The Food and Beverages Traders Associations of Maharashtra has held a meeting against the alleged unjust actions of FSSAI and called for a Maharashtra Bandh if the situation persists.

Shankar Thakkar, state general secretary, CAIT, has informed that in last few months the food authority officials have conducted raids at several premises particularly of edible oil traders and seized the food items.

He alleged that the food officials of the Maharashtra, FDA, seized food items worth Rs 90 crore in last two months, only on the basis of ‘doubt’ and without any lab testing analysis.

“This creates problem for the traders as the officials also ask him not to operate till further orders and the lab testing report takes too much time,” he rued.

And as a result, the traders have called for an agitation against the FSSAI in all the cities across Maharashtra. Further, if the situation persists, the traders have called for a Maharashtra bandh (complete shut down) from November 26.

The traders have also decided to approach High Court against FSSAI.

The general body meeting of various traders organisations was held in Chembur area of Mumbai where around 700 food trade representatives had participated.

The traders were representing CAIT, Thane Food and Sweets Association, Pune Retail Merchant Association, Dry Fruit and Masala Mill Export Association, Mandvi Grain Merchant Association, Maharashtra Dairy Products Dealers Association and others.

According to the traders they discussed future strategy against such alleged unjust actions.

The traders have adopted a resolution wherein they demanded that speedy resolution of their problems should be ensured by the FSSAI.

It was also decided that a pan-India committee will be formed which shall take the matter forward.