The Maggi controversy is intensifying. The FSSAI (central food safety regulatory) has recently released orders asking food regulators across the country to test all the packaged food items available widely across India. After Maggi, many other products were found unsafe, and the FSSAI expects that more such unsafe products will come in forefront following the drive.
It is predicted by the leading market analysts that the present situation could possibly lay the foundation for the evolution of packaged and processed food industry in India and elsewhere. The industry, according to experts must strive to offer quality and better standard food products to the consumers. India, according to industry experts is slowly waking up from the slumber following the Maggi controversy.
FSSAI had come up with a draft food recall process almost two weeks ago, while the effort to introduce such framework has been doing rounds for several years. This new draft of proposed regulatory procedures have been published on 29th May on the official website of FSSAI. The draft invites public comment till August. FSSAI had planned a similar effort in 2011, however it was never notified.
Speaking about the new draft of regulation by FSSAI, the Executive Vice President of the Supply Chain Department of Nestle India, Luca Fichera said that although the company has received a set of broad guidelines from FSSAI, nothing specific has been communicated to them yet. Maggi at present sells its products from an estimated 3.5 million outlets. Hence it will be an unfathomable task for Nestle India to keep a track on all these outlets. Luca Fichera further clarified that Maggi recall is completely an in-house decision and it has nothing to with the new set of provisions mentioned in the framework.
Earlier this year, almost 121 food products manufactured by 51 companies were recalled in the United States. The regulator FDA has the responsibility of recalling products and issue public warnings in the country.