தடைசெய்யப்பட்ட புகையிலை பொருட்கள் விற்ற கடைக்கு சீல் 50 கிலோ பறிமுதல்

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SC strengthens gutkha ban, says stop the sale of all chewable tobacco

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The regulation 2.3.4 states: “Product not to contain any substance which may be injurious to health: Tobacco and nicotine shall not be used as ingredients in any food products.”

CRACKING down on companies that sell pan masala and tobacco in separate pouches to circumvent the gutkha ban, the Supreme Court has made clear that it has banned the sale of all forms of chewable tobacco and nicotine, and directed authorities, including the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), to strictly enforce its directions.

A bench of Justices V Gopala Gowda and Adarsh K Goel underlined regulation 2.3.4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition & Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011, and noted that the prohibition on sale of products with tobacco and nicotine must be put into effect immediately.

The regulation 2.3.4 states: “Product not to contain any substance which may be injurious to health: Tobacco and nicotine shall not be used as ingredients in any food products.”

The court order on Friday, sources in the FSSAI told The Indian Express, will enable the food regulator and other enforcement agencies in the government to prosecute companies that have resorted to an ingenious way of ensuring that sales continue despite the 2011 regulation.

Contending that the notifications restrained them only from selling gutkha (raw betel nut mixed with tobacco), various companies had started selling pan masala paired with a separate sachet of tobacco.

The issue was highlighted by senior advocate Gopal Subramanium, who pointed out that although the regulation was not stayed by any court, its enforcement was lacklustre. Subramanium has been appointed as amicus curiae in the batch of petitions relating to ban on sale of gutkha and pan masala.

The senior lawyer also referred to a submission by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare that manufacturers and tobacco companies were circumventing the ban imposed under the notifications.

“Instead of the earlier ready-to-consume mix, tobacco companies are now selling gutkha in twin packs to be mixed as one,” said Subramanium, adding that what was required was firm implementation of the FSSAI regulation that provided for a complete ban on products with tobacco and nicotine.

Accepting his plea, the bench passed the order: “In view of the above, concerned statutory authorities are directed to comply with the above mandate of law. We also direct the Secretaries, Health Departments of all the States and Union Territories to file their affidavits before the next date of hearing on the issue of total compliance of the ban imposed on manufacturing and sale of gutkha and pan masala with tobacco and/or nicotine.” The court will hear the case next in November.

According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2010, about 35 per cent of adults in India consume tobacco in some form or the other. The estimated number of tobacco users in India is 27.5 crore, with 16.37 crore users of smokeless tobacco, 6.9 crore smokers and 4.23 crore users of both smoking and smokeless tobacco.

Further, a report released in 2014 by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute found that users in India and Bangladesh make up 80 per cent of the total smokeless tobacco users in the world.

Another report by the Health Ministry had estimated the total economic cost attributable to tobacco use from all diseases in 2011 amounted to Rs 1,04,500 crore in India, equivalent to 1.04 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product.

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India committed to adhering to international food safety standards: J P Nadda

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Shri J P Nadda inaugurates 20th session of WHO/FAO Coordinating Committee of Asia

“India is committed to adhering to international food safety standards.” This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at the inauguration of the 20th Session of the WHO/FAO Coordinating Committee of Asia (CCASIA), here today. He further added that there is a need for CCASIA to focus on standardization of foods/cuisines of Asian origin and popularize them internationally and facilitate their global trade.

Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare also graced the occasion.

Speaking at the event, Shri Nadda stated that CCAsia should work on the communication strategy and standardisation of processes, which shall be the contribution to Codex. There is an urgent need for enhancing awareness about the work of Codex in different countries and amongst key stakeholders, he noted. “The benefits of the work done by Codex Alimentarius could be further spread among all countries, especially in the developing countries that comprise almost 70% of the world population,” the Health Minister added.

Shri Nadda also highlighted the need for capacity building among the Asian countries. “There is a felt need for more coordinated action in the region on food standard related areas,” said Shri Nadda while underscoring the need for the Codex member countries to pool their resources and provide support to least developed countries in the region.

The Health Minister further mentioned that Codex has developed important standards and guidelines for different categories of food, national standards need to be harmonised with those of Codex to achieve an appropriate level of human health protection and fair practices in international trade. “We, in India, have already embarked on this harmonization process,” The Health Minister elaborated.

Shri Nadda again urged the Codex member countries to make Codex standard setting inclusive and continue to work collectively in this endeavor.

Addressing the participants, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said that it is imperative to lay down standards for food so that the food safety is ensured and the difficulties in trade of safe food are eliminated. Appreciating the work done by Codex Shri Faggan Singh further stated that the standards developed by Codex are accepted worldwide as these are science based and developed in an inclusive and transparent manner. “In essence, the Codex Alimentarius has reached every continent, and its contribution to the protection of public health and fair trade practices is immeasurable,” Shri Faggan Singh added.

Also present at the function were members of the food sector fraternity including the science community, industry and industry associations, consumer and citizen organizations, international organizations and foreign missions, experts and government officials from Central ministries and States and other key stakeholders.

Shri Shyam Khadka, Representative of the FAO in India, Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director, Shri Ashish Bahuguna, Chairperson, FSSAI, Shri Sanjay Dave, Chairperson Coordinating Committee of Asia (CCASIA) and Ms. Anamaria Bruno, Senior Food Standards Officer, Codex Secretariat were also present at the inaugural ceremony.

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FSSAI working on scheme for maintain quality of food from farm to fork

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New Delhi

In a bid to ensure the safety of food from farm to fork, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is working on a plan (called Farm to Trade – Bridging the food standards) to ensure that safe food produce is picked by large bulk buyers from mandis who deal with processing companies.

FSSAI has compiled a list of such companies and called on them to ensure cleaning, sorting and grading of such raw produce at the mandis. The ministry of agriculture and cooperation and National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX) were in talks for the same recently.

Besides, the apex food regulator consulted the Food Corporation of India (FCI) and the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) on the subject.

The issue come to the fore when a large section of the traders demanded a review into the definition of food business operator (FBO), citing their limitation in trading such commodities, raw or processed, provided by others.

Pawan Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI, stated the apex regulator has been engaging such agencies like FCI, NCDEX and NAFED for the purpose.

He said, “Traders don’t want to come under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. There are demands from many quarters like retail. Their concern is genuine, but there will not be any change in the existing definition of FBO. However, the regulator could look into resolving their concerns.”

“We are trying to get a solution to this situation. We had talks with NCDEX and a meeting with the ministry of agriculture, marketing and cooperation also took place recently about whether there be a cleaning, grading and sorting scheme for raw produce at mandis?,” Agarwal added.

“We are figuring out what should be done, because there were many such schemes which didn’t get traction amongst farmers in the past. We’re also looking into how to incentivise the farmers under the scheme. This will be the major focus of the scheme,” he said.

The idea is to bring the bulk buyers on board and through them educate the farmers to adopt the best agriculture practices, including post-harvest management of cleaning, sorting and grading of the raw produce.

“I think alignment is what is needed. A lot of awareness and public education is involved in the whole process,” he added.

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FSSAI to respond on Maggi in a week

23,September, 2016 Leave a comment
 

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.

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School’s bid for own food stayed by HC

23,September, 2016 Leave a comment
 

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.

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US Food Safety Dept Rejects MTR, Wipro Items For Being “Unsafe”

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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.

Firstpost reported:

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.”

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