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Categories: Ariyalur, DISTRICT-NEWS

உணவு பாதுகாப்பு:அதிகாரி ஆய்வு

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பரங்கிப்பேட்டை:பரங்கிப்பேட்டை பகுதியில் உள்ள கடைகள் மற்றும் இறைச்சி கடைகளில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ஆய்வு செய்தார்.பரங்கிப்பேட்டை சின்னக்கடை தெருவில் உள்ள இறச்சி கடைகள், ஓட்டல்கள் மற்றும் கடைகளில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ராஜா ஆய்வு செய்தார். அப்போது காலாவதியான குளிர்பானங்கள், உணவு பொருட்கள், மாவு மற்றும் தடை செய்யப்பட்ட நூடுல்ஸ் விற்கக்கூடாது என வியாபாரிகளை எச்சரிக்கை செய்தனர். மேலும் நோய் இல்லாத ஆடு, கோழிகளை சுகாதாரமாக விற்பனை செய்ய அறிவுருத்தினார். வட்டார உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ஏழுமலை உடனிருந்தார்.

Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS

செரலாக் மாவு பாக்கெட்டில் புழுக்கள், வண்டுகள்: உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிகாரிகளிடம் என்ஜினீயர் புகார்

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செரலாக் மாவு பாக்கெட்டில் புழுக்கள், வண்டுகள்: உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிகாரிகளிடம் என்ஜினீயர் புகார்

கோவை, ஜூன்.16–

மேகி நூடுல்ஸ்க்கு தடை ஏற்படுத்திய பரபரப்பு அடங்குதவற்குள் கோவையில் குழந்தைகளுக்கான மாவு பாக்கெட்டில் புழுக்கள் மற்றும் வண்டுகள் இருப்பதாக புகார் எழுந்துள்ளது. இதுபற்றிய விவரம் வருமாறு:–

கோவை செல்வபுரத்தை சேர்ந்தவர் ஸ்ரீராம்(வயது 28). சாப்ட்வேர் என்ஜினீயர். இவர் சாய்பாபா காலனியில் உள்ள ஒரு நிறுவனத்தில் பணியாற்றி வருகிறார். இவரது மனைவி பிரீத்தி. இவர்களுக்கு 1 வயதில் மகன் உள்ளார்.

ஸ்ரீராம் கடந்த 2 நாட்களுக்கு முன்பு கோவை பேரூர் பகுதியில் உள்ள ஒரு மருந்து கடையில் குழந்தைக்கு கொடுப்பதற்காக செரலாக் மாவு பாக்கெட் வாங்கினார். நேற்று மதியம் பிரீத்தி அந்த மாவு பாக்கெட்டை பிரித்த போது அதில் இருந்து பூச்சி பறந்துள்ளது.

இதனால் அதிர்ச்சியடைந்த அவர் வேலைக்கு சென்றிருந்த கணவரிடம் போனில் தகவல் கூறினார். அவர் மாவு பாக்கெட்டை பயன்படுத்தாமல் மூடி வைத்து விடு, நான் வேலை முடிந்து வந்ததும் பார்த்துக் கொள்ளலாம் என கூறினார்.

இரவு வேலை முடிந்து வீட்டுக்கு திரும்பிய ஸ்ரீராம் செரலாக் மாவு பாக்கெட்டை பிரித்த போது அதில் வண்டுகள் மற்றும் பூஞ்சான் இருந்துள்ளது. இதனால் அதிர்ச்சியடைந்த அவர் மாவு பாக்கெட்டில் குறிப்பிட்டிருந்த நிறுவனத்தின் இலவச புகார் மைய எண்ணை தொடர்பு கொண்டார். ஆனால் அதில் பேசியவர்கள் ஸ்ரீராம் புகாரை கண்டுகொள்ளவில்லை.

இதுபற்றி ஸ்ரீராம் இன்று கோவை உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் கதிரவன் மற்றும் சுகாதாரத்துறை அதிகாரிகளிடம் புகார் அளித்தார். அதன்பேரில் அதிகாரிகள் விசாரணை நடத்தி வருகின்றனர். சம்பந்தப்பட்ட மருந்து கடையில் காலாவதியான மாவு பாக்கெட்டுகள் விற்கப்படுகிறதா? என்றும் அதிகாரிகள் விசாரித்து வருகின்றனர்.

Categories: Coimbatore, DISTRICT-NEWS

10,000 trucks, 6 cement plants to destroy 27,000 tonnes of Maggi

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It will take at least 40 days to destroy Nestle’s available stock of the ‘two-minute noodles’

Nestle is conducting a recall of its Maggi noodles after a few states banned it over the alleged presence of monosodium glutamate (MSG) and high levels of lead.

Sampla (Haryana): More than 27,000 tonnes of noodles, recalled from 3.5 million retail outlets, with 10,000 trucks transporting them for incineration. Those are the kinds of mind-boggling figures NestleIndia is looking at, 10 days from the launch of its drive to recall and destroy Maggi noodles—a task that will need the help of an army of workers.

It will take at least 40 days to destroy Nestle’s available stock of the ‘two-minute noodles’.

The mandate for about 1,600 people directly engaged with Nestle India’s sales has changed in the aftermath of the controversy over Maggi instant noodles—ordered withdrawn over the alleged presence of monosodium glutamate and high levels of lead.

Starting 5 June, these people no longer drive sales. Rather, they have been working to ensure that the Swiss food company completes the process of recalling Maggi noodles from all its distributors and retailers—if not all packets of the popular snack, as much as is possible.

Apart from its own sales force, there are about 12,000 people associated with Nestle’s distributor network engaged in the ongoing recall of Maggi noodles.

In one of the largest recalls in Nestle’s history, the Swiss multinational’s Indian entity, which has been in business for more than 100 years, is in the process of recalling 27,420 tonnes of Maggi noodles, according to the company’s latest estimates.

Nestle India estimates that it would be destroying Maggi noodles worth `320 crore, after the food safety regulator’s 5 June order to recall the product from the market.

Of the 27,420 tonnes, about 1,422 tonnes were at Nestle India’s five factories, which have now stopped producing Maggi noodles; about 8,975 tonnes were in its 38 distribution centres; about 7,000 tonnes were with distributors; and about 10,020 tonnes with retailers that Nestle could track.

That makes for about four million cartons, consisting of 96 units of 70g packs, that need to be recalled from 1,400 distributors that connect over 3.5 million retails outlets across the country. Of these, just about 1.5 million retail outlets are under the direct control of Nestle India.

“The entire recall process is huge and complex,” Luca Fichera, executive vice-president (supply chain), Nestle India, said in Sampla, a major distribution hub for the company.

And to recall these Maggi noodles off the shelves of outlets, Nestle will need around 10,000 trucks, according to the company’s estimates.

As part of the exercise, Nestle India is using more than 50% of the space across all its 38 distribution centres in India just to stock the recalled Maggi noodles before they are re-packed and sent for incineration at select cement plants.

“We don’t have enough space available to keep all. We have already taken 12 storage spaces additionally to keep the recalled noodles,” said Ashish Pande, head of supply chain operations (India), Nestle India.

The task is complex and enormous. Between 9 and 13 June, Nestle India had managed to destroy just 169 tonnes of Maggi noodles—at three cement plants, where the noodles are crushed and then mixed with fuel and burnt in incinerators. The process, said Fichera, is approved by the Indian government and has minimum possible impact on the environment. Nestle will engage five to six such cement plants to destroy the recalled noodles.

“Once in full swing, all five or six cement plans together will be able to destroy about 700 tonnes of noodles every day,” added Fichera.

“It will take minimum 40 days just to destroy these noodles. However, 27,420 tonnes is our estimate. There may be more that could also be recalled which will take much more time. Our estimate is till the distributors’ and retailers’ level, not till the consumers’ level,” he adds.

Nestle India had, till 13 June, recalled 5,635 tonnes of Maggi noodles which now are either stocked at its distribution centres or in transit to the cement plans for incineration. Additionally, about 5,848 tonnes of Maggi noodles have been recalled from the market and are stuck with the distributors.

“The estimated sales value of the stock in the market, including that with its trade partners, is around `210 crore,” Nestle India said in a statement to the BSE on Monday. In addition, Maggi noodles and related material at Nestle India’s factories and distribution centres are estimated to be worth `110 crore. The company said these are broad estimates as it is impossible to calculate the final figure while the withdrawal is taking place.

About 40% of the Maggi noodles currently in the market is not under the control of Nestle India. “We don’t know when they would come back to us,” says Pande.

To manage the recall process efficiently, Nestle India has been hiring about 30-40% additional daily workers at each of its 38 distribution centres, and work is going on in two 8-hour shifts daily. Normally, they work single shifts.

Retailers are being paid in cash or by credit, as per their preferences, said Fichera.

As Nestle India has stopped production in all five Maggi factories, all of the regular workers at these factories have stopped active work. “Some have been engaged in other works, some in the recall process, and some are sitting at home,” said Fichera, adding, “It’s a paid holiday for them.”

But the contract workers whom Nestle India hires on a daily basis will not be required at its factories for some more days until the ongoing recall of Maggi noodles is over.

According to Fichera, the costs involved would be much higher than the estimated `320 crore that the company has disclosed. “That’s just the cost of the material. There are costs for logistics, packaging, transport, handling and storage. And, Nestle India is also paying the cement plants for destruction of the noodles. Overall, it’s a huge complex exercise which we have never done before at Nestle India.”

Abneesh Roy, associate director (institutional equities research), Edelweiss Securities Ltd, said, “Nestle India will recognize the estimated loss as an exceptional loss in its profit and loss account for calendar year 2015. In relation to the `210 crore which has been sold, the sales value will be taken as sales return and inventory will need to be destroyed. Overall the total impact will be of `320 crore on profit before tax. This is 18% of the profit before tax of CY14 (calendar year). The likely impact is expected to come in Q2CY15/Q3CY15. Additional to this, there will be additional expenses relating to transportation, destruction etc which will further impact profitability.”

Meanwhile, the Australian government’s department of agriculture has issued a “holding order” against Maggi, news agency PTI said. This would apply to all Maggi noodles imported to Australia from India, the department said on 11 June.

“Under the holding order, each consignment will be held in a place to be approved by an authorized officer until it has been inspected, or inspected and analysed, in accordance with the applicable requirements of the Imported Food Inspection Scheme,” it said.

Maggi has also come on the radar of the US Food and Drug Administration, which has taken samples of the instant noodles brand for testing.

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The Truth About Chocolates: Why do Some Bars Melt and Some Don’t?

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The Truth About Chocolates: Why do Some Bars Melt and Some Don’t?

It is not without reason that chocolate was referred to as the food of the Gods by ancient Mesoamericans. With its deep luxurious hue, velvety-smooth texture, spellbinding aroma and irresistible flavour, it has seduced one and all who have dared to partake in its divine offerings. It is incredible how with even a smallest bite, it can make you forget the world for those brief seconds as you give into complete indulgence. Well, at least that is what it does to me every time I bite into my precious and carefully guarded bar of dark chocolate with above 80 percent cacao. But truth be told, not everyone is accustomed to such an intense flavour. It is an acquired taste, which I have developed over the years with complete devotion to chocolates.

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Growing up, for most of us milk chocolates were the ultimate definition of a treat. It always brought immense joy to tear open the purple packaging and unwrap the golden foil to finally savour the content. The easy-to-divide, multi-cubed chocolate bars were synonymous to a pat on the back for a job well done or being pampered by visiting relatives. One of my favourite ways to eating the bar was to let it melt a little in the sun and then go all in with my fingers. The luscious molten chocolate with its creamy feel made for the most cherished guilty pleasure.

As more people read food labels closely, ingredients vanish

That was then. Now let’s shift focus to other popular chocolate treats that most children so lovingly look forward to and relish with all their hearts. Wafer-based chocolates in varied flavours, nuts and caramel bars, and nougat treats, there are just no end to the options that are available in the market these days. It takes less than a 10 rupee note to buy happiness, so that ought to be good news right? But have you ever wondered, how a sacred ingredient that was compared to the Gods by the ancient folks and valued so dearly, is now as common as salt. Latest stats however reveal that the cultivation of cocoa beans from which chocolates are made is facing major challenges as the demand for it is much higher that what is produced each year. So if that is true, then the question really is how are the supermarket shelves still packed with what seems like limitless supply of chocolates?

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The Molten Decadence

What makes chocolate so special besides its flavour and aroma is its creamy texture. This exceptional quality is brought about by what is known as cacao butter or theobroma oil. The chocolate making process is extremely labourious although it bears very sweet results. The cacao beans go through a series of techniques like fermentation, dry roasting, cold-pressing, etc. to finally separate the precious cacao butter from the mass. It is this pale-yellow cacao butter which is then used to make the chocolate bars that we are so accustomed to.

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Cacao butter has high natural saturated fats and is very stable at room temperature. But with a little extra heat it loses its strength and acquires a molten, thick cream-like texture. This unique property is also the reason why as soon as you put a chocolate cube in your mouth it starts melting immediately, hence the phrase, “melts in the mouth”.

It is this very nature of cacao butter that had garnered my love for chocolates. Something about its rich velvety feel that makes it so hard to resist. So imagine my plight when I recently brought home some wafer-based chocolates and despite the packs lying out on a shelf in Delhi’s fearsome summer, none of them showed signs of the molten decadence that is characteristic of true chocolates. So what are we really eating?

The Other Kind of Cacao Butter

It is rightly said that along with fame comes many evil things. Chocolate’s rise to popularity did bring happiness to millions but it also led to a dark practise of adulterating the primary ingredient. This is not an uncommon phenomenon in the food industry. We have seen many fall prey to it – milk, cream, cheese, oils, liquors, etc.

Since cacao butter is an expansive commodity, many manufacturers of chocolates replace it with other types of fats such as vegetable oils – coconut, palm, rapeseed, soybean, etc. If you read through the label on some of the cheaply priced chocolate wrappers, chances are you may come across this ingredient – hydrogenated vegetable oils. Not only do they fail to match up to the luxurious taste and aroma of real chocolate, they are terribly harmful for health and probably the most dangerous of all kinds.

Vegetable oils are liquid at room temperature, so the process of hydrogenation is employed to make them attain a solid state or a firmer texture. Doing so also increases the shelf-life of the chocolates but on the flipside, it converts them into saturated fats or trans fats (on partial hydrogenation), which need no introduction. Take into account some of the most fearful diseases of all time (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, etc.) and they will trace back to these two as the culprits. So come to think of it, what we are actually feeding ourselves and our children are disease causing fats and sugars, which are sheepishly planning our own deaths.

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Read Between the Lines

I must confess that it is only recently that I have started paying more attention to reading food labels before buying the products. I am certain that there are many who give no importance to reading the labels and believe, everything that is made available on the supermarket shelves must be good for health.

Now you may argue that if most chocolates today contain hydrogenated vegetable oils, which we all say is harmful for health, then why are these products open for purchase by the authorities? Well, they are allowed on the condition that all the ingredients must be clearly mentioned on the label so that the consumers can make their own choices. It is said that in the US, a product can be called chocolate only if it contains 100% cacao butter.

Did you know that almost all chocolates in India that contain hydrogenated vegetable oils do not have the word ‘chocolate’ mentioned anywhere on the wrapper? In other words, it may just mean that the brands are making no claims that their products are true chocolates.

Sadly, as a general consumer, we often fail to read between the lines and go by anything that smart marketing campaigns throw our way. We believe that all sweet products that resemble chocolates and are packaged in attractive wrappers must be as good as they say they are. If only good prevailed in this world!

We bring you a round-up of some of the top brands in the Indian market with their popular ‘chocolate’ products and what the labels have to say. Now, the choice is really yours.

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Categories: NEWS

ITC to remove "no added MSG" disclaimer from ‘Yippee’ noodles

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Diversified business conglomerate ITC would remove the disclaimer "no added MSG" from packets of its instant noodles sold under Sunfeast Yippee brand following recent directions by the central food safety regulator FSSAI.

According to the company, under the Food Safety Standards Act, if a manufacturer adds MSG (Monosodium glutamate) in its product, then only the quantum of MSG has to be declared.

Moreover, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), in connection with noodles of another brand, had held that such statement of having no MSG was "inappropriate", ITC said in a statement.

"Therefore, ITC is voluntarily taking steps to remove the phrase ‘no added MSG’ from its labels in its new batches of packaging and consumers should ignore this on the current packaging. ITC would like to once again assure consumers that MSG is not added to Sunfeast YiPPee! Noodles," ITC said.

It added: "In recent weeks, there has been some confusion about the manner of declaration of MSG in packaged food items".

"Under the FSS Act, if a manufacturer adds MSG to the product, the quantum of MSG so added needs to be declared.

Since no MSG is added in Yippee noodles, the packages carried a statement to that effect, i.e., "contains no added MSG," it added.

On June 8, ITC had said that it was conducting more tests on its products at accredited labs across India over and above internal tests to reassure its customers over safety in the wake of Maggi issue.

Categories: NEWS

Remains of Frog and Lizard Alleged to be Found in Wheat Flour

16,June, 2015 1 comment
 

A customer has alleged that remains of a frog and a lizard were found in a popular brand wheat flour packet following which the company flatly denied any possibility of presence of any such things in its product. However, taking a serious note of the matter, the district administration initiated a probe by collecting samples of the same batch of flour from the shop where the customer had purchased it and sent these to the Bhopal-based State Food Testing Laboratory, Food Security Officer J S Rana said.

"Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar, a resident of HIG Colony, purchased a packed wheat flour from a local grocery shop and we have collected samples of the same batch from there. On the basis of a lab report, further action will be taken," he said. In his complaint, Tomar said that he had purchased two bags of Silver Coin brand wheat flour of five kilograms each.

After consuming the first packet, they opened the second packet and was shocked to see parts of a frog and a lizard in it. He said that he would file a complaint with a consumer forum against the company. Indore-based Sanghvi Group manufactures the Silver Coin brand of wheat flour.

"Our plant is fully automatic and therefore, it is not possible for remains of frog or lizard to be found inside the packed product," said company’s General Manager of Operations Prasanna Sharma.

The complainant has not even been filed with the company’s customer care cell, he added.

Categories: NEWS

Detergent in Mother Dairy Milk? Company Refutes Allegation

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Two samples of milk produced by Mother Dairy have been found to be substandard, and one of them contained detergent, a food watchdog official noted. A Mother Dairy official denied the charges, saying the company conducts "stringent quality tests", and the substandard milk was wrongly attributed to it.

Ram Naresh Yadav, chief of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department in Agra, said two samples were taken from Mother Dairy’s collection centres in Bah tehsil, 70 km from Agra city, in November 2014.

"The samples were sent to the Lucknow laboratory which declared both of them substandard. The company challenged the results and demanded the samples be sent to the Kolkata lab, which too found them defective. In fact, the Kolkata lab found one sample contained detergent," Yadav told IANS. However, a Mother Dairy official denied the allegations.

"It is very unfortunate that the samples collected at the village level are being wrongly attributed to Mother Dairy," said Sandeep Ghosh, business head for milk at Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Pvt. Ltd.

"We would like to clarify that at Mother Dairy, milk undergoes four levels of thorough testing at input, processing, dispatch level and even at market level. Every the milk tankers that reach our plants pass a series of 23 stringent quality tests to check of any deviation from defined parameters.

"These tests assist in detecting contamination of milk through water, urea, detergent, oil, etc. For any such adulteration, the milk is immediately rejected from further processing. Only after securing clearance from all quality measures, the milk is then accepted for processing and re-examined after processing," Ghosh said.

The Mother Dairy official said that as a "responsible organisation", they follow "100 percent testing protocol rather than resorting to random testing procedures".

"To ensure only best and safe quality milk for our consumers, we make sure that every batch of milk is again tested before dispatch." He also said Mother Dairy follows a "unique practice" of testing its own milk at retail points too.

Around 100 samples from the market are tested on a daily basis, thus ensuring that the products available are safe for consumption, Ghosh said. The spokesperson said supplies were often rejected by the company if found to be substandard.

"The rejections are due to quality concerns and may vary. We rejected 10 milk tankers in December 2014. The rejected milk is not permitted inside our premises and returned back to the suppliers," the official said.

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