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Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS

உணவு பாதுகாப்பு விதிகளை பின்பற்ற வேண்டுகோள்

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கடலூர்: வடலூர் தைபூச தரிசன விழாவில் அன்னதானம் செய்வோர் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு விதிமுறைகளை பின்பற்ற வேண்டும் என மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ராஜா வேண்டுகோள் விடுத்துள்ளார்.

அவரது செய்திக்குறிப்பு:

வடலூரில் வரும் பிப்ரவரி 3ம் தேதி வள்ளலார் 144வது தைபூச ஜோதி தரிசன விழா நடக்கிறது. அதனைத் தொடர்ந்து 5ம் தேதி மேட்டுக்குப்பத்திலும் விழா நடைபெறவுள்ளது. இந்த இரு நிகழ்ச்சியிலும் பக்தர்களுக்கு அன்னதானம் செய்வோர் மற்றும் உணவு கடைகள் வைத்து வியாபாரம் செய்வோர் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு நடைமுறைகளை கடைபிடிக்க வேண்டும். அன்னதானம் வழங்க விரும்புவோர் முன்னதாக வடலூர் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலரிடத்தில் பதிவு செய்து கொள்ள வேண்டும். உணவு விடுதிகள் மற்றும் அன்னதான உணவு விடுதிகளில் பாதுகாக்கப்பட்ட சுத்திகரிக்கப்பட்ட குடிநீர் வழங்க வேண்டும். தெரு ஓரங்களில் விற்பனை செய்யப்படும் உணவு பண்டங்களான அல்வா, இனிப்பு, கார வகைகள் போன்றவற்றை பாலித்தீன் பேப்பர் கொண்டு மூடி வைக்க வேண்டும். காலாவதியான உணவு பொருட்களை விற்னை செய்யக் கூடாது.

Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS

அன்னதானங்கள், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அலுவலர் களால் பரிசோதனை செய்யப்பட்ட பின்னரே வழங்கப்பட வேண்டும்

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கடலூர் மாவட்ட கலெக்டர் சுரேஷ்குமார் வெளியிட்டுள்ள அறிக்கையில்,

’’வடலூர் திருவருட்பிரகாச வள்ளலார் தோற்றுவித்த சத்தியஞான சபையில் வருகிற 3–ந்தேதி அன்று தை பூச ஜோதி தரிசன விழா நடைபெற உள்ளது. விழாவை முன்னிட்டு அன்றைய தினம் ஆடு, மாடு, கோழி, பன்றி ஆகிய உயிரினங்கள் வெட்டும் இடங்களையும் மது, மாமிச கடைகளை மூடப்பட வேண்டும் என மாவட்ட கலெக்டர் உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளார்.

மேலும் தீயணைப்பு வண்டிகள், மருத்துவ முகாம்கள், குடிநீர், தற்காலிக கழிவறைகள் மற்றும் அவசர நிலை ஊர்திகள் தயார் நிலையில் வைக்க உத்தரவிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. தனிநபர்களால் வாகனங்களில் கொண்டு வந்து அளிக்கும் அன்னதானம் கண்ட இடங்களில் வழங்கக் கூடாது. குறிப்பாக கடலூர்– விருத்தாசலம் சாலை ஓரத்தில் அன்னதானம் வழங்க அனுமதி இல்லை. ஞானசபை மைதானத்தில் அதற்கென ஒதுக்கப்பட்டுள்ள இடத்தில் மட்டுமே அன்னதானம் வழங்கப்பட வேண்டும்.

வாகனங்களில் கொண்டு வந்து அன்னதானம் வழங்குபவர்கள் முன்னதாகவே, வடலூர் சத்திய ஞானசபை செயல் அலுவலரிடம் அனுமதி பெறப்பட வேண்டும். அவ்வாறு வழங்கப்படும் அன்னதானங்கள், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அலுவலர் களால் பரிசோதனை செய்யப்பட்ட பின்னரே வழங்கப்பட வேண்டும்.

தைபூச ஜோதி தரிசனம் காணவரும் பக்தர்கள் வசதிக்காக சிறப்பு பஸ் விடப்பட்டுள்ளது. இந்த பஸ்கள் சிதம்பரம் ரோட்டில் குறவன் குடியிருப்பு எதிரில், மந்தாரக்குப்பம் ரோட்டில் வடலூர் அரசு போக்குவரத்து கழக பணிமனை அருகில், பண்ருட்டி ரோட்டில் ராஜேந்திரன் சிட்டி, கடலூர் ரோட்டில் சேராக்குப்பம் டைவர்ஷன் ரோடு வழியாக சென்று ராஜேந்திரன் சிட்டி ஆகிய பஸ் நிறுத்தத்தில் நின்று செல்லும்’’என்று கூறியுள்ளார்.

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பூதப்பாண்டி பகுதியில் கெட்டு போன இறைச்சிகள் பறிமுதல்: உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிகாரிகள் நடவடிக்கை

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பூதப்பாண்டி, பிப். 1–

குமரி மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை நியமன அலுவலர் சாலோடிசன் தலைமையில் உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை அதிகாரிகள் இன்று பூதப்பாண்டி பகுதியில் திடீர் சோதனையில் ஈடுபட்டனர்.

பூதப்பாண்டி, இறச்சகுளம், திட்டுவிளை, அழகிய பாண்டியபுரம், எட்டாமடை, தடிக்காரன்கோணம் பகுதிகளில் இந்த சோதனை நடந்தது.

அப்போது திட்டுவிளையில் ஆடு, மாடுகள் வெட்டும் இடத்திற்கு அதிகாரிகள் சென்று சோதனை நடத்தியபோது, அங்கு கெட்டுப்போன இறைச்சி விற்கப்பட்டது தெரிய வந்தது.

அங்கிருந்து 20 கிலோ இறைச்சி பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்டு அதிகாரிகளால் அழிக்கப்பட்டது. மேலும் சில கடைகளில் தடை செய்யப்பட்ட புகையிலை பொருட்கள் விற்பனை செய்யப்பட்டது கண்டுபிடிக்கப்பட்டு பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்டது.

மேலும் ஒரு பால் விற்பனையாளரிடம் 30 லிட்டர் கெட்டுப்போன பால் பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்டு கீழே கொட்டி அழிக்கப்பட்டது. மேலும் பொது இடங்களில் அனுமதியில்லாமல் ஆடு உள்பட உயிரினங்களை வெட்டுவது கண்டுபிடிக்கப் பட்டு சம்பந்தப்பட்டவர்களுக்கு எச்சரிக்கை விடுக்கப்பட்டது.

இந்த சோதனையின்போது, உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அலுவலர்கள் அஜய் குமார், முருகேசன் உள்பட அதிகாரிகள் உடன் சென்றனர்.

FSSAI Exempts Certain Co-operatives from Licensing and Registration

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FSSAI Exempts Certain Cooperatives from Licensing and Registration

In an order passed on 21st January 2015, FSSAI has clarified who are the FBOs who will be permitted from exemption from FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations 2011. FSSAI has also laid down the criteria under which such exemption will be granted.

Up till now registration exemption was permitted for a producer of milk and only if

  • the milk producer was registered as a member of a dairy Co-operative Society
  • the co-operative society was registered under the Co-operative Societies Act
  • the milk producer was selling the entire supply of milk only to the society he was registered with

On the basis on this exemption FSSAI has received exemption requests from registration from a number of Co-operative Societies including Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad. This woman’s organization is registered under the Bombay Public Trusts Act 1950, Societies Registration Act 1860 and also Khadi and Village Industries Commission since 1966 as a ‘Village Industry.’ Since the organization is registered under so many societies FSSAI has granted exemption to the individual members to get an individual FBO registration under the FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations 2011.

FSSAI has given merit to Shri Mahila Griha Udyog Lijjat Papad as it has observed that

  • The socio-economic condition of these individuals is rather low and they are simply eking out a living for themselves by doing these petty jobs as per their skill-sets
  • FSSAI feels that those organizations running and managing a food enterprise on the lines of Khadi and Village Industries must get encouragement
  • The Co-operative Society under which these individuals function is taking the responsibility for the quality and safety of the food items produced/ manufactured in these organizations

Since this case can apply to many other organizations, FSSAI has now extended this exemption from registration to all individuals who work with Registered Co-operative as FBOs. Henceforth all such individual members who work as FBOs in societies that are registered under the ‘Co-operative Societies Act’ will be exempt from registering individually as an FBO under the FSS Act 2006 if they fulfill the following conditions.

The individual must be registered as a member of the Cooperative Society

  • Such individuals will not undertake to manufacture, sell and supply food products on their own or under their own brand. Each of the members shall supply and sell their entire production to the Cooperative Society only.
  • The Cooperative Society registered under the ‘Co-operative Societies Act’, shall obtain the license/ registration for its manufacturing unit, where the processing of the food is undertaken, under FSS Act 2006. The cooperative society will be completely responsible for complying with the conditions of the license as laid down in FSS (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations 2011 for all its registered members.
  • If a registered/ licensed Co-operative Society is seeking exemption from registration for its independent FBOs members then they are required to submit a list of registered members and their particulars to the competent authority. The list must be updated at all times. They also have to display a copy of their license/ registration certificate in a prominent place in their licensed/ registered co-operative premises.
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High toxin levels found in Mumbai’s bottled water – Lab Saints News

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MUMBAI:

High levels of certain carcinogens were found in bottled drinking water samples in Mumbai, according to a study conducted by the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) at Trombay.
A BARC team of four scientists checked 90 samples from 18 brands of bottled water sold by various manufacturers in the city. They found 27% samples contained higher than World Health Organisation-permitted limits of bromates, a salt containing bromide that is a by-product of the disinfection. The International Agency for Research on Cancer(IARC) classifies bromates as Group 2B carcinogens that could possibly cause cancer in humans. Some samples had bromate levels four times the WHO limit of 10 microgram per litre.

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The BARC findings were published in the January 10 issue of Current Science Journal, a peer-reviewed Indian science journal. Its objective was to check the water for chemical by-products caused by disinfecting processes.

Using ozone, for instance, can form bromates if the water had bromine to begin with. Similarly, certain hypochloride salts can lead to the formation of chlorites and chlorates that are known to affect red blood cells of mice. “Bottled water is in many cases drawn from ground water, which, in our country, is known to contain heavy metals that can cause chronic diseases like dementia,heart problems as well as hypertension,” said Dr Altaf Patel from Jaslok Hospital, who conducted several studies on heavy metal poisoning.

The bottled water industry, which has faced allegations of the presence of toxins, isn’t convinced. Ramesh Chauhan, chairman of Bisleri International, said, “Is the problem with packing or water? If it’s the latter, then it’s the city water that is bad. There have been no objections with bottles.” He said the city’s piped drinking water contains chlorine which is harmful. “We don’t allow chlorine in our process, but we do use ozone for disinfection,” he added.

Technically speaking, the BARC findings don’t mean bottled water samples are contaminated or below standards, because India doesn’t have any standards on bromate levels. The study, in fact, says the paper should be used to recommend standards for disinfection by-products. “Of the samples analyzed for bromates, 38 did not contain any detectable residues and the rest had detectable levels ranging from 0.7 to 43 microgram per litre. There are no regulatory limits prescribed in India for drinking water. Therefore, the presence of bromate in a sample does not violate any Indian standard for drinking water,” said a BARC spokesperson.

On WHO limits of 10 micrograms per litre for bromates in drinking water, the BARC said: “Only five samples of five brands showed bromate levels exceeding this limit. Even other bottles of the same brand did not have levels above WHO limits.” The spokesperson also said since there is no regulatory limit on concentration of bromates in drinking water in India and data presented in the paper is limited and confined to only one city, generalized inferences should not be drawn from the paper.

In 2003, the Delhi-based Centre for Science & Environment showed that bottled water had pesticide residues. Studies in Chennai a few years back showed high levels of microbes, including diarrhea-causing E-coli. While the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has since set stringent standards on the presence of chemicals and radioactive substances in bottled water, these don’t include disinfection byproducts such as bromates and chlorates.
A Bhabha Atomic Research Centre study, which found carcinogenic chemicals in bottled water samples in the city, says the paper should be used to recommend standards for disinfection by-products.

Technically speaking, the findings don’t mean bottled water samples are contaminated or below standards. The Bureau of Indian Standards has stringent limits on presence of chemicals and radioactive substances in bottled water, these don’t include disinfection by-products like bromates and chlorates.

Using ozone in disinfection can form bromates if the water had bromine to begin with. Similarly, certain hypochloride salts can form chlorites and chlorates. “Bottled water is in many cases drawn from ground water, which, in our country, is known to contain heavy metals that can cause chronic diseases like dementia, heart problems as well as hypertension,” said Dr Altaf Patel from Jaslok Hospital, who conducted several studies on heavy metal poisoning.

“Of the samples analyzed for bromates, 38 did not contain any detectable residues and the rest had detectable levels ranging from 0.7 to 43 microgram per litre. There are no regulatory limits prescribed in India for drinking water. Therefore, the presence of bromate in a sample does not violate any Indian standard for drinking water,” said a BARC spokesperson.

On WHO limits of 10 micrograms per litre for bromates in drinking water, the spokesperson said: “Only five samples of five brands showed bromate levels exceeding this limit. Even other bottles of the same brand did not have levels above WHO limits.” The spokesperson also said since data presented in the paper is limited to one city, generalized inferences should not be drawn from the paper.

The bottled water industry has faced allegations of the presence of toxins in the past as well. Ramesh Chauhan, chairman of Bisleri International, said, “Is the problem with the packing or water? If it’s the latter, then it’s the city water that is bad. There have been no objections with bottles.” He said the city’s piped drinking water contains chlorine which is harmful. “We don’t allow chlorine in our process, but we do use ozone for disinfection,” he added.

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‘Honey sold in domestic market not pure and contains sugar-mixed ingredients’

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NASHIK: B L Sarswat, the executive director of the National Bee Board, was in the city recently to organise a seminar on Awareness, motivation, and technology transfer for development of beekeeping in Maharashtra. The National Bee Board is a part of the department of agriculture and cooperation, Government of India.

Addressing the gathering, Sarswat said, "There is a need to promote beekeeping in the country. The honey sold in domestic markets today is not pure and contains sugar-mixed ingredients. Exported honey is the only pure form available as it is tested as per parameters set by the importing countries. Even honey sold by leading companies contains only 10% total honey, while honey sold by a well-known trust run by a yoga guru contains only 1% honey."

Speaking to TOI, he said, "We don’t have a lab in the country to test honey. We had requested the government to provide us with one, but it could not work out. Now, we are preparing a fresh proposal to set up a testing laboratory for honey, which will be submitted once more to the ministry of agriculture for approval. The testing lab is estimated to cost Rs 25 crore. It is also shocking that the country don’t have a lab to test honey.

He further said, "The honey production in the country is 75,000 metric tonnes, of which 35,000 metric tonnes of honey is exported. Today, the country needs 2,000 lakh colonies of beekeeping, but we have have only 18 lakh colonies for beekeeping. It will take 10 to 15 years if we decide to meet this target and it will generate employment for around 2.15 crore people. But we need an investment of Rs 800 to 1,000 crore every five years. We will soon approach the government to allot funds to the NBB for this purpose."

A spokesperson from one of the leading honey manufacturers in the country said, "It is the Food Safety Standard Authority of India that makes regulations for honey. These regulations are stringent as compared to that in foreign countries. Moreover, the Consumer Voice, which is a body under the ministry of consumers, Government of India, in a report published this month stated our company’s honey as superior."

Chandrakant Pawar the joint commissioner (Nashik division) of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), said, "We monitor quality of food items as prescribed under the Food Safety Standard Act. There have been strict standards for food items sold in the market. So, I don’t think that honey sold by these companies in the domestic market is impure. However, we will collect samples from the market and send them to the laboratory for testing to verify the truth."

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‘Food Ripened Unnaturally With Carbide Can Be Carcinogenic’

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Q: What are the challenges before the food safety department?

A: For starters, we need more manpower. We also need a state-of-the-art laboratory where food samples can be tested. The Kamrup (Metro) district is the first in the state to take up the initiative of checking the unnatural way of ripening fruits like bananas.

Q: As the district nodal officer of the tobacco control cell, what obstacles are you facing?

A: Law cannot ban cigarettes and ‘gutkha’, but it can control their sale and distribution. Another challenge is the ban on the sale of tobacco products in the vicinity of educational institutions. The problem is, most of the educational institutions are located in thickly-populated areas, and some of the shops have been there for years. This is an aspect that needs to be looked into carefully. Fighting the tobacco lobby is itself a big challenge.

Q: What are the current projects that you are working on?

A: The state government wants us to work on adulterated mustard and drum oil. I also want to look into adulterated milk. About 26 restaurants and hotels have been served improvement notices as they were serving substandard cottage cheese (paneer), substandard spices and using low quality mawa for sweets and desserts.

Q: How effective have been the raids?

A: We can say we have been able to control about 60% cases of premature ripening of fruits like bananas. We need to keep a close watch and monitor illegal traders. Restaurants and faulty bottling plants have been served with improvement notices.

Q: How dangerous is the consumption of artificially-ripened bananas, unsafe bottled water and other adulterated food products?

A: Carbide-ripened bananas can lead to cancerous development as the products used are carcinogenic in nature. Regular consumption can lead to stomach and other problems. As for packaged drinking water, samples have showed the presence of metal and bacteria.

Q: How can you identify an artificially-ripened banana?

A: They glow and have a uniform hue. They look very, very bright and tempting. If an artificially-ripened banana and a naturally-ripened banana are placed on a platter, we can easily identify the bad one. But vendors take full advantage of people’s ignorance and take them for a ride.

Q: For how long has this illegal business been going on?

A: The illegal business has been on for quite some time. There are some traders who are coming from outside to do trade here.

A few have been booked and cases have been registered against them. The district administration asked us to conduct special drives against such traders. On the basis of information provided, we caught traders indulging in this unlawful act.

A week ago, we conducted a raid at a godown at Hangarabari Road, Ganashguri. We collected a sample of calcium carbide used for ripening. We seized bananas worth approximately Rs 25,000 that were being ripened using the chemical.

The produce was destroyed in the dumping ground of GMC at Gorchuk. The raid was conducted along with Tarun Das, senior food safety officer, and was led by L R Nampui, designated officer of Kamrup (Metro) district.

Q: Besides bananas, the department was also responsible for stalling production of a so-called safe packaged drinking water…

A: It all began with a survey of six facilities in the city responsible for providing safe drinking water. We found six brands flouting norms and their samples were sent to laboratories.

Harmful content was found in the water and, based on the findings, the factories were closed. The water was found unfit for drinking. Most of these brands are quite popular in the market.

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