Worms found in school cafeteria ketchup bottle

12,February, 2016 Leave a comment
 

Worms found in a bottle of ketchup in the cafeteria of an international school in the city last week has raised concerns about the quality of food served in school canteens. The school has now decided to review their hygiene practices.

During the lunch session last week, the students were shocked to find one of the ketchup bottles had worms. The school decided to remove all the 40 bottles that were in the dining room. After examining the bottles, the authorities claimed that none of them had worms. However, a decision was taken to destroy all bottles in stock, and procure another brand of ketchup certified by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Social media and social networking sites were abuzz with the news, and the school authorities, on damage control mode, wrote to all the parents assuring them that all items used in the kitchen and cafeteria are from registered suppliers, and the products are certified. The school has also decided to investigate further and have escalated the matter beyond the catering company to the ketchup supplier.

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FSDA finds noodle manufacturers violating food safety norms

12,February, 2016 Leave a comment
 

If the companies named accept the reports, they could potentially face a fine of up to Rs 2 lakhs.

The Food Safety and Drug Administration has decided to go strict on noodle manufacturing companies violating the FSDA norms. Recently, in Barabanki, companies making noodles like Knorr soupy noodles, Horlicks foodles and Chings were charged with putting more ash in their products than the permissible limit.

Incidentally, Barabanki is the same place where Maggi samples were reported to have more lead than permissible last year. This had caused a hue and cry and Maggi stocks were recalled from the shelves of shops.

“We will file the case in court if they do not challenge our report within a month,” said designated officer FSDA in Barabanki, Manoj Varma.

He said the companies could face a fine of Rs 2 lakhs if they accepted the report.

Last time, in Barabanki, Nestle, which makes Maggi, challenged the report of the Lucknow Lab. The samples were then sent to Kolkata which confirmed the presence of lead in them.

This resulted in a countrywide ban on Maggi. However, now the makers of Knorr soupy noodles, Horlicks foodles and Chings noodles are in a fix. If they challenge the report of the FSDA Barabanki and the report is seconded by Kolkata lab, then they can face a fate similar to Maggi.

Manoj Varma said on Wednesday, a meeting of all the designated officers of FSDA was held in Lucknow and a strategy to collect samples of all noodles and soups prepared.

Last year, samples of Yippee noodles also failed the lead test in the Lucknow lab. However, this time more ash was found than the permissible level while lead was under permissible level.

Additional commissioner, FSDA Ram Araj Maurya said, “We will follow the rulebook and action will be taken according to the law.”

However, the traders who hold the agency of these noted brands of noodles are feeling jittery. A stockist said on condition of anonymity that if the noodles failed the tests again, credibility would be hit. That is why they had advised the company officials to not challenge the report. “We have advised them to just pay the fine and settle the matter,” he said.

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குன்னூரில் சாய டீ விற்பனை

11,February, 2016 Leave a comment

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மீண்டும் நூடுல்ஸ் சர்ச்சை: சில நூடுல்ஸ்கள் தரமற்ற நிலையில் இருந்ததை கண்டறிந்தது உ.பி ஆய்வகம்

10,February, 2016 Leave a comment

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பார்பங்கி,

மேகி நூடுல்ஸில் அளவுக்கு அதிகமாக கரீயம் சேர்க்கப்பட்டு இருப்பதாக தகவல் வெளியாகி பெரும் புயலை கிளப்பியிருந்த நிலையில், மேலும் சில நூடுல்ஸ் பிராண்டுகள் தரமற்று இருப்பதை உத்தர பிரதேச உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை கண்டறிந்துள்ளது.

இது குறித்து பாரபங்கி மாவட்ட உணவுப்பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி சஞ்சய் சிங் கூறும் போது, “நார் சூப்பி நூடுல்ஸ், ஹார்லிக்ஸ் ஃபூடுல்ஸ் நூடுல்ஸ், சிங்கின் ஹாட் கார்லிம் இன்ஸ்டண்ட் நூடுல்ஸ் ஆகியவற்றின் மாதிரிகளை கடந்த ஆண்டு மே மாதம் நகர வணிக வளாகத்தில் இருந்து  திரட்டி அதை சோதனைக்கு உட்படுத்தினோம்.

இந்த மாதிரிகள் லக்னோவில் உணவு ஆய்வு பரிசோதனைக் கூடத்துக்கு அனுப்பப் பட்டன. இதில் சேர்க்கப்பட்டுள்ள சுவையூட்டியில் சாம்பல் அளவு அனுமதிக்கட்டதைவிட அதிகமாக  இருந்தது தெரியவந்தது. எனவே இது தரமற்ற நூடுல்ஸ் என தெரியவந்துள்ளது. இந்த நூடுல்ஸ்களில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்ட சாம்பல் சத்து 1 சதவீதம் என்று இருக்கும் நிலையில், 1.83 சதவீதம் என்ற நிலையில், அதிகமாக உள்ளது. ஹார்லிக்ஸ் பூடுல்ஸில் 2.37 சதவீதமும் சூபி நூடுல்ஸில் 1.89 சதவீதமும் அதிகமாக இருப்பது கண்டறியப்பட்டது. இதனையடுத்து 3 நிறுவனங்களுக்கும் நோட்டீஸ் அனுப்பப்பட்டுள்ளது. மேல்முறையீடு செய்ய இந்நிறுவனங்களுக்கு ஒருமாத காலம் அவகாசம் அளிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது” என்றார்.

இது குறித்து ஜிஎஸ்கே நுகர்வோர் ஹெல்த்கேர் நிறுவனத்தின் செய்தி தொடர்பாளரிடம் கேட்ட போது, உணவு பாதுகாப்பு தர நிர்ணையம் விதிகளின் படிதான் நாங்கள் பூடுல்ஸை தயார் செய்கிறோம்” என்றார். நார் நூடுல்சை தயாரிக்கும் ஹிந்துஸ்தான்  யுனிலீவர் நிறுவனத்தை தொடர்பு கொண்ட போது த, எந்த பதிலும் வரவில்லை. ஹாட் கார்லிக் நூடுல்ஸை உற்பத்தி செய்யும், கேபிடல் ஃபூட் நிறுவனத்தை இது பற்றி கேட்பதற்காக தொடர்பு கொள்ள முடியவில்லை.

முன்னதாக கடந்த ஆண்டு  நெஸ்லே நிறுவனத்தில் மேகி நூடுல்ஸ் தயாரிப்பில், அளவுக்கு அதிகமான ரசாயன கலப்பு இருப்பதாக கூறப் பட்டதால் கடந்த ஆகஸ்டு மாதம் இந்தியாவில் மேகி உணவுப் பொருளுக்கு தடை விதிக்கப்பட்டது.இதையடுத்து வெளி நாடுகளில் உள்ள சோதனை கூடங்களில் மேகி நூடுல்ஸ் ஆய்வு செய்யப்பட்டது. அதில் மேகி உணவு பொருள் பாதுகாப்பானது என்று சான்றிதழ் அளிக்கப்பட்டது.பின்னர் இந்தியாவில் நடத்தப்பட்ட ஆய்வுகளிலும் மேகி பாதுகாப்பானது என்று தெரியவந்தது. இதைத் தொடர்ந்து மேகி மீதான தடையை கடந்த மாதம் மும்பை ஐகோர்ட்டு விலக் கிக்கொண்டது. இதையடுத்து மேகி மீண்டும் தனது விற்பனையை துவங்கியுள்ளது

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Now, UP finds ash in noodles

10,February, 2016 Leave a comment
 

Knorr Soupy Noodles, Horlicks Foodles Noodles and Ching’s Hot Garlic Instant Noodles were tested.

Months after Maggi storm, the Uttar Pradesh food safety department has found samples of some other instant noodle brands “sub-standard” with ash content in the tastemaker exceeding the prescribed limits.

“The samples of Knorr Soupy Noodles, Horlicks Foodles Noodles and Ching’s Hot Garlic Instant Noodles were picked up from a mall in the city in May last year for testing and its report was received about a fortnight ago,” the Food Safety Officer of Barabanki district, Sanjay Singh, said.

The samples were sent to government Food Analysis Lab in Lucknow where it was found that “total ash of the tastemaker exceeds the maximum prescribed limits… hence the samples are sub-standard,” Singh said.

Against the prescribed limit of 1 per cent, ash content was found to be 1.83 per cent in Ching’s noodles, while in Foodles it was 2.37 per cent and in Soupy noodles it was 1.89 per cent, he claimed.

Notices were sent to all the three companies a week ago giving them a month’s time to make an appeal, he said.

When asked for comment on the issue, a GSK Consumer Healthcare spokesperson said: “We manufacture Foodles as per product approvals received by us from FSSAI and manufacturing licences received by our third party manufacturer from the Authorities. Foodles available in the market have been manufactured in accordance with this product approvals.”

A query sent to Hindustan Unilever, which sells Knorr range of noodles, remained unanswered.

Capital Food, which markets Ching’s Hot Garlic noodles, could not be reached for comment.

Responding to a question, Mr. Singh said the report did not mention the health hazards caused by ash content higher than prescribed limits.

Interestingly, the UP Food Safety Department in May last year had found high lead content and presence of taste enhancer monosodium glutamate (MSG) in samples of Maggi noodles.

Later in June, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banned Maggi noodles, alleging that the instant noodles were “unsafe and hazardous” due to higher than permissible lead content and presence of MSG.

Nestle had then pulled the product off shelves. The instant noodle brand made a comeback in November after passing tests at three government labs, after which the Bombay High Court removed the ban.

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உணவு பாதுகாப்பு உரிமம் பெற வணிகர்களுக்கு 3 மாத அவகாசம்

10,February, 2016 Leave a comment
உணவு பாதுகாப்பு தர நிர்ணய சட்டத்தின் கீழ், வணிகர்கள் உரிமம் பெறவும், பதிவு செய்யவும், மத்திய அரசு, மே, 4 வரை, மூன்று மாத அவகாசம் அளித்துள்ளது.

நுகர்வோருக்கு உணவுப் பொருட்கள் தரமானதாக கிடைக்க, மத்திய அரசு, 2006ல், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் தர நிர்ணய சட்டத்தை இயற்றியது. விதிமுறைகள் உருவாக்கப்பட்டு, 2011ல் அமலுக்கு வந்தது. ஆண்டுக்கு,12 லட்சம் ரூபாய்க்குள் வர்த்தகம் செய்யும் வணிகர்கள், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையில் பதிவு செய்ய வேண்டும்; அதற்கு மேல் வர்த்தகம் செய்வோர், உரிமம் பெற வேண்டும்.

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3-month extension to licensing & registration of FBOs deadline – May 4

10,February, 2016 Leave a comment
 

New Delhi

In tune with the perception that this time a short extension, most probably final, will be granted to the deadline for obtaining licence and securing registration under Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011, FSSAI has extended the date this time only by three months i.e., till May 4, 2016.

So far most extensions have been for six months alternating between February 4 and August 4 ever since the FSSR, 2011, was implemented in the country by FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) four years ago.

In this regard, an order dated Feb 5, but uploaded on Feb 9, by the apex food regulator on its website states that the deadline has been extended for three months in accordance to the orders of the Central government.

According to the detailed order of the ministry of health, the time has been extended till May 4 for FBOs to obtain licences and secure registration under the FSS Act and Regulations thereunder, as Section 31(1) of the FSS Act provides that no person shall commence or carry food business without licence or registration.

Among the reasons for extension, the order cited representation by various stakeholders including individuals, FBOs and associations seeking extension.

Meanwhile, FSSAI has indicated that under most of the repealed law existing before the FSSR, the maximum validity of licences was five years, which shall stand expired on August 4, 2016. Therefore it has been decided that the timeline mentioned in the Act be further extended for another three months to take necessary followup action accordingly.

H G Koshia, commissioner, food safety, Food and Drugs Control Administration, Gujarat, said, "This extension will help to reach the remote areas in the country. Though the extension is small it will enable small food businesses to get registered. Remote areas in the country are of concern, as the awareness activities and initiatives don’t reach them easily."

He added, "We, on our part have tried to create awareness among the remote areas of Gujarat and this was done using mobile food testing labs, labs which can detect 30 different types of adulterations, which have proved to be handy. We have distributed such mobile labs to science colleges, food safety officers etc. These awareness initiatives also had 62 workshops in the remote areas with a view to educate rural population. This model of Gujarat state was undertaken two years back and is recently adopted by the food safety department of Delhi."

However, a number of state food safety departments seem to be unhappy with the decision.

Further, according to sources, there has been an agreement amongst FBOs and ministry that the extended time will be utilised to define the terms and conditions of the implementation and operationablity of various provisions of FSSR. In this regard, a committee will be set up to see the operational part of the regulations and the remaining part of the licensing and registration will be completed thereby.

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உணவு பொருட்களில் கலப்படமா? கடைகளில் அதிகாரிகள் திடீர் ஆய்வு

9,February, 2016 Leave a comment
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HIGHCOURT DIRECTS SECRETARY HEALTH TO APPEAR ON APPOINTMENT OF WHOLE TIME ‘DESIGNATED OFFICERS’

9,February, 2016 2 comments
 

Chndigarh

Punjab and Haryana Highcourt directs Secretary, Personnel and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare to appear before it in connection with appointment of whole time “Designated Officers” under the Food Safety Act.
During resumed hearing of a Quo Warranto Writ petition filed by Social activist, Kuldeep Khaira of Ludhiana, seeking the removal of 22 District Health Officers, who have been given charge of post of “Designated Officers” under the “Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006”-instead of making appointment of 27 whole time Designated Officers , one for each district (as required under Central Government Rules, of 2011), the Bench comprising Justice Rajesh Bindal took a very serious view of the delaying tactics on the part of State Government.
Despite granting repeated opportunities, the responded-State Government was not making appointment of Designated Officers under the pretext that it was in the process of framing Rules, which required not only consultation with PPSC, but required concurrence of Finance department, and were also required to be approved by Cabinet of Ministers.
On 17.12.2015, Smt. Raji P. Srivastava, IAS, Secretary to Punjab, Department of Personnel, and Mr. R.L. Mehta, OSD (Litigation), Health, had appeared before Justice Paramjeet Singh’s Bench, and had assured that they will make efforts for notifying the rules by issuing notification before the adjourned date.
Today, during resumed hearing, again the Law Officer of Punjab Government pleaded that rules could not be notified for want of clearance by the Cabinet. Taking a very serious view of the matter, the HC Bench directed that Secretary to Punjab, Department of Personnel, and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, shall come present in the Court on 15.2.2016, in case rules are not notified before that date.

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