Tuesday, 21 June 2011

FSSAI under MoFP, how did they permit ASPARTAME in India??

To:- Mr. K.K. Maheshwary, DIA, PIO.,  / Mr. Awdesh Kumar, Nodal Officer/RTI, or incumbent Central Public Information Officer, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Panchsheel Bhawan, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi - 110049
dtd: 31st of May 2011
Greetings & Jai Hind!!  Most humbly request information under the RTI Act of India, 2005,  please provide me with the following information. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.
1) Please provide me with information on how the item "artificial sweetener" and/or "aspartame" was permitted to be used in any products under your Ministry's purview, when FSSAI vide their letter Dy. No.L-257/Dir(M)/FSSAI/2011 dated 10th of May 2011 (attached) have clarified that "risk analysis" as required by Indian law was not carried out.
2) Please provide me with full information on the specific officials or entities under your Ministry who were or are responsible for the above.
3) Please provide me with full information on how green dot is applied by your Ministry in food products containing artificial sweeteners/ASPARTAME when risk analysis has not been done.
4) If any of the above said statutory records is not available, the complete details of how it was destroyed / weeded out in each case..
Sent by eMail and signed hard copy, (signed) and humbly submitted,

Veeresh Malik,
D-61, Defence Colony,
New Delhi - 11oo24
(mobile: 00-91-99118-25500)

Note 1:-Application fee of Rs. 10/- in cash shall be submitted within 30 days as per procedure laid down by DoP&T at PIO, MoFP, New Delhi, or at any one of the nominated APIOs located at the specified Post Offices in India, and a copy of this application along with receipt shall be sent to you co-terminus. Interim, you are requested to commence processing this RTI Application as per the RTI Act-2005 with effect from date of submission of this electronic copy, also as per the RTI Act-2005.
Note 2:- The public authority, MoFP, New Delhi, has not yet published their arrangements to accept / accompany electronic payments for e-filings as per section 6 of the Information Technology Act 2000, is requested to do same, - and hence I am constrained to go to extra expense / trouble to file a routine email request by Postal Department also.
Note 3:- I wish to specify that you may please not provide to me that information (or particular portion thereof) which would impede the prosecution of offenders under any law of India, and also any personal information which is unconnected with any public activity/interest or which invades the privacy of any person. THIS INFORMATION IS SOUGHT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, AND THERE IS OVER-RIDING PARAMOUNT LARGER PUBLIC INTEREST TO BE GIVEN THE INFORMATION I HAVE ASKED FOR.


Anonymous said...

Dear Sri.Malik,
Please display copy of FSSAI lr. dt10-5-2011 and also their reply for public information. The information sought on aspertame is of high importance in the interest of the Indian community. Thanks.
-Ramana Rao KV email: trisakthi@gmail.com

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