The Supreme Court on Thursday granted Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) a week to respond to Nestle India’s plea to permit it to destroy about 550 tonnes of recalled stock of Maggi noodles, which have passed their shelf life.
A bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C Nagappan posted the matter for September 30. In an application, Nestle said the storage of such a huge quantity of noodles at 39 locations across the country may lead to a health hazard.
Senior advocate Harish Salve, appearing for Maggi, said earlier too they had destroyed 38,000 tonnes of noodles in the incinerators of the notified cement plants. “We have followed the due process agreed between the FSSAI and the company,” Salve said.
But the counsel for the food regulator said “destruction of stocks as destruction of evidence” was also the subject matter of two petitions pending in the apex court. The counsel sought a week to seek instruction and file a reply to Nestle India’s plea.
CHENNAI: A school’s attempt to ban home-cooked and anyoutside food for its students, and make lunch prepared by its own vendor mandatory, has been stayed by the Madras high court.
Granting interim injunction restraining Hiranandani Upscale School at Kelambakkam on OMR, Justice M Sathyanarayanan said a circular issued by the CBSE director only sought to inspect students’ lunch boxes for unhealthy food. "The circular mandates a particular institution to not compel students to take lunch or snacks provided by it by paying charges," he said.
The matter was brought to court’s notice by a parent, Bharathi Rajendran who said that 600 of them signed a petition against the school’s decision.
The US has reportedly rejected many consignments of soap and detergent manufactured by Karnataka Soaps and Detergents Limited (KSDL), along with food items of MTR.
Reporting for the Times of India, Chethan Kumar writes:
In all, 1,859 consignments from Indian companies from various states have been rejected by the US between January and August 2016, and experts said several of them could be victims of parallel exports, where dealers export branded products without the knowledge and consent of the manufacturers.
Speaking to TOI, MTR Foods CEO Sanjay Sharma said, “The shipments rejected by USFDA are all cases of parallel exports done by small traders who send mixed consignments. These exporters purchase locally without caring about the compliance issues of the importing country. Such rejections impact the company and brand credibility in the eyes of the USFDA.”
Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting, in a written response to TOI, said:
We don’t export to the US. So we are surprised with this report. We suspect that this could be a counterfeit as one of the samples is said to be manufactured in Mysore. We don’t make soaps in Mysore. We face counterfeit issues in Indian market also. We will investigate and ensure that no counterfeit products reach our customers.
Earlier, reports suggested that the Food and Drugs Association (FDA) of the US rejected more snack imports from India than any other country in the first five months of 2015.
The data on the website shows that most of snacks that were rejected were made by Haldiram’s, a major Indian snacks and sweets manufacturer based out of Nagpur. For the month February 2015, the FDA website lists out various Haldiram products under its snacks category in an ‘Import Refusal Report’ which lists refusal actions taken by the FDA against imported products.
Wall Street Journal reported that the reasons for rejection of these products “vary from problems in packaging and labeling to alleged contamination. The FDA website says Indian products have been found to contain high levels of pesticides, mold and the bacteria salmonella.”
Draft consideration dated 20th Sept. 2016 for e-commerce Food Business Operators. (Uploaded on: 20.09.2016)
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புதுடில்லி : வலைதளம் வாயிலான உணவுப் பொருட்கள் விற்பனைக்கு, புதிய வரைவு விதிமுறைகளை, இந்திய உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் தரங்கள் ஆணையம் வெளியிட்டு உள்ளது.
அதன் விபரம்:* வலைதளம் மூலம், உணவுப் பொருட்கள் வர்த்தகத்தில் ஈடுபட்டு வரும் அனைத்து நிறுவனங்களும், அவற்றின் விற்பனை, வினியோகம், கிடங்கு உள்ளிட்ட அனைத்து செயல்பாடு களுக்கும், உரிமம் பெற வேண்டும்* பிளிப்கார்ட், அமேசான், ஸ்நாப்டீல் போன்ற வலைதள சந்தை நிறுவனங்கள், விற்பனையாளருக்கும், நுகர்வோருக்கும் இடையே, பாலமாக செயல்படுவதால், அவை, உரிமம் பெற தேவையில்லை * வலைதள சந்தை நிறுவனங்கள், தங்கள் மூலம் உணவுப் பொருட்களை விற்பனை செய்வோரிடம், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு சட்டத்தின் கீழ், உரிய விதிமுறைகளை பின்பற்றி, உணவுப் பொருட்கள் தயாரிக்கப்படுவதை உறுதி செய்ய வேண்டும். இதற்காக, சட்டப்பூர்வ ஒப்பந்தம் செய்து கொள்ள வேண்டும்* உணவுப் பொருட்களின் மேலுறையில், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு ஆணையத்தின் உரிமம் அல்லது பதிவு செய்யப்பட்ட விபரங்களை, நுகர்வோர் எளிதில் காணும் வகையில் அச்சிட வேண்டும்* உணவுப் பொருட்களின் விபரம் குறித்து, வினா எழுப்பும் நுகர்வோரிடம், தயாரிப்பு நிறுவனங்கள் பணம் வசூலிக்கக் கூடாது* வலைதள சந்தை நிறுவனங்கள், நுகர்வோர் தெரிவிக்கும் புகார்களை, உடனடியாக, உணவு தயாரிப்பு நிறுவனங்களுக்கு அனுப்பி, உரிய தீர்வு காண உதவ வேண்டும்* விற்பனை செய்யப்பட்ட உணவுப் பொருட்கள், திரும்பப் பெறப்படும்பட்சத்தில், உடனடியாக, தன் அட்டவணையில் இருந்து அப்பொருளை, வலைதள சந்தை நிறுவனங்கள் நீக்க வேண்டும்.
Port Blair, Sept. 19: The Commissioner Food Safety has directed the District Food Safety Offices of South Andaman and North & Middle Andaman to keep an extra vigil on sensitive food junctions. In this regard, the enforcement staffs of District Food Safety Offices of South Andaman and North and Middle Andaman conducted surprise raids on the Food Business Operators involved in manufacture and sale of prepared foods at Jirkatang, Middle Strait of South Andaman jurisdiction and Oralkatcha at Baratang of North and Middle Andaman jurisdiction on 16.09.2016. During the raids 25 Food Business Operators was served with Compounding Notices for violation of different sections under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and 11 Food Business Operators is being served with Improvement Notices. Further realization of fine imposed on the Food Business Operators is under process.
The Commissioner Food Safety has further warned the Food Business Operators of all food junctions in A&N Islands to maintain strict personal hygiene, cleanliness and also to wear proper dress code during the process of manufacture and sale of prepared foods. Any laxity will be viewed seriously and action under the relevant sections of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 will be initiated against the errant Food Business Operators.
Food means any substance whether processed, partially processed or unprocessed. It includes packaged drinking water, vegetables, infant food products, meat, even the water used for food during its manufacture were all included. Food safety refers to the condition and practices that preserve the quality of food to prevent contamination of food borne illness.
The Food Safety & Standards Act 2006 aim to consolidate the laws relating to food and to establish the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of sale and wholesome food for human consumption in the country. In terms of discharge if its function stipulated under Section 16 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, the Authority shall, inter alia, conduct surveys of enforcement and administration of the Act in various parts of the country, search, collect and analyse relevant information relating to food consumption and exposure of individuals risks, incidence and prevalence of biological risk, contaminants in food, residues of various contaminants etc.
The Authority is also obliged to promote general awareness as to food safety and food standards. The Food Authority has been undertaking activities and programmes for dissemination of Information, Education and Awareness in this behalf through Media as also through association of different organisations and institutions in this behalf.
However, recognizing that effective enforcement of the provisions of the Act and the rules and regulations there under primarily rest with States and Union Territories and that there is need for greater focus on these activities. The Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 repealed all the other food related laws such as Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954, Fruit Products Order 1955, Meat & Food Products Order 1973, Vegetables Oil Products (Control) Order 1947, Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) 1988 which were in operation prior to the enforcement of Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006.
The most important and critical stakeholder in food safety is the consumer who is directly impacted by the safety of food in the country. It is necessary for the Authority to keep engaged with the consumers and apprise them of the emerging trends in food safety so that the concerns of the consumers are appropriately reflected in the food safety system in the country. Therefore Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FS&SAI) has regulated Food safety and standards act 2006 for every state of India to ensure food safety and standards for human consumption and to check the sub standard of any article of foods in every state by Food Safety Officer. Under Section 63 of FSSA 2006, if any person or food business operator carrying out a business without license is punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and also with a fine which may extend to five Lakh rupees.
A person is also punishable with a fine of 10 lakhs rupees for misleading advertisement, falsely describing quality of food or give false guarantee to the consumers. Slaughterhouse should have proper hygiene and maintenance instruments and to be regularly checked by the medical concern doctor and thereafter it should be given to the slaughter house for human consumption. Under the Consumer Protection Act 1986, the consumers have the right to safety, they are protected against marketing of goods and services which are hazardous to life, and therefore, the goods which are hazardous to health are illegal and punishable.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare governs the FS&SAI. FS&SAI governs all food business operators in the country and has entrusted the powers at various levels to other designated authorities. In Nagaland, the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006, rules and regulations 2011 is being implemented in the State from 2012.
However, to strictly enforce the Act, every State must have the separate Commissioner of Food Safety Commissioner whereas the Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Nagaland, department of Health & Family Welfare is yet to take the charge and supervise his designate officials for effective implementation and to ensure food safety to the consumer. The Food Safety Officer must be appointed as an independent charge as per the Act and should checked all the Food Business Operators which includes Hotels, restaurants, canteens, tea stall, bakeries, street food vendors etc in all the respective district.
With the enforcement of this Act in Nagaland, any person in practice of selling of food products are required to have a license to sell such goods and the license is to be given by the Chief medical Officer. There are times where the FS&SAI has asked the Food Commissioner in the state to inspect and evaluate in the market and had suggested that the state food safety commissioners should prepare their line for action and collect samples of all the packaged products, even those which are not registered with FS&SAI and also told to take action if required.
The Chief Medical Officer and designated officers Kohima have informed all hotels, restaurants, provisions, groceries, home based canteens of schools, colleges, office, etc to obtain food safety license/registration from the Chief Medical Officer office, Kohima and has also inform to the food business operators that whose license/registration were valid upto 31st march 2016 to renew before stated date in order to avoid penalisation as per the food safety and standards act rules and regulations and newly established food business operators have also been directed to obtain the license/registration.