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After liquor and gutkha, Nitish Kumar government plans ban on khaini | Patna News

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PATNA: The Bihar government is planning to write to the Union health ministry, requesting it to include ‘khaini’ as a food product under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006. The move is aimed at banning consumption of khaini, a pure form of tobacco.

On May 21, the health department banned manufacture, sale and distribution of gutkha and pan masala (with tobacco and nicotine) for a year. “The law says anything edible with tobacco or nicotine cannot be permitted. Khaini is pure tobacco. If the Centre accepts the recommendation, khaini will be regulated under FSSA,” health secretary Sanjay Kumar said.

Bihar seeks to list khaini as food product under FSSA for better regulation

The Centre’s Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force, formed earlier this year, held its first meeting in Delhi on Thursday. The meeting was chaired by Union health ministry secretary Preeti Sudan.

Socio-Economic and Educational Development Society (Seeds), an organisation collaborating with the state government’s effort to control tobacco use, on Thursday wrote to the health department to include khaini as a food product under FSSA. “Khaini is the most prevalent form of smokeless tobacco used in Bihar. As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey-2 of 2016-17, 25.9% of the state’s population use tobacco in different forms and 20.4% of them are addicted to khaini,” Seeds executive director Deepak Mishra said.

“Three civil societies, including Seeds, support the task force. I presented a similar motion against khaini at the meeting. The health secretary asked FSSA officials to look into the possibility of classifying khaini as a food product,” Mishra said.

Updated: June 8, 2018 — 11:49 pm

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