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FBO AWARNESS NOTICE-DINDIGUL BLOCK FOOD SAFETY OFFICER

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Call to prepare hygienic foods-The Hindu

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“Food Safety Department received complaints about unhygienic preparation”

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A campaign to create awareness of food safety was held in Cuddalore on Wednesday.—

Officials of the Food Safety Department on Wednesday urged the owners of restaurants, roadside eateries and stalls to strictly follow food safety procedures and avoid the spread of diseases.

The call was made at an awareness rally conducted by the Food Safety Department in association with the ASR School here.

M.P. Raja, Deputy Commissioner, Food Safety and Drug Administration, Cuddalore, said the department had received complaints about unhygienic preparation and display of food items by various restaurants and roadside eateries. It was not good for health and would cause diseases. Hence, it was decided to distribute pamphlets and notices to various stakeholders and people to create awareness of food safety.

Dr. Suganya, who sponsored the event, said it was a high time action was taken against those following unhygienic methods of food preparation and display of food. Surprise raids should be carried out to detect those violating food safety rules.

The rally went around important roads and streets in Cuddalore. Participants carried placards highlighting the importance of hygienic methods of food preparation. They also distributed notices and pamphlets to workers and owners of various food stalls and hotels.

Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS

Misleading Labelling by Junk Food Companies

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) monitors labels on various food items by different companies in media as well as on the product labels. Such complaints received from the public are analysed in FSSAI and show-cause notices issued to the manufactures. Their replies are examined at FSSAI by a 3 member committee constituted for this purpose. As per recommendations of this Committee, actions including prosecution are initiated by Designated Officers at their regional levels. So far, 38 food items have been identified with misleading claims. Prosecutions have been launched in case of 19 such cases by Designated Officers at their regional levels.
Although the term “Junk Food” has not been defined under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and Rules / Regulations made thereunder, foods which have high fat, salt and sugar, with little or no protein, minerals and vitamins are considered as “unhealthy foods” and belong to the category of fast foods. Consumption of unhealthy foods is one of the risk factors but not a sole factor for development of obesity and diabetes. Consumption of food having trans fat is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
This information was given by Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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68 p.c. of milk sample adulterated: Ministry

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A ‘snap shot survey’ conducted across country reveals it

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has admitted that 68.40 per cent of the milk samples collected during a ‘snap shot survey’ conducted across the country last year did not conform to the Food Safety and Standards Regulation 2011.

This shocking information came to light through a written reply given on December 11 to a question raised by Rajya Sabha MP S. Thangavelu, who is from Sankarankovil in the district.

The reply given by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated that the National Survey on Milk Adulteration 2011 conducted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to ascertain the quality of milk and identify different types of adulteration has shown that 68.40 percent samples did not conform to the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011.

As per the gazette notification issued by the FSSAI, functioning under Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, milk is a mammary secretion derived from milking of healthy milch animal without either addition thereto or extraction unless otherwise provided in these Regulations.

It shall be free from colostrum.

The notification also prohibits the sale of certain admixtures. No person shall either by himself or by any servant or agent sell cream which has not been prepared exclusively from milk or which contains less than 25 per cent of milk fat; milk which contains any added water; ghee which contains any added matter not exclusively derived from milk fat; skimmed milk (fat abstracted) as milk; curd not prepared from boiled, pasteurised or sterilized milk.

Condensed milk sweetened, condensed skimmed milk sweetened, milk powder, skimmed milk powder, partly skimmed milk powder and partly skimmed sweetened condensed milk shall not be sold except under Indian Standards Institution Certification Mark.

Against this backdrop, the appalling admission by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the serious issue of milk adulteration has triggered shock waves.

Control mechanism

As a measure to control this menace, Commissioners of Food Safety in States and Union Territories have been empowered and mandated to take remedial measures under Food Safety and Standard Act and Rules and Regulations. FSSAI has already issued advisory to Food Safety Commissioners across the country to maintain the stipulated standards of milk. They have also been advised to take appropriate measures under the Food Safety and Standard Act and Rules and Regulations, the reply has said.

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70 food outlets face prosecution for adulteration

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70 food outlets face prosecution for adulteration

Food safety commissioner Sanjay Kumar has granted sanction to prosecute owners of 70 food and sweets outlets who allegedly used adulterated ingredients in violation of various provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which came into force in the state last year. The list includes seven prominent sweets outlets at New Dak Bungalow Road, Boring Road and Mithapur in the state capital. The rest belong to Bhagalpur, Gaya, Munger and Banka.

In most of the cases, the owners have been been charged with using non-edible synthetic colouring agents like lead chromate to enhance the colour of food items. If their offences are established, the violators could be imprisoned for a maximum period of six years besides paying a fine of Rs. 5 lakh each.

Notably, it has been scientifically proved that most of nonedible colouring agents are carcinogenic and their use may prove lethal.

Some of the alleged violators have also been charged with selling insect-infested food items. The offence invites a punishment for up to one year imprisonment and also a fine of Rs. 3 lakh.

Following the approval for prosecution, the cases will be tried in the designated courts, especially set up at all district headquarters for the purpose.

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கடலூரில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு விழிப்புணர்வு பேரணி

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Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION INVITED OUR STUDENT

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12,000 food business units yet to register-The Hindu

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Last date to apply for registration certificate and licence is February 4, says official

Over 12,000 food business units in Madurai district are yet to register their names under the Food Safety Act even as the last date of February 4 is fast approaching.

All food business operators have been asked to complete the process before the last date to avoid penalty thereafter. Hotels, eateries, roadside food vendors, grocery shops, departmental stores selling food items and also the chicken/fish stalls need to adhere to the guidelines of the Act which is aimed at ‘safe food for people.’

J. Suguna, Designated Officer for Food Safety, Madurai district, told The Hindu on Wednesday that there are totally 18,000 business units dealing in food sector in the district and all of them must follow the procedures.

The registration is done in two categories at the Food Safety Wing in the office of the Deputy Director of Health Services at Viswanathapuram in the city. While those having an annual turnover of up to Rs.12 lakh are issued registration certificate, the food business units whose earnings are more than Rs.12 lakh are issued license to operate.

However, so far, out of the total number of 18,000 food traders, only less than 6,000 units in both categories put together, have registered their particulars with the food safety officials.

“We are focusing on urban and rural areas and we expect the remaining 12,000 food business operators-big and small- to complete their process by February 4,” she said.

Dr. Suguna has also appealed to associations and chambers of commerce to tell the traders to go for registration as per requirements.

The inspection and registration monitoring process is being done at the field level by 26 Food Safety Officers in the district. Food safety teams are visiting various places to create awareness on the importance of Food Safety and Standards Act.

Officials are also planning to conduct ‘Food License Mela’ in Madurai on January 20 where spot registration can be done by concerned persons. The venue for holding this mela would be finalised soon and once the registration formality is completed, the traders can go for annual renewal. Registration is required for government hostels, rationshops, warehouses and ‘prasadam’ making units. Those who want more details about registration can contact Designated Officer for Food Safety Dr. Suguna on mobile umber: 98423-03625.

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Madurai

கடலூரில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு விழிப்புணர்வு பேரணி-தினகரன் செய்தி

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கடலூர், : கடலூரில் மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு, மருந்து நிர்வாகத்துறை சார்பி-ல் ரோட்டோரத்தில் பரோட்டா போடக்கூடாது உள்ளிட்ட 18 அம்ச கோரிக்கைகளை வலியுறுத்தி நடந்த விழிப்புணர்வு பேரணிக்கு கடலூர் மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு நல அலுவலர் ராஜா தலைமை தாங்கினார். பேரணியை நகர்மன்ற தலைவர் சுப்பிரமணியன் துவக்கி வைத்தார். உழவர் சந்தை அருகே துவங்கிய பேரணி அண்ணா மேம்பாலம், பாரதி பூங்கா வழியாக மஞ்சக்குப்பம் மணிக்கூண்டு அருகே முடிந்தது. பேரணியில் அரசு ஐடிஐ மற்றும் பள்ளி மாணவ- மாணவிகள் கடலூர் நகர, வட்டார உணவு பாதுகாப்பு நல அலுவலர்கள் உள்ளிட்ட பலர்  கலந்து கொண்டனர். பேரணியின் போது பஜ்ஜி, சிக்கனில் கலர்பொடி சேர்க்க கூடாது. ரோட்டோரத்தில் பரோட்டா போடக்கூடாது.
டீத்தூளில் கலப்படம் செய்யக்கூடாது. ஈ மொய்த்த தின்பண்டங்களை விற்க கூடாது என வலியுறுத்தி கோஷங்கள் எழுப்பப்பட்டன.

Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS