Fresh Fruits & Vegetables To Be Monitored for Pesticides

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued directions to all Commissioners of Food Safety of all States and UTs to monitor sale of Fresh Fruits and Vegetables in Markets. This notice is dated November 21, 2023.

FSSAI had on earlier occasions issued directions on use of unauthorised artificial fruit ripening agents. It also issued notices on pesticide overuse during the pre-marketing treatment of fruits and vegetables.

In continuation of these earlier directions, FSSAI has once more urged the authorities to keep a strict vigil on Food Business Operators engaged in manufacturing, repacking, and selling fresh, surface-treated, and minimally processed fruits & vegetables.

In this manner, it seeks to prevent the excessive use of pesticides, non-permitted wax coating, non-permitted artificial ripener and artificial colours.

Authorities shall undertake surveillance/ enforcement measures at regular intervals in a planned manner. It shall be ensure that the FBOs comply with the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and its Rules and Regulations.

Furthermore, the authorities shall also convey these issues to consumers through awareness campaigns under Eat Right India Initiatives. This may be undertaken through various Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities.

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