New Delhi,The Food Safety & Standards Authority of India on 9th October issued a direction to the Commissioners of Food Safety/ Officers in-charge of Food Safety of all State & UT`S for effective implementation of the ban on manufacture, sale and distribution of Gutkha and Pan Masala(with tobacco and nicotine).
The Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on sales) Regulations, 2.3.4, prohibits the use of tobacco and nicotine as ingredients in any food products and inter-alia bans sale of all food products where tobacco is present as ingredient such as Gutkha and Pan Masala(with tobacco and nicotine)..
Hon`ble Supreme Court of India in Central Areca-nut Marketing Corporation & Others Vs Union of India (Transfer Case (C) 1 of 2010) on 23rd October 2016, had directed the concerned statutory authorities in the State/UT`s for total compliance of the ban imposed by FSSAI Regulations on the manufacturing and sale of Gutkha and Pan Masala with tobacco and/or nicotine.
The FSSAI recent order of 9th October, laying emphasis on compliance with the ban on gutkha and pan masala(with tobacco and nicotine), imposed by FSSAI Regulation and supported by the Supreme Court order is welcome move from the FSSAI, as it was seen in the past that only State Governments/UT`s were issuing necessary orders for banning manufacturing and sale of Gutkha and Pan Masala with tobacco and/or nicotine.
The result of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey conducted in the year 2016-17 between the age group of 15 years and above reveals, that: 29.6% of men, 12.8% of women and 21.4% of all adults currently use smokeless tobacco. However due to initiative taken by the Government like ban on certain forms of smokeless tobacco products, such as gutkha, pan masala(with tobacco & nicotine), the number of tobacco users has reduced by about 81 lakh.
Tobacco use is the foremost preventable cause of death and disease globally as well as in India. The consequent burden of mortality and morbidity due to consumption of smokeless tobacco is very high in India. Tobacco causes almost 12 lakhs death in a year in India. Available evidence suggests that India shares the maximum burden of oral cancer in the World.
Tata Memorial Hospital, Professor and Cancer Surgeon Dr. Pankaj Chaturvedi, As an impact of the chewing tobacco products (Gutka and Pan Masala) ban, the Euromonitor International report shows tremendous decline in overall smokeless volume. It is in 2011 : 2% ; 2012: 26% ; 2013: 80% . It is predicted that the smokeless volume would have declined in 2016 to 30% and 2018 to 25% in consumption.
Dr.Pankaj Said Implemention was the strength of the law, Tobacco use is the foremost preventable cause of death and disease globally as well as in india.
Tobacco causes almost 10 Lakhs death every year in India. According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17 29.6% of Men, 12.8%of women and 21.4 % of all adults currently use smokeless tobacco products in india.