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APMC sends licensing & registration circulars to traders, transporters

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The Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC) have sent circulars urging all those who are directly or indirectly associated with the APMC market to obtain licenses and register under the new Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) 2006.
The last date for getting registration and licenses under the new act is February 4, 2013. It is mandatory for all traders, transporters, labourers, mathadi and maphadi workers who are associated with the APMC market will have to get themselves registered or obtain licenses.
Speaking to Food & Beverage News, Sudhir Tungar, additional commissioner and secretary, APMC market, said, “I have sent the circulars to everyone associated with the market. All those who are directly or indirectly involved in the market would have to obtain licenses.”
“Those whose turnover is below Rs 12 lakh would have to register themselves. The process have already started but the number of registered operators and that of the licensees cannot be revealed because we are yet to count it,” he said.
Tungar added, “Those who touch the fruit, vegetables and other agricultural products in the market would have to take licenses or register at any cost. The process of registration and license is going on at it own pace, but I am sure that most of the traders, transporters, mathadi and maphadi workers would be able to get it done before the deadline.”

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Food safety risks need robust preventive measures, curative capacities

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India’s president Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the National Seminar on ‘Food Safety – Role of Standards’ organised by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee said, “The globalisation of the world economy has given a significant boost to food trade and resulted in a paradigm shift in food consumption patterns, production methods and processing technologies. But at the same time, there is a new risk of faster trans-boundary transfer of microbiological and chemical hazards.” He stated that this presents a new set of challenges to food safety and these potential risks require robust preventive and curative capacities to be put in place to safeguard the health of our population.
The president said that the challenge of meeting the ever-growing food requirement of our population calls for major investments and innovation in our agriculture, agri-business and food processing sectors. While upgradation of suitable technology is essential, safe farming practices, modern breeding techniques should go hand in hand with food related research, duly concentrating on how food safety should be regulated under Indian climatic and other relevant physical and cultural conditions. He said BIS has an increasingly important role in this effort.
Mukherjee also received the first copy of book ‘Indian Standard Street Food Vendors – Food Safety Requirements’ on the occasion.
K V Thomas, minister of state (independent charge), ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution; M S Swaminathan, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha; Pankaj Agrawala, secretary, department of consumer affairs, and Afzal Amanullah, director general, Bureau of India Standards, were also present on the occasion.

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புகையிலை பொருட்களுக்கு தடைமத்திய அரசுக்கு சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட் "நோட்டீஸ்’-தினமலர் செய்தி

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கையிலைப் பொருட்களை தடை செய்வது தொடர்பாக, மத்திய அரசுக்கு, சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட் "நோட்டீஸ்’ அனுப்பியுள்ளது.புகையிலைப்பொருட்களுக்கு தடை விதிக்க வேண்டும் என, டில்லியை சேர்ந்த, தன்னார்வ தொண்டு நிறுவனம் ஒன்று, சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட்டில் பொதுநல மனு ஒன்றை தாக்கல் செய்தது. இந்த வழக்கில், மனுதாரர் தரப்பில், பிரபல வழக்கறிஞர், பிரசாந்த் பூஷன் ஆஜர் ஆனார்.இந்நிலையில், இந்த வழக்கு, நேற்று, சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட்டில், நீதிபதி சிங்வி முன், விசாரணைக்கு வந்தது.
அப்போது, பிரசாந்த் பூஷன் கூறியதாவது:புகையிலை பொருட்களை, பிளாஸ்டிக் பைகளில் வைத்து விற்பதை தடை செய்ய வேண்டும் என்ற கோர்ட் உத்தரவை, மத்திய அரசு நடைமுறைபடுத்தவில்லை. அதுபோல், புகையிலை பொருட்களின் உற்பத்தி, வினியோகம், விற்பனை, ஏற்றுமதி மற்றும் இறக்குமதி போன்றவற்றிற்கு தடைவிதிக்க வேண்டும். புகையிலையை மென்று தின்பதற்கும், குட்கா மற்றும் பான்மசாலா போன்ற, இதர போதைப் பொருட்களுக்கும் தடை விதிக்க வேண்டும்.
இதனை மீறுவோர் மீது சுற்றுச்சூழல் பாதுகாப்பு சட்டம் மற்றும் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு தர சட்டப்பிரிவுகளின் கீழ், நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும். விதிமுறைகளை மீறி, புகையிலைப் பொருட்களின் உற்பத்தி, விற்பனை போன்றவற்றில் ஈடுபடும் நிறுவனங்கள் மீது, கோர்ட் அவமதிப்பு வழக்கு தொடர வேண்டும்.
அரசின் ஆதரவு இல்லாமல், இதுபோன்ற கொடுமைகள் நடைபெறாது. குட்கா, பான்மசாலா மற்றும் பிளாஸ்டிக் பைகளில் புகையிலை பொருட்களை வைத்து விற்பவர்கள் மிகப்பெரிய அளவில், "லாபிகளாக’ செயல்பட்டு வருகிறார்கள். இவர்கள்தான் அரசின் கொள்கைகள் மற்றும் நடவடிக்கைகளை நிர்ணயிப்பவர்களாக உள்ளனர். எனவே, இவர்கள் மீது நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.இவ்வாறு, மனுதாரர் தரப்பில் தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டது.இதையடுத்து, புகையிலைப் பொருட்களுக்கு, முழுமையான தடை விதிப்பது தொடர்பாக விளக்கம் அளிக்கும்படி, மத்திய அரசுக்கு, சுப்ரீம்கோர்ட் "நோட்டீஸ்’ அனுப்ப உத்தரவிட்டது.

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SC moved for stringent ban on tobacco items

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The petition sought direction to the government and the Food Safety and Standards Authority to rigorously enforce the restrictions.

New Delhi, Dec 12 (IANS) The Supreme Court Wednesday issued notice to the government on a plea for ban on manufacture, distribution, sale, export, import and consumption of chewing tobacco, gutka and pan masala in all their forms.

The apex court bench Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya issued notice after petitioner Centre for Public Interest Litigation’s (CPIL) counsel Prashant Bhushan told the court that 14 states had banned gutka but the restriction was not effective as the product was still being manufactured in other states.

The CPIL sought direction that violation of the prohibition order, as sought by it, would not only make a tobacco product’s manufacturer liable under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, but also constitute an offence of contempt of court.

The petition sought direction to the government and the Food Safety and Standards Authority to rigorously enforce the restrictions.

Seeking ban on all forms of gutka, the application said that 14 states have banned gutka only and there were no curbs on chewing tobacco and pan masala.

The NGO alleged that the government had not taken any steps to implement the orders of the apex court or even its own notification which was issued in pursuance to the court’s orders.

The court would next hear the matter in February 2013.

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President Mukherjee emphasizes on challenges to food safety

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Emphasizing food safety as a challenge for the world and India, President Pranab Mukherjee Wednesday said the globalization of the world economy has given a significant boost to food trade that resulted in a paradigm shift in food consumption patterns, production methods and processing technologies.

President Mukherjee said it in his inaugural address at the National Seminar on ‘Food Safety – Role of Standards’ organized by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) at the Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.

Stressing on the need of food safety as a prior duty of the government, President said, "There is a new risk – of faster trans-boundary transfer of microbiological and chemical hazards due to the expansion of global food trade. This presents a new set of challenges to food safety."

"These potential risks require robust preventive and curative capacities to be put in place to safeguard the health of our population," said President.

"The economic cost of poor safety standards can be high – in terms of treatment of food-borne diseases and the direct and indirect economic loss due to rejection or low grading of our products in the international market," he added.

President Mukherjee said India has made significant strides over the past decades in food production as well as in exports of food products.

"India is among the 15 leading exporters of agricultural products in the world. It is noteworthy that in 2010-11, exports of agricultural and allied products registered a robust growth rate of 39.3 percent. It is indeed a positive development that manufacturers of food, transporters and all stakeholders in the chain of food supply in our country are becoming increasingly cognisant of the virtues of food safety," said President Mukherjee.

"More and more of them are voluntarily and consciously adapting traditional approaches to develop innovative systems for food safety management," he added.

Emphasizing that food safety has been a key priority for the Government of India, President Mukherjee said, "The Food Safety and Standards Act introduced by Government in 2006 is a comprehensive, consolidating statute related to food safety and regulation. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, established under this Act has the responsibility of protecting and promoting public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety."

The President pointed out that the challenge of meeting the ever growing food requirement of our population calls for major investments and innovation in our agriculture, agri-business and food processing sectors.

"While up-gradation of suitable technology is essential, safe farming practices, modern breeding techniques should go hand in hand with food related research, duly concentrating on how food safety should be regulated under Indian climatic and other relevant physical and cultural conditions," said President Mukherjee.

"The Bureau of Indian Standards has an increasingly important role in this effort. I note that the Bureau of Indian Standards has formulated Indian Standards and a number of guidelines on best practices and management systems. In these, they have included Indian standards on Food Retail Management, Good Hygienic Practices, and Good Manufacturing Practices," he added.

President Mukherjee said the Indian Standard on basic requirements for street food vendors is an important step, especially in the context of the significant growth in the street food sector.

"It has important economic and nutritional implications for our urban populations as street foods are an accessible and affordable option for a sizeable percentage of our working population," he added.

Pointing out that a substantial majority of our food businesses are small and cottage scale units, President Mukherjee said, " They should not be intimidated by the standards that are set for them or find their implementation to be too complex. There must be a channel for addressing their genuine problems and generating practical solutions to these."

"They should be made aware that these standards are measures that have been taken by Government and regulators are in their own interest. By improving the safety of the food they produce and building food safety systems and capacity, they would increase their own profitability," he added.

President Mukherjee said the importance of consumer education in the prevention of food-borne illness is another universal imperative.

The President also congratulated the Bureau of Indian Standards for taking this initiative to create awareness about food safety and the role of standards in India.

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FSSAI-Walk-in interview for the post of Technical Officers on Contract basis (Dated : 12-12-2012).

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Appiotment(12-12-2012)

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Food safety key priority of Govt

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President, Pranab Mukherjee has said that food safety is the key priority of the government and food safety and standards authority is responsible for protection and promotion of public health. While inaugurating the National Seminar on Food Safety – Role of Standards in New Delhi today, Mukherjee said that Globalisation of the world economy has provided a significant boost to food trade.

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