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Thiruvananthapuram: The union government prohibited the state government officials from conducting inspections at institutions operating under the licences issued by the central government.
The guidelines forwarded to the state food safety commissioners also specify the powers of state authority.
The central licences are issued for the institutions that fetch a revenue of over Rs 20 crore annually. The food trading entities in central government institutions, including airports and ports, also possess central licences. Though the complaints are raised within the state, only central authorities have the power to inspect and resort to necessary actions in the cases involved with the institutions that hold central licences.
The state government officials can intervene if the complaint rises amid a VIP duty or the food safety regional director issues permission on grounds of emergency. The report has to be submitted to the central licensing authority.