Blade, frog and human finger in food: How does FSSAI regulate and monitor food operators?

The way FSSAI issues licences to businesses makes for a largely self-regulated process. Worse, its infrequent audits and lax penalties fall way short of what is required.

Last week, in Gujarat’s Jamnagar, someone found a fried frog in a packet of Balaji chips. Prior to that, a family claimed they found a dead rat in a bottle of Hershey’s chocolate syrup ordered from a quick-commerce store. More surprises were in store when an Air India flyer reportedly found a piece of metal blade in his airline meal. Just when you thought things couldn’t get stranger, someone in Mumbai found a human thumb in the ice cream they ordered online.

Sadly, these instances are not altogether surprising or new; a glance at headlines will tell you that. According …


Disha Acharya

Disha is a writer at The Morning Context. She has previously worked at the digital production desk of Reuters. Prior to that, she was a sub-editor at Deccan Herald.