, chilled water jars can’t be granted license as there is no amendment for them. The petitioners requested for cancelling the prohibition order and also to sell the water without license.
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