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Food supplements promising rapid body growth fail test – Tribune News Service

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A large number of powdered food supplements, promising rapid body growth, are being sold in every part of the state. The district health authorities recently collected six samples of such products procured from shops situated at Sunam, Dhuri and Dirba in the district.

However, all the six samples failed to meet norms of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) during a laboratory test, conducted by Food Analyst, Punjab.

The laboratory has labelled these products as misleading (packaging of the product contains misleading statements) or substandard or both.

The health authorities maintain that the results of these six samples fall in the category of "failed" samples as per the FSSA.

They will now launch proceedings in the court of Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Adjudicating Officer, Sangrur, especially designated under the FSSA. The sellers may be fined up to Rs 10 lakh, if it is proved that the product information is misleading and Rs 5 lakh, if the product is found substandard.

Dr Surinder Singla, District Health Officer, Food Safety, said the quantity of the total stock of body growth products being sold in the district could not be ascertained. He said it was also possible that the products whose samples were collected were fake.

Dr Singla said it had come to their notice that so-called fitness experts and gym trainers had been prescribing such products to youths for rapid body growth.

Dr HS Bali, state nodal officer, Food Safety, said a majority of the samples of body growth food supplements were collected from Sangrur district. He said instructions were being issued to all the district health officers to collect a maximum number of samples of such products from their respective areas.

Meanwhile, Sangrur Civil Surgeon Dr Subodh Gupta said during past five months, a total of 139 food samples had been collected in the district, of which 23 samples had failed the test while the results of 15 others were awaited.

Health hazard

  • The Sangrur authorities collected six samples of body grow supplements from shops in Sunam, Dhuri and Dirba towns
  • All the samples failed to meet norms of the Food Safety and Standards Act during a test, conducted by Food Analyst
  • The laboratory has labelled these products as misleading (packaging of the product contains misleading statements) or substandard or both
  • The sellers may be fined up to Rs 10 lakh, if it is proved that the product information is misleading and Rs 5 lakh, if the product is found substandard
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CAMPCO wants CFTRI to certify quality of imported arecanut – The Hindu

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If the suggestion of a city-based cooperative finds takers, Mysore-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI) could become the centre for testing the quality of imported arecanut.

This could prevent imports of substandard arecanut into the country.

Central Arecanut and Cocoa Marketing and Processing Cooperative Ltd. (CAMPCO) has urged Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, to appoint the CFTRI as an authority to test the quality of imported arecanut.

At present there is no government-authorised arecanut testing facility in the country.

Konkodi Padmanabha, president of the cooperative, has written to the Minister urging him to instruct the CFTRI to set standard specifications of the characteristics of imported arecanut.

“…We understand that till date there is no standard specification made available by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for arecanut…,” Mr. Padmanabha said in the letter dated June 3. As a result authorities at ports and those in the Public Health departments were not in a position to judge the quality of imported arecanut effectively.

The letter pointed out that an Arecanut Research and Development Foundation (ARDF) analysis here found four samples of imported arecanut unfit for human consumption due to fungal growth. The samples were sent by the Customs Department, Araria, Bihar, and the Revenue Intelligence Department, Muzaffarpur. But a court ruled that the ARDF was not a legally authorised agency to certify the quality of imported arecanut and the consignments were released later.

A testing centre was all the more important as 85 per cent (53,263 tonnes) of the arecanut imports in 2012-13 were from Bangladesh alone, as revealed by Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP.

M. Suresh Bhandary, managing director of CAMPCO, told The Hindu that food products had standard specifications regarding fat content, acid insoluble ash, PH level, total plate count, etc. In the absence of such specifications for arecanut, one cannot be sure of the quality of imported varieties, Mr. Bhandary said.

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குட்கா, பான்மசாலா பொருள்களுக்கு தடை – உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் எச்சரிக்கை

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வலங்கைமான் ஒன்றியத்தில் வரும் ஜூன் மாதம் 23ஆம் தேதிக்குப் பின்னர் தடை செய்யப்பட்ட குட்கா, பான்மசாலா, புகையிலை அல்லது நிகோடின் பொருள்களை விற்பனை செய்தால், அவை பறிமுதல் செய்யப்படுவதுடன் விற்பனையாளர்கள் மீது கடும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும் என வலங்கைமான் ஒன்றிய உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் குருசாமி எச்சரிக்கை விடுத்துள்ளார்.

இதுகுறித்துஅவர்வெளியிட்டசெய்திக்குறிப்பு: –

தமிழகத்தில் குட்கா, பான்மசாலா, புகையிலை மற்றும் நிகோடின் கொண்ட உணவுப் பொருள்கள் உற்பத்தி, சேமிப்பு மற்றும் விற்பனை செய்வதற்கு தடை விதித்து தமிழக முதல்வர் 8.5.2013-ல் அறிவிப்பு விடுத்துள்ளார் . இந்த அறிவிப்பு 23.5.2013-ல் அரசிதழில் வெளியிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. வரும் 23.06.2013 ஆம் தேதி முதல் இப்பொருள்களின் விற்பனைக்கு அரசு தடை விதித்துள்ளது.

புகையிலை உபயோகிப்பதால் உண்டாகும் கேன்சர் போன்ற வியாதிகள் வராமல் இருக்க இவற்றை பொது மக்கள் உபயோகிப்பதைத் தவிர்க்க வேண்டும். பொது மக்கள் இந்த முயற்சிக்கு ஒத்துழைப்பு வழங்க வேண்டும்

தொடர்ந்து பான்பராக், குட்கா விற்பனை செய்யும் கடைகளின் உரிமையாளர்கள் மீது கடும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும் என எச்சரிக்கை விடுத்துள்ளார்.

பான்பராக், குட்கா விற்பனை  &  உணவு விற்பனை தொடர்பான புகார்களை உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலருக்கு 9943331001 என்ற எண்ணில் தொடர்பு கொண்டு தெரிவிக்கலாம் என்றார் .

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