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FSSAI asks states to step up surveillance for safety of oil, milk, water

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Y S Malik, CEO, FSSAI, has stressed upon safety of commodities such as oil, milk and water, and called upon states and Union territories to step up surveillance activities in this regard.
According to the minutes of the 13th CAC (Central Advisory Committee) meeting, held in January released by FSSAI recently, the CEO shared the details of discussions held by Standing Committee of Parliament for Consumer Affairs and its serious concerns about wide-spread incidence of milk adulteration and steps required to effectively address the menace.
He added that milk, water and edible oils were three ‘big ticket items’ which were consumed by almost all sections of consumers and the need for increased surveillance of the safety of these items across all states-UTs in the country.
It was observed that special attention should be given to foods which were consumed in large quantities by large segments of the population and those who were at greater risk through sub-standard or adulterated food.
Also raised in the meeting was the issue of infrastructure, which the authority wanted to be improved for better implementation of FSS Act. The authority urged the states to improve infrastructure, so that the Act could be implemented in its true spirit. Also suggestions were made for establishment of an inter-state co-operation mechanism to sort out many differences.
It was informed that the revised agenda for funds would be forwarded to Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, and that efforts will be made to ensure that there will be a budget provision of Rs 900 crore for a period of three years. In this scheme, states- UTs would have a 25% sharing and for special category states, this sharing would be 10% from the states.
With respect to a query from West Bengal, on the need for handholding for laboratory upgrade, CEO FSSAI informed that states would have the complete flexibility for upgrading and establishing laboratory infrastructure. He agreed to share various business models and any other related literature in this behalf with the respective states, leaving it to the states to opt for any model. As regards handholding, the CEO advised that the respective states may like to consult expert resources in NABL-accredited laboratories recognised by FSSAI, whose details were posted on the FSSAI website and the states were free to take their support in their initiatives.
Officials present also raised issue of availability of healthy food for children under the mid-day meal scheme. FSSAI appreciated the initiative and requested all states-UTs to give special preference to safety of food served under the mid-day meal scheme. CEO, FSSAI, appreciated the work done in states of Kerala and Goa for the mid-day meal scheme. While discussing the said agenda, it was suggested that a special category of mid-day meal caterers may be incorporated in the online FLRS system
Enforcement of FSS Act, 2006The CEO has suggested that in case of appellate tribunals, if the availability of a serving judge was becoming difficult, the states-UTs may consider utilising the services of retired judicial officers of the rank of district & sessions judges so that the adjudication process could progress without any hindrance.
Further, according to the minutes of the CAC meeting, the CEO suggested that in order to review the various issues related to licensing and registration including FLRS, a committee may be constituted with FSCs of Goa, Delhi, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu as its members. The suggestion was agreed and approved.
The CEO pointed out that states/UTs may utilise the services of the Common Service Centres for applying for online submission of applications for licensing and registration on payment of the prescribed service fees by the respective states for such CSCs. In this regard, he cited the example of ‘me Seva’ service in Andhra Pradesh. He mentioned that the licensees in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh were being allowed to use existing labels with the present licence number until December 31, 2015, as per an order No. 1(85)/Telangana/ 2014/FSSAI dated January 7, 2015. The same shall be applicable as a Standing Order for all future cases wherever geographical jurisdictions undergo a change either state-wise or district-wise by Government Order or by Court Order, up to December 31 of that year subject to a minimum of 180 days.
Responding to a query related to extension of date for conversion of existing licences/ registrations, Malik clarified that the date extension was only applicable for the conversion of existing licences/registrations under various other food related Orders/Acts to the new licences/registrations under the FSS Act, 2006. He stated that this did not prevent the states/UTs to take action against the offenders for violation of various clauses of the Act.
Meanwhile, CEO, FSSAI, pointed out that licences were still being issued under PFA Act, 1954, in West Bengal and requested the food safety commissioner, West Bengal, to review the matter as soon as possible.
On the issue of slaughter houses, the meeting deliberated on the deplorable conditions of slaughter houses and the unethical practices followed in this sector. It was mentioned that there were reports of illegal slaughter activities in several states. The members opined that licensing of slaughter houses may be taken care of by FSSAI and state governments as per the current regulations, but the enforcement of the rules and correct practices should be checked by the local urban bodies. It was noted that there would have to be a coordinated approach in each state for smooth operationalisation of the slaughter houses.
It was decided to constitute a committee comprising FSCs from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir to work on a set of good business and regulatory practices on the subject to be followed by all concerned.
Harmonisation of Indian Standards with Codex, International Best PracticesThe Advisor, FSSAI, briefed the meeting about the overall work done in the direction of harmonisation of standards with Codex. He informed that the work on safety standards part was almost completed and, in some cases, notification work had also started. He shared that about 11,000 standards were proposed to be placed before the Food Authority. He informed members that the whole process may take 6-8 months’ time for completion. He mentioned that the states-UTs may gear up for different kinds of new standards. The states-UTs will be intimated as soon as the process of harmonisation is completed. He stated that comments shall be invited once the draft standards were notified in the Official Gazette. He informed the CAC that the standards for alcohol and alcoholic beverages, once finalised, shall be intimated to all states/UTs so that they may suitably advise the excise departments in their states/UTs.
Sale of unlabelled packaged drinking waterThe CEO requested all food safety commissioners to create awareness among consumers regarding the standards and labelling requirements for packaged drinking water. He requested them to increase surveillance activities for the same. The issue of size of sample to be drawn for testing of water would be discussed at FSSAI and decision communicated to all states-UTs as soon as possible. The CEO suggested that the issuance of improvement notices to FBOs for non-adherence to the FSS Act 2006, Rules & Regulations, 2011, should be increasingly practised to give greater credibility to the Act.
The issue of licensing/registration of street food vendors was also discussed. The CEO suggested that states/ UTs, in coordination with local urban bodies, may demarcate identified sites for street food vendors and develop basic amenities like water supply, sewage connetions and garbage disposal units for them. He called upon all states/ UTs to create at least two/three such spots on pilot basis so as to have a demonstration effect. He suggested that the states/UTs may organise short training programmes for the street food vendors for about 1-2 hours so that their trade is not affected.

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Food authority justifies ban on Maggi in court

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MUMBAI: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on Saturday justified its June 5 ban on Nestle India’s 2-minute Maggi noodles in a strongly-worded, 60-page affidavit that questioned the company’s safety claims.

The FSSAI filed its reply in the Bombay high court to Nestle India’s challenge to the ban. The authority said the "present situation has arisen only because the petitioner company has visibly failed to adhere to its own declared policy and principles."

The FSSAI said barring the fact that the company has been manufacturing and selling Maggi for the last 30 years, its other claims of having in place "strict food safety and quality control at all Maggi factories…" is "incorrect".

The authority then added, "If for the sake of argument it is presumed that all the safety claims regarding its manufacturing activities and processes are true, then the widespread presence of lead, a known poison, in its products can only be presumed to be intentional. It is impossible that such high levels of lead can escape the scrutiny of a reasonably well-equipped laboratory," the authority said.

The high court bench, headed by Justice V M Kanade, will on June 30 again hear Nestle’s challenge to the ban which it had not stayed at the first hearing on June 12.

Nestle had challenged orders of the FSSAI and the Maharashtra Commissioner of Food Safety instantly banning sale of Maggi instant noodles after tests by the government laboratories on samples taken across cities showed lead content beyond the permissible limit of 2.5 part per million (ppm) in India’s popular snack.

The company had said its own tests found the noodles safe to eat, but had assured the HC that it would withdraw the packets from store racks in compliance with the order. Nestle said the ban was "unauthorised, arbitrary, unconstitutional for violating right to equality and trade" and had violated principles of natural justice since it was not allowed a proper hearing.

The FSSAI denied all these contentions and said the company was given a hearing and that the showcause notice was issued only for Nestle to show why its products, which are non-standardised and require government approvals in law, ought to be approved for the future.

"The fact that the petitioners have refrained from filing a chart summary test reports and results conducted on Maggi since October 2014 can only create suspicion," said FSSAI.The FSSAI CEO passed the order against Maggi in larger public interest of consumers and the duty cast by law "to ensure wholesomeness of food in India.” It also said that the state ban was passed "independent of the FSSAI order” after "full application of mind”.

The authority said that since Nestle India had agreed to remove the "no added MSG” label, "raising this issue again in court only goes to show that it does not intend to stick to its stand”

The FSSAI said the Food Safety Standards Act of 2006 give it ample power to act against a food product found unsafe after tests across the country gave "overwhelming evidence of product being unsafe.” While Delhi, Tamil Nadu and other stated returned with samples testing positive for more lead, the fact that some samples were found as compliant only goes to show the credibility of the labs functioning in a neutral and appropriate manner, said FSSAI.

The FSSAI, affidavit which gave a para wise reply to all of Nestle’s 84-para petition, said that Nestle’s claim of its private lab tests proving safety of maggi, can be legally challenged only through a suit and not in a writ petition, in any case.

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மேகியைத் தொடர்ந்து இந்திய சந்தையிலிருந்து வெளியேறும் டாப் ரமன் நூடுல்ஸ்

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டாப் ரமன் நூடுல்ஸ் பாக்கெட்டுகளை இந்திய சந்தையிலிருந்து வெளியேற்றுவது குறித்து மத்திய அரசின் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் தர நிர்ணய ஆணையம்(FSSAI) அறிவுருத்தியதையடுத்து இந்தோ நிசின் புட்ஸ் நிறுவனம் தனது தயாரிப்பான டாப் ரமன் இன்ஸ்டண்ட் நூடுல்சை திரும்ப பெறுவதாக உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது.
நாட்டையே உலுக்கிய மேகி சர்ச்சையை அடுத்து ஐடிசியின் ’சன்பீஸ்ட்’, இந்தோ நிசானின், ’டாப் ரமன்’, ருச்சி நிறுவனத்தின் ’கோகா நூடுல்ஸ்’, சிஜி புட்ஸ் இந்தியா நிறுவனத்தின் ’வாய் வாய் புஜியா’, க்லாக்சோ ஸ்மித் க்லைன்(GSK) கன்சூமர் ஹெல்த்கேர் நிறுவனத்தின் ’பூடுல்ஸ்’, ஏஏ நியூட்ரிசியன் நிறுவனத்தின் ’யம்மி’ என்று அனைத்து உடனடி நூடுல்ஸ், பாஸ்தா, மக்ரோனி பாக்கெட்டுகளை மத்திய அரசின் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் தர நிர்ணய ஆணையம் சோதனை செய்தது.
இந்நிலையில், இந்தோ புட்ஸ் நிறுவனத்தின் உரிமையாளர் கவுதம் சர்மா இதுகுறித்து கூறுகையில், “டாப் ரமன் தயாரிப்புகளுக்கான அங்கீகாரம் நிலுவையில் இருந்த போதே மத்திய அரசின் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் தர நிர்ணய ஆணையம் எங்களிடம் சில விளக்கங்கள் கேட்டிருந்தது. மேலும் அங்கீகாரம் வழங்கும் வரை டாப் ரமன் தயாரிப்புகளை ரத்து செய்ய வேண்டும் என்றும் கேட்டுக் கொண்டது. சில வாரங்களுக்கு முன்பாக பல மாநிலங்களில் நடந்த பரிசோதனையில் 2 இடத்தில் மட்டும் ருசியைக் கூட்டுவதற்காக சேர்க்கப்படும் பொருளில்  உணவு ஆணையத்தின் நிர்ணயிக்கப்பட்ட அளவைவிட அதிகளவில் பிபிஎம் எனப்படும் மூலப்பொருள் இருந்தது தெரிய வந்தது.” என்றார்.
மேகி சர்ச்சையை அடுத்து, ஹிந்துஸ்தான் யுனிலீவர் நிறுவனமும் தனது தயாரிப்பான நார் நூடுல்சை திரும்பபெற்றது குறிப்பிடத்தக்கது. 

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Bombay High Court allows Nestle India to export Maggi noodles

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In a relief to Nestle India, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed the company to export Maggi noodles.However, the ban on sales within the country remains.

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday allowed Nestle India to export Magginoodles after Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said it had no objection to the company selling the product abroad though it stood by its decision to ban nine variants of the food snack in the country for being hazardous to public health.

"Why blame us…If the company claims that its product is safe and follows the safety standards then let them export it instead of destroying," FSSAI counsel Mahmood Pracha argued before a bench of Justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawala.

The court was hearing a petition filed by Nestle India challenging the impugned order of June 5 passed by FSSAI banning nine variants of the popular instant food snack. It had also questioned a similar order by the Maharashtra government prohibiting the sale of the same products on the ground that they were unsafe and harmful for the health of people.

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செஞ்சியில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் சோதனை

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