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கடலூர் மாவட்டத்தில் தடை செய்யப்பட்டுள்ள பான்மசாலா, குட்கா, புகையிலை விற்பனையை தடுக்க ஆட்சியர் தலைமையில் கண்காணிப்பு குழு

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கடலூர் மாவட்டத்தில் தடை செய்யப்பட்டுள்ள பான்மசாலா, குட்கா, புகையிலை மற்றும் நிக்கோடின் சேர்க்கப்பட்ட உணவு தயாரிப்பு மற்றும் விற்பனை செய்வதை தடுப்பதற்கான ஆய்வு கூட்டம் ஆட்சியர் கிர்லோஷ்குமார் தலைமையில் நடைபெற்றது.

இதில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர்கள், வருவாய்துறை, மருத்துவத்துறை, கல்வித்துறை, வணிகவரிதுறை, போக்கு வரத்து துறை, காவல்துறை, நகராட்சித்துறை உள்ளிட்ட துறை அலுவலர்கள் கலந்து கொண்டனர். கூட்டத்தில் முதற்கட்டமாக வணிக வரிதுறை தணிக்கை சாவடி, காவல்துறை தணிக்கை சாவடி மற்றும் போக்கு வரத்து துறை தணிக்கை சாவடிகளில் சோதனை மேற்கொண்டு தடை செய்யப்பட்ட பொருட்களை கடத்தப்படாமல் தடுக்க உத்தரவிடப்பட்டுள்ளது.

மேலும் தடை செய்யப்பட்ட பொருட்களின் விற்பனையை தடுக்கவும் மீறுபவர்கள் மீது நடவடிக்கை மேற்கொள்ளவும் ஆட்சியர் கிர்லோஷ்குமார் தலைமையில் குழு அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. இதில் எஸ்.பி, மாவட்ட வருவாய் ஆய்வாளர், சுகாதார பணிகள் துணை இயக்குனர் உள்ளிட்ட துறைகளின் அதிகாரிகள் உறுப்பினர்களாகவும், மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை அதிகாரி டாக்டர். ராஜா செயல் தலைவராகவும் நியமிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளனர்.

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FSSAI- Statutory Advisory on use of glazing agents Shellac, Beeswax (white and yellow), gum and arabic and pectin in chocolates at GMP level. (Dated : 28-06-2013).

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Food business licensing procedures go online – The Hindu

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All firms must get licence before February 4, 2014

New process:A view of the page in the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India website that food business operators must use to apply online for licence. —PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

New process:A view of the page in the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India website that food business operators must use to apply online for licence.

The Tamil Nadu Food Safety Department has taken online the licensing procedures for food businesses in the State. The food business operators can now apply or renew licences without ever having to come to any office of the Food Safety Department.

Official sources told The Hindu here on Thursday that Tamil Nadu was the ninth State in the country to take the licensing procedures online.

This step had been mandated by the Food Safety and Standards Act. The online facility was launched by State Food Safety Commissioner Kumar Jayanth in Chennai on Tuesday.

Sources said that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, a statutory body that implemented the Act, would conduct training programmes for food business operators on the new procedure. Officials here said that they would assist the applicants during the initial period with the online application process.

Licence was mandatory for all food business concerns with an annual turnover of above Rs. 12 lakh. At present, 2,156 firms in Coimbatore had obtained licences, an official said, adding that the total number of food business firms here would be around 8,500. All the firms must get licences before February 4, 2014.

According to the officials, Form B application, submitted for getting the licence, would no longer be issued in paper form and could be obtained only online.

Applicants would have to go to the website http://www.fssai.gov.in and choose the option ‘Food Licensing & Registration System (FLRS)’ to commence the process. Once the Form B was submitted, the applicants would have to remit the requisite fee to the treasury, scan the receipts and other relevant documents such as identify proofs and upload them to the website.

However, a senior official said that for this step alone, applicants also have option of sending the documents and receipt through registered post to the Designated Officer of Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (Food Safety Wing) in the district.

After this, Food Safety Officers will conduct the physical inspection and would submit their reports online. All the 32 Food Safety Officers in Coimbatore district had been issued with an internet-enabled tablet for the purpose.

Once their reports were scrutinised by the Designated Officer concerned, the applicant would be issued Form C or the licence.

The applicant could track the status of the application during any stage of the process through an Application Reference Number. If any clarifications were needed, the applicant would get an email automatically.

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Kochi’s old spice route gets a new lease of life – Financial Express News

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Once the only exchange in the world to trade in pepper futures, the India Pepper and Spice Trade Association (Ipsta) has a rich history, and also a chequered one. Relegated to the background after the launch of national-level multi-commodity exchanges in the past decade, this regional bourse in the spice city of Kochi was mostly serving local farmers. This, however, is set to change dramatically, or at least, that is the plan.

The temporary suspension of pepper futures at the National Commodity & Derivatives Exchange (NCDEX), the country’s largest farm commodity exchange, and decades-old trust among local farmers have provided Ipsta with a golden opportunity to regain its past glory.

The Forward Markets Commission (FMC) has granted permission to Ipsta for continuation of pepper futures from July. It is also looking at a tie-up with a national player to boost its scale of trade, ML Parekh, president of Ipsta, told FE, without elaborating. This is significant because NCDEX has so far not received permission to launch contracts after May. Another player, the National Multi-Commodity Exchange (NMCE), has also received approval to re-start pepper futures, but volumes in this exchange have so far been marginal.

Problems arose in pepper futures trade in December when Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) seized 6,800 tonnes of pepper, reportedly for the presence of mineral oil, from an NCDEX warehouse. “The allegations of adulteration of black pepper stocks held in NCDEX accredited warehouses earlier had created uncertainty among the market participants, forcing commodity

regulator FMC to take strict measures on quality of farm commodities. FSSAI authorities had sealed six commodity warehouses to ensure the sealed stocks do not enter into the market,” said CP Krishnan, whole-time director, Geojit Comtrade Ltd. The trade came to a standstill when traders refused to take delivery of pepper, alleging mineral oil content. FMC was forced to stop trading in NCDEX and NMCE after May. Exports also suffered due to reports on poor quality, and traders who used the exchange as a hedging platform were also affected.

Ipsta was the only exchange with contracts in June as it managed to launch modified contracts that specified “free from oil wash”. Incidentally, the exchange had abstained in the past from trading in pepper that was oil washed.

“The Ipsta model was successful in the past and we hope that it would continue to serve the interests of serious players in the field. Position limits were strictly enforced in Ipsta exchange, leading to lesser role for speculators and non-serious players. Lesser speculation and increased participation of real stakeholders like exporters and processing industry would help in greater efficiency in price discovery,” said Jojan Malayil of Kochi-based Bafna Enterprises, one of the largest exporters of pepper.

“We hope that in the present circumstances we stand a good chance to revive the exchange. Traders and farmers have promised good support to the exchange, which did good business for more than 50 years,” Parekh said. Daily volume of trade has improved significantly after May

to 60-170 tonnes per day, he added. During May, NCDEX had a trading volume of 150-300 tonnes, while the average trading volume per day before the problems started stood at 1,500-3,000 tonnes. “In our good days, Ipsta had a daily turnover of 500 tonnes and we hope to achieve much more with help from exporters and farmers,” he added. He is convinced that it would be the credibility factor that would help Ipsta succeed at this juncture.

Kishore Shamji, a senior exporter and member of Ipsta, feels that participation of stakeholders in the national multi-commodity exchanges was low and always suspect. “There is scope for revival of Ipsta as many members are disappointed with the existing national commodity exchanges. High volatility, excessive speculation and the role of brokers have made the exchanges less dependable,” he added.

However, some critics say that Ipsta operated well in a different set of circumstances where players in the exchange were connected in one way or the other to pepper trading. The most important factor is that India is rapidly turning into a less important player in the global arena. India used to export 40,000-50,000 tonnes of pepper annually from its yearly production of 80,000-100,000 tonnes.

Production in India has dropped to 50,000 tonnes, while it remains the largest consumer of pepper in the world, with its annual domestic consumption estimated at 40,000-45,000 tonnes. Meanwhile, Vietnam leads the global pepper trade, growing between 110,000-125,000 tonnes annually.

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KVVES protests against raids – The Hindu

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KOZHIKODE, June 28, 2013

Raids on hotels and food outlets is merely an excuse to harass small-time businessmen, the Kerala Vyapari Vyavasayi Ekopana Samithi (KVVES) said on Thursday. It was responding to a series of State-wide raids conducted by food safety officials.

In a release, the traders’ body said these raids were unfair on the small trader and amounted to effectively crippling his business.

It said food safety officials had no authority to order the closure of and charge cases against food establishments, as it came only under the power of the Revenue Divisional Officer.

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One hotel closed, 21 eateries fined in raids – The Hindu

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District Food Safety Officer K.Ajith Kumar conducted checks in various eateries in the city and closed down Hotel Lavanya in Kaloor and fined 21 other hotels and bakeries on various grounds.

Most of the hotels and bakeries had a clean dining room, but the kitchen areas were found wanting, Mr. Kumar said.

The hotels were fined on various accounts like reuse of oil, unhygienic storage of prepared food, store area that did not have proper moisture control, using old and unclean utensils, cobwebs in the kitchen, and broken or dilapidated condition of kitchens.

The guidelines issued under the Food Safety Act along with a Malayalam transcript had been given to all the outlets through their associations, said Mr. Kumar. He said the raids would continue for another couple of days.

Raids were conducted for the past three days on hotels and bakeries in the city area, Aluva, Koothatukulam and Vazhakulam. In the city 19 outlets were inspected and improvement notices were issued to seven units.

In Aluva, 10 establishments were raided and improvement notices issued to seven units while in Koothatukulam and Vazhakulam areas inspections in 14 units were held of which 9 were given improvement notices.

The raids were conducted on the orders of the State Food Safety Commissioner Biju Prabhakar.

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HC dismisses challenge to gutkha ban – Business standard News

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The single bench of the Karnataka High Court circuit bench in Dharwad, headed by Justice B S Patil on Tuesday upheld the Karnataka government’s decision to ban the manufacture and sale of gutkha in the state.

The court quashed the interim plea filed by gutkha companies seeking a stay on the government order banning gutkha. Star Gutkha company and three others had appealed to the HC to stay the notification issued by the food safety commissioner banning gutkha. The court, which heard the plea on June 11, had reserved its final order.

On Tuesday Justice B S Patil in his pronouncement said as per the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 the state government has right to ban items containing tobacco and nicotine. This act was implemented all over the country since August 5, 2011. Hence the notification is found to be well within the framework of law, the judge observed. He said some NGOs had appealed to the government and court to ban the manufacture and sale of gutkha in view of the hazard it poses to the health of the people, particularly the youth.

As such banning of gutkha is a wise decision on the part of state government, Justice B S Patil said.

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147 hotels raided – The New Indian Express News

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By Express News Service – THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

27th June 2013 11:59 AM

                                                  Special squads of Food Safety officials from various districts conducted raids on 147 hotels in the state and suspended the Food Business Operator (FBO) licence of 10 establishments.

The raids were conducted following the instruction of the Food Safety Commissioner to ensure 30 guidelines for cleanliness in hotels. A total of 10 eateries lost their licences and were closed down.

Around 90 hotels were given improvement notices and a total fine to the tune of Rs 1,13,500 was imposed on 23 hotels.

A total of 60 hotels had been closed down following the recent raids and imposed a fine of Rs 4,48,500.

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1,000 kg of gutka, pan masala seized – The Hindu

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BannedThe stash was found in homes in Ayanavaram and Vadapalani. Officials burnt all the products at the Kodungaiyur dumping yard—Photo: V. Ganesan

BannedThe stash was found in homes in Ayanavaram and Vadapalani. Officials burnt all the products at the Kodungaiyur dumping yard—Photo: V. Ganesan

Over 1,000 kg of chewable tobacco products stored clandestinely in various houses in Ayanavaram and Vadapalani were seized on Thursday.

A massive raid conducted by the food safety department, with assistance from the Chennai Corporation and the police, led to the seizure of gutka and pan masala, which are banned, carcinogenic products.

Since the ban came into effect in May, the food safety department has cracked down on business units that sell the products. To circumvent this, wholesalers began storing products in residential properties, officials said.

On Thursday evening, 1,060 kg of the products were destroyed at the Kodungaiyur dumping yard. However, so far, no legal action has been taken against the wholesalers.

Officials said the screening of retail and wholesale shops will continue, but four teams of 25 officials each have also been asked to search houses connected to those in the business. “We are now educating food business operators, including 56 wholesalers in Chennai district. The raids will continue daily,” said S. Lakshmi Narayanan, designated officer of the department.

A chunk of the wholesale dealers operate from Sowcarpet and T. Nagar. An official on one of the teams said that while retailers have taken the products off their shelves, they continue to sell them clandestinely. “We have to educate proprietors at all such outlets,” he said.

Since the ban is only for products that contain tobacco, officials said businesses that sold pan masala or gutka could get their products tested in accredited laboratories. If the products did not contain tobacco, they could be sold. “Pan masala mixed with tobacco or nicotine is banned. The regular kind can be sold,” said Dr. Narayanan.

The State government banned the manufacture, storage, distribution and sale of carcinogenic chewable forms of tobacco based on a proposal submitted by the State Tobacco Control Cell.

The present ban is legally tenable as it relies on the Food Safety and Standards Act, which has provisions to prevent tobacco and nicotine from being used as ingredients in food.

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