Ashwani Maindola, New Delhi
With rising concern about delay in completion of product approval process, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to speed it up by going in for computerisation of registration and disposal of application for the purpose.
The process is likely to get completed by February 2014 and thereafter the applicants could check the status of their application, according to K Chandramouli, chairman, FSSAI. He was speaking while taking part in a CII (Confederation of Indian Industry)-hosted programme on food safety here recently.
“We’re in the process of making registration and disposal of application for product approval online and in next couple of months we’ll be able to make it a reality,” he stated.
He said that the issue of product approval has been one of the several issues, the Authority was grappling with for sometime now.
“The Authority has asked suggestions from the industry and (now) the product approval process is by and large summed up. The heartening part is that the product approval exercise is getting online formally in the next couple of months. The startoff month is Feb’14,” he stated, while acknowledging that the industry was facing problem with the product approval process.
Meanwhile, Chandramouli told categorically that there shall be no change and extension in the final deadline for the Food Business Operators (FBOs), small, medium or big for getting licence and registration. The deadline is nearing – February 4, 2014.
According to FSSAI, there are approximately 5.5 crore FBOs in the country. While calling it a big challenge to get licensing and registration done across the country in due time as majority players are small, the FSSAI chairman said that all concerned need to understand their responsibility and be taken on board to accomplish the huge task.
On this issue, he informed that lot of states are doing well in getting licensing and registration done, particularly Uttar Pradesh. “We need to accelerate the process to meet the deadline,” he said.
On the Codex front, Chandramouli said that India’s say had increased in various fora of Codex and the country made its presence felt with improved participation. He also welcomed setting up of Codex Committee on Spices and Herbs by describing it as a “feather in India’s cap.” He, however, pointed out that the Authority had huge responsibility of checking food imports to the country. Earlier, the imports were not checked thoroughly, and even in the absence of labelling norms there was little information about the food product that was imported. There were reports indicated that how cheating was done when products like chocolate having more than 30% vegetable oil fat in it were imported.
“To check and regulate food imports, the authority has opened its offices in all major importing points across the country. We’ve offices in Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Delhi and Cochin from where the food imports could be regulated in terms of labelling and unsafe food,” he stated, while not ruling out the possibility of more such offices. He also said that the FSSAI was in talks with the ministry to amend the FSS Act so that the various notifications become part of it.
Imphal, December 05 2013:
Ban imposed on sale of canned fish brand called Sea Cherry Mackerels Sowkar (in brine) has reportedly been revoked by the Health Department’s Food Safety Commissioner.
Informing about the revocation of the ban, Karnataka-based Ms Sowkar Canning Company’s PRO Nataraj Kanjod said the company has overhauled its production process with strict emphasis on maintaining quality control of the food item.
Conveying that the ban was officially lifted on November 30 and pledging to adhere to prescribed food safety norms, he said the canned fish brand would be released to the market within 10 days.
According to Manipur agent/trader of the company Yengkhom Jitenchandra Singh sale of Sea Cherry Mackerels Sowkar was banned under the Food Safety Standards Act 2006 .
Consequent to intimation to the manufacturer about the ban the company overhauled its production/canning system to comply with food safety norms, added the agent.
The revocation order issued by the Principal Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) Dr Suhel Akhtar, who is also the Commissioner of Food Safety stated that lifting the ban is subject to the ‘conditions that the new batch of the product shall fulfil as the requisite conditions prescribed by the Food Safety & Standards Act 2006 and its Rules and Regulation, 2012 .
The canned fish brand was seized from Ms Y Krishna & Sons of Nipa Keithel in March this year as the food product was found rotten and unfit for human consumption
A bitter fact for people with sweet tooth. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has collected more than 35 suspected spurious food samples in past five days fromsweetshops, restaurants, general stores and khoya-mandi in the city.
Besides sweets, even dry fruits are under FSSAI’s scanner this Diwali. Officials claim the majority of food adulteration complaints were related to khoya (condensed milk) and dry fruits.
“This time, there is a spurt in complaints pertaining to sale of infested and rotten dry fruits in various shops. Of the collected, around 7-8 were of dry fruits, suspected to be of inferior quality”, said JP Singh, designated officer in FSSAI Lucknow.
The authority had started a massive drive 10 days before Diwali to keep a check on spurious sweets, khoya, gram flour, lentils, fruits, species etc. The officials raided most of the sweet-shops, restaurants, general stores, food-mandis, khoya-mandi and milk factories in the city.
Normally, FSSAI collects around 30 samples in a month, majority of which are based on individual complaints. But this year, more than 35 spurious samples were collected in five days over doubt on their quality. Since the consumption of sweets, snacks and food products increases during feativals, chances of traders selling spurious material also goes up. Out of the sweet samples collected, most were detected to be containing non-edible colours which are hazardous for health. A few packed products were reported to be violating packaging norms like complete labeling of ingredients, expiry and manufacturing date, nutritional value, company’s name, manufacturing address etc.
Officials confirmed that the report of collected samples will come after two weeks after being verified by the laboratory, only then they can take some against the violators.
Meanwhile, the report of samples collected in September revealed that out of 33 samples sent, 18 were found to be spurious. Singh cautions, “This is a serious a matter, I ask people to be extra careful while purchasing sweets and food from outside. They should take care of hygiene around shops and be vigilant about food they are buying.”
FSSAI had also raided few very famous super markets in the city this year over complaints about infested dry fruits and adulteration in packed products like besan etc. The authority said while presence of insects and stones are easily detectable in lentils, it is difficult to trace adulteration in grounded form.
“We have noticed that many samples of besan have been found to be mixed with pea flour which is cheaper in both price and quality. Shopkeepers mix it to earn profit margin”, said Singh.
A very frequent adulteration complaint is regarding khoya. Officials say that while most samples of khoya were mixed with starch in the form of arrowroot, others were found to be too stale to consume. Some lentils were also noticed to be infested with worms.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India FSSAI launched two major drives – one around Dussehra and Durga Puja and another during Dhanteras and Diwali to keep a check on rampant adulteration cases.
கடைகளில் பதுக்கி வைத்த ரூ.7 லட்சம் மதிப்புள்ள புகையிலை பொருட்கள் பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்டு, குப்பை கிடங்கில் கொட்டி அழிக்கப்பட்டன.
தடை செய்யப்பட்ட பான்பராக், குட்கா உள்ளிட்ட மெல்லும் புகையிலை பொருட்கள் மேற்கு மாம்பலத்தில் உள்ள ஒரு கடையில் அதிகஅளவு பதுக்கி வைத்து சென்னை, புறநகரில் உள்ள கடைகளுக்கு சப்ளை செய்யப்படுவதாக உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிகாரிகளுக்கு தகவல் வந்தது.
சென்னை மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் மருந்து நிர்வாக துறை நியமன அலுவலர் லட்சுமிநாராயணன் தலைமையில் அதிகாரிகள் குழுவினர் அங்கு நேற்று முன்தினம் சோதனை நடத்தினர். அங்கு பதுக்கி வைத்திருந்த 1200 கிலோ புகையிலை பொருட்கள் பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்டன. இவற்றின் மதிப்பு ரூ.7 லட்சம்.
அவை மினி லாரியில் ஏற்றி நேற்று பெருங்குடி குப்பை கிடங்குக்கு கொண்டு செல்லப்பட்டது. அதிகாரிகள் முன்னிலையில், பொக்லைன் மூலம் குப்பை கிடங்கில் பள்ளம் தோண்டி புகையிலை பொருட்கள் போடப்பட்டு அழிக்கப்பட்டன.
இதேபோல, வடசென்னை பகுதிகளில் தடை செய்யப்பட்ட குட்கா பொருட்களை மறைத்து வைத்து விற்பதாக உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகளுக்கு தகவல் கிடைத்தது.
சென்னை மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு நியமன அலுவலர் லட்சுமி நாராயணன் தலைமையில் அலுவலர்கள் கடந்த 2 நாட்களாக வண்ணாரப்பேட்டை சோலையப்பன் தெரு, ஸ்ரீரங்கம்மாள் தெரு, காசிமேடு எஸ்என் செட்டி தெரு, தண்டையார்பேட்டை இளையமுதலி தெரு உள்பட பல பகுதிகளில் உள்ள கடைகளில் சோதனை நடத்தினர்.
அப்போது, அங்குள்ள கடைகளில் தடை செய்யப்பட்ட ஹான்ஸ், பான்பராக், குட்கா ஆகியவை மறைத்து வைத்து விற்பனை செய்தது தெரிந்தது. அவற்றை பறிமுதல் செய்தனர். விதிகளை மீறி குட்கா விற்பனை செய்த கடை உரிமையாளர்களுக்கு நோட்டீஸ் வழங்கப்பட்டது. தொடர்ந்து குட்கா பொருட்களை விற்பனை செய்தால், சட்டப்படி நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும் என அதிகாரிகள் எச்சரித்தனர்.