கொழுப்புச்சத்து இல்லாத கலப்பட பால் கண்டுபிடிப்பு

16,January, 2018 Leave a comment
 

ஓமலூர்: கொழுப்புச்சத்து இல்லாத திரவ பொருள், பாலில் கலந்துள்ளதை, உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் கண்டுபிடித்துள்ளனர்.

சேலம் மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையினர், பாலில் கலப்படம் உள்ளதா என, மக்கள் அறிய, சிறப்பு முகாம் நடத்தி வருகின்றனர். அதன்படி, ஓமலூர் ஒன்றிய அலுவலகத்தில், கலப்பட பால் கண்டறியும் கருவியுடன், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள், நேற்று காலை, 6:00 முதல், 10:00 மணி வரை முகாம் நடத்தினர். அதில், மக்கள் கொண்டு வந்த பாலில், யூரியா, காஸ்டிக் சோடா, டிடர்ஜென்ட், திரவ சோப், சோடா, ?ஹட்ரஜன் பெராக்சைடு மற்றும் உப்பு போன்றவை பயன்படுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளதா என, ஆய்வு செய்யப்பட்டு வழங்கப்பட்டது. மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் மாரியப்பன் கூறுகையில், ”முகாமில், 49 பேர் பங்கேற்றனர். அவர்கள் கொண்டு வந்த பாலில், கொழுப்புச்சத்து இல்லாத, திரவப்பொருள் கலந்திருந்தது கண்டுபிடிக்கப்பட்டது. இதுகுறித்து, விரைவில் ஆய்வு செய்து, உரிய நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும்,” என்றார்.

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Salem

Manpower dearth in FSSI puts public health at risk

16,January, 2018 Leave a comment
Food samples were collected and sent to lab for tests.

The state government is hardly paying any attention to recruit sufficient number of food safety inspectors despite regular complaints over substandard ingredients and stored items such as meat and chicken being used by the eateries.

Nellore: The state government is hardly paying any attention to recruit sufficient number of food safety inspectors despite regular complaints over substandard ingredients and stored items such as meat and chicken being used by the eateries, which are causing serious health problems, besides adulterated oils and other food stuff being marketed by companies. According to a senior official of Food Safety Standards Authority of AP, there are 560 food safety officers in Tamil Nadu, about 350 in Maharastra, 175 in Kerala and more than 275 in Karnataka.

However their number is a startling 29 out of sanctioned strength 65 in Andhra Pradesh and they were not provided with any facilities, be it vehicles to move around or manpower. For instance the posts of office superintendent, clerk, and peon have been lying vacant in every district since a long time and the FSI’s has to play all these roles and also attend to court cases personally and secure witnesses and serve the summons too. They are not provided with legal advisors too. As per the rules there should be one FSO for every one lakh population, which means AP is need of around 500 FSO’s but there is no move to hire additional staff yet.

A big city like Visakapatnam is being handled by two food inspectors and their number is only one at Eluru and Srikakulam. The absence of FSO’s has become boon to the hoteliers and the traders among others coming under jurisdiction and involved in malpractices. The available FSO’s had collected 152 samples from different traders and food outlets and cases have been booked against 32 out them after the FSSAI lab reports confirmed either adulteration or substandard quality between April and December last year in SPSR Nellore district.

Adulteration is rampant in the edible oils and those used for puja purpose. Adulteration was also found in tea powder, maida, ghee, cakes, biscuits, water and fruits. According to an official of FCCI, adulteration refers to substandard, misbranded pertaining to claims such as the particular oil is good for heart.

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Gutkha products freely available

16,January, 2018 Leave a comment
 

Shopkeepers sell them openly as the police are not taking action

The ban on gutkha/pan masala and the ongoing investigation into payoffs involving a State Minister and top officials seem to have had little effect in curbing the sale of tobacco-based chewable product in the city.

Despite a ban on the manufacture, storage, transportation and sale of gutkha/panasala, these products are freely available across the city. While the sale used to be in a hush-hush manner before with shopkeepers handing gutkha packets only to regular or ‘known’ customers, now it is being done openly. With sales returning a handsome 200 % profit, shopkeepers admit that buyers apparently have no qualms paying more to get a few packets. The contraband is being smuggled into the State mainly via trains, some shopkeepers say.

While the Madras High Court wondered why the ‘gutkha scam’ should not be transferred to the Central Bureau of Investigation couple of days ago, The Hindu confirmed the availability of these products in at least 10 shops (and bought the products from few of them) situated near establishments which record high footfalls such as malls and cinema theatres and in residential areas. When the police cracked down on petty shops a few months ago, shopkeepers were reluctant to sell the banned products to unknown customers. However, shopkeepers now show no such reluctance as they stock and sell gutkha products without any inhibition. “A few months ago, the police would slap cases under Goondas Act on us and we were harassed. Now, we don’t face such problems. So we have started selling,” said a shopkeeper on Mount Road.

The shopkeeper added that since the supply is steady, even the prices have come down.

No serious seizures

Except for some token seizures, no serious measures seem to have been taken to eliminate the abundant availability of gutkha/pan masala in the city. A number of agencies, including the Chennai Police, the Chennai Corporation and the Food Safety Department among others, can enforce the ban by conducting raids on shops or suspicious godowns.

An official from the Food Safety Department said that Red Hills continues to be a major distribution hub for tobacco products in Chennai. “If we can stop it there, we can stop around 80% of the stock from being distributed. Much of the stock comes from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka,” said the official. “Even if we raid a godown and sieze gutkha products worth ₹ 1 crore, it doesn’t even make a dent. They merely increase the price on the next consignment to make up for the loss,” said the official.

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கடையில் தரமற்ற உணவு பொருள்

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Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Tiruppur

HAPPY MATTU PONGAL – இனிய மாட்டு பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

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HAPPY PONGAL – இனிய பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

14,January, 2018 Leave a comment

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FSSAI urges states to use its book on eating right in schools

12,January, 2018 Leave a comment
 

Food regulator FSSAI has urged the states and Union territories to advise their school education boards to use the ‘Yellow Book’, aimed at children detailing how to eat right, in school curriculum.

The book was brought out by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in September last year, and has been launched in three categories for children in the age group of 4-7 years, 8-12 years and 13-17 years.

It covers a range of topics — from food safety practices, personal hygiene and cleanliness habits and eating a balanced diet, to packing a wholesome lunch-box. It also lays emphasis on preventing nutritional deficiencies and making healthy choices.

The book includes useful tips and interesting activities for school children. It can be used independently as a guide, as well as an activity book in conjunction with the existing curriculum in schools.

"State governments and Union territory administrations are requested to advise the school education boards to use the Yellow Books in their curriculum while delivering inputs related to safe and wholesome food," the FSSAI said in a letter to the states and UTs.

"The existing curriculum maybe reviewed based on FSSAI’s content, gaps identified and a holistic review undertaken to ensure messaging is not fragmented and is appropriate and correct," it said.

The book has been developed after discussions with various education boards such as CBSE, NCERT, state education boards, nutrition and education experts.

Besides, the FSSAI has also launched ‘Pink’, ‘Purple’ and ‘Orange’ Books which consists of information on food safety and nutrition for Indian households, restaurants and employees in organisations.

"The Pink Book has practical tips and information about food safety and nutrition that Indian households need on a daily basis. In India, most people still eat food that is cooked at home. Thus, behavioural changes about food safety and healthy nutrition should ideally begin at home," a senior official said.

"Most people do not have access to food safety experts and nutritionists. Thus, most of the homemakers are at the mercy of multiple and often conflicting sources of information on safe food and nutrition. This initiative of FSSAI is aimed at filling in this gap," he said.

The Orange Book is all about safe and nutritious food for employees while the Purple Book contains food standards and practices to be followed by restaurants.

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Telangana to have foolproof nutritious food system

12,January, 2018 Leave a comment
 

The health authorities have decided to adopt a seven-point charter to address issues that have impeded food safety

Hyderabad: For the first time in Telangana, the State government is set to implement a broad framework aimed at putting in place a fool-proof mechanism for safe and nutritious food for all.

To this effect, the health authorities have decided to adopt a seven-point charter to address issues that have impeded food safety and put in place a robust food control system at the State-level.

Participating in a round table meeting of State Health Ministers in New Delhi organised by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Tuesday, Health Minister, Dr. C. Laxma Reddy said the State government is committed to improve food safety and very soon these measures will be grounded.

Recognising the need to improve infrastructure, the State government has decided to upgrade State Food Laboratories (SFL) by roping-in manpower and equipment and get certification from National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL).

The SFL will become part of the Indian Food Laboratory Network (InFoLNet) to ensure seamless flow of information and in the process instil confidence among public and food business.

Among the many decisions, the authorities have also decided to tap into the available funds with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to upgrade the SFLs. The authorities will procure major lab equipment, set up microbiology laboratory and renovate infrastructure at a cost of Rs 10 crore.

In addition to all this, authorities will also utilise resources to start mobile food testing laboratories dubbed as ‘Food Safety on Wheels’ with a cost of nearly Rs. 40 lakh and an additional Rs. 5 lakh every year towards petrol and oil expenses.

The authorities have also decided to address the issue of micro-nutrient deficiency by adopting fortified staples like rice and flour with iron and iodine in mid-day meal scheme and in Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). In due course, activities like promoting organic food, launching campaign with focus on youngsters to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

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National Street Food Festival 2018

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