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FSSAI issues draft FSSR on health supplements, nutraceuticals, novel foods

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Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued draft Food Safety and Standards Regulations for Food or Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Foods for Special Dietary Uses, Foods for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Foods, and Novel Foods.
These regulations have defined such food on essential composition, labelling, usage of additives, contaminants and toxins, besides claims on health and nutritional values. The regulations further ask every such package of food or health supplements to carry the words ‘food or health supplement’ and the term ‘not for medicinal use’prominently on the label.
This will ensure that the manufacturers cannot sell such products as medicines.
The regulations shall be taken into consideration after the expiry of a period of 60 days from the date of publishing in the official gazette and by that time the companies could present their views to the food regulator.
According to FSSAI, the regulations shall come into force with effect from the ensuing January 1 or July 1 of the year, as the case may be, subject to a minimum of 180 days from the date of final notification of these regulations in the Official Gazette.
However, industry insiders say that these regulations should not carry labelling norms with them and instead there should be  separate labelling norms or regulations. “Such ruling by FSSAI will make things complicated, as the FBOs have to go through different regulations for different food category while the FSSAI will also find it difficult to do amendment if need arises in future,” stated one industry representative.
Draft regulations, general conditions for manufacture and sale of foods
(1) No person shall manufacture, pack, sell, offer for sale, market or otherwise distribute or import any food products referred to in these regulations unless they comply with the requirements laid down under these regulations.
(2) The formulation of the foods shall be based on sound medical or nutritional principles and supported by validated scientific data, wherever required.
(3) No hormones or steroids or psychotropic ingredients shall be added in these foods.
(4) The labels shall clearly mention the purpose, the target consumer group and the physiological or disease conditions which they address, apart from the specific labelling requirements as mentioned against each type of food.
(5)The labels, accompanying leaflets /or other labelling and advertising of all types of foods, referred to in these regulations shall provide sufficient information on the nature and purpose of the food as well as detailed instructions and precautions for their use and the format of information given shall be appropriate for the person for whom it is intended.
(6) A food, which has not been particularly modified in any way but is suitable for use in a particular dietary regimen because of its natural composition, shall not be designated as “Food Supplements” or “Special Dietary” or “Special Dietetic” or by any other equivalent term and such food may bear a statement on the label that “this food is by its nature “X” (“X” refers to the essential distinguishing characteristic as demonstrated by generally accepted scientific data) and such statement does not mislead the consumer.
(7)The Food Authority may suspend or restrict the trade of such foods as have been placed in the market that are not clearly distinguishable from foods for normal consumption nor are suitable for their claimed nutritional purpose, or may endanger the human health.
(8) The Food Authority may, at any time, ask a Food Business Operator manufacturing and selling such special types of foods to furnish details regarding the history of use of the nutrients added or modified and their safety evaluation.
Definition of such food as per draft regulations
(a) Foods containing prebiotic ingredients means foods that contain approved prebiotics and are a non-viable food component which confers a health benefit to the consumer by modulation of gut micro biota.
(b) “Foods containing Probiotic Ingredients” means foods with live microorganisms beneficial to human health, which when ingested in adequate amounts (as a single strain or as a combination of cultures) confer one or more specified/or demonstrated health benefits in human beings; and the microorganism strain used in these foods shall be deemed to possess probiotic property when it is capable of surviving passage through the digestive tract, and has the capability to adhere and proliferate in the gut and be able to confer a physiological benefit.
(c) “Foods for Special Dietary Uses (FSDU) (other than infants, and those to be taken under medical advice)” (i) means and includes the foods specially processed or formulated to satisfy particular dietary requirements which may exist or arise because of certain physiological or specific health conditions like low weight, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and foods like gluten-free foods, etc. and these foods may be taken without medical advice unless otherwise stated; (ii) do not include the normal foods which are merely enriched or modified with nutrients and meant for mass consumption, intended for improvement of general health and are meant for day to day use and do not claim to be targeted to consumers with specific diseased conditions and also these not include the foods intended to replace complete diet covered under Food for Special Medical Purpose in these regulations.
(d) “Food or health supplements” means the foods which are intended to supplement the normal diet of a person, and which are concentrated sources of one or more nutrients, like minerals, vitamins, proteins, mineral complexes, amino acids or enzymes, other dietary substances, plants or botanicals, substances from animal origin or other similar substances with known and established nutritional or beneficial physiological effect, and which are presented as such and are offered alone or in combination, but are not drugs as defined in the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940, and the rules made thereunder.
(e) “Foods for Special Medical Purposes (FSMP)” means (i) the foods intended for particular dietary uses specially processed or formulated and intended for the dietary management of patients and shall be used only under medical advice and they are intended for the exclusive or partial feeding of patients with a limited, impaired or disturbed capacity to take, digest, absorb, metabolise or excrete ordinary foodstuffs or certain nutrients contained therein or metabolites, or with other medically determined nutrient requirements, whose dietary management cannot be achieved only by modification of the normal diet, by foods for specific nutritional use, or a combination of them; (ii) include the foods specially prepared for weight reduction and intended as total replacement of normal diet.
(f) “Nutraceuticals” means a naturally occurring chemical compound having a physiological benefit or provide protection against chronic disease, isolated and purified from food or non-food source and may be prepared and marketed in the food-format of granules, powder, tablet, capsule, liquid or gel and may be packed in sachet, ampoule, bottle, etc. and to be taken as measured unit quantities.
(g) “Novel Foods” means the food that does not have a history of human consumption or has any other ingredient used in it which or the source from which it is derived does not have a history of human consumption as a food ingredient or foods or has ingredients obtained by new technologies or processes and includes the foods and food ingredients which have been produced by a new technology with innovative engineering processes, where the process gives rise to significant changes in the composition or structure or size of the foods or food ingredients which affect the nutritional value, metabolism or level of undesirable substances and not apply to any reformulation of food products produced from the existing food ingredients by altering the composition, percentage or amounts of food ingredients and additives.
(h) Specialty Foods containing ingredients based on Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha and Traditional Health Systems of India means the foods which are shown to be safe by science-based evidence and health uses referred in the authoritative texts (books of Schedule I of the Drugs and Cosmetic Act, 1940) and other standard texts (History of evidence based use and not for curative purposes).

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FSSAI raids reveal food adulteration

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Officials of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have ordered temporary closure of two hotels at Charummodu and a soda-making factory at Kayamkulam.

More than 35 food manufacturing and sales outlets were served notices by the authority for violation of food safety norms. Raids were conducted at a few major bakeries and several hotels. An amount of Rs.1.73 lakh was realised from the erring outlets.

The punitive action was taken after officials found gross violation of food safety rules. The violations were detected during raids conducted from July 25 to 31, under the codename ‘Operation Ruchi’ in Alappuzha, Cherthala, Mavelikara, Kayamkulam, Chengannur, and Haripad, Alappuzha Assistant Commissioner of Food Safety Joseph Shaji George told The Hindu .

Penalty was imposed on four prominent bakeries which were found to be using banned food colours. Raids revealed that these bakeries were adding monosodium glutamate (MSG) in bakery products beyond permitted levels. Ammonium chloride was seized from certain bakeries. It was suspected to have been added to food products for longer shelf life. The chemical is not permitted for use in food articles and is harmful to health.

The squad also conducted raids at certain export-oriented centres which were making ingredients for food items prepared by multinational food companies. The list of ingredients mentioned in the labels on the packaged food often is not exhaustive. The FSSAI drive was intended to gain information on the undeclared ingredients contained in the finished product marketed by MNCs.

The samples have been sent for analysis at the food analyst laboratory in Thiruvananthapuram. Appropriate action would be initiated against erring ones on receipt of test results, the official said.

The Alappuzha wing of FSSAI is functioning with less than 50 per cent of the required staff strength. The government is taking steps to fill up vacant posts. Shortage of hands had been hampering anti-adulteration initiatives, he said. The FSSAI drive would continue in the district, Mr. George said.

The health wing of local bodies were entitled to conduct inspections at food outlets on issues pertaining to hygiene as the former were the licencing authority for opening the shops. The FSSAI has the mandate to examine the quality of food products and to ensure compliance with food safety standards, he said.

Team orders closure of two hotels at Charummodu and a soda-making factory at Kayamkulam.

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Tartaric Acid and Ascorbic Acid are food additives that are permitted to be added to wines

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Tartaric Acid and Ascorbic Acid are food additives that are permitted to be added to wines – Statutory authorities should act in manner that is fair, so that it encourages foreign investment which ultimately leads to economic growth: HC

MUMBAI, AUG 03, 2015: THE Petitioner Company is in the business of manufacturing, selling and importing various types of alcoholic beverages including established international brands such as "Jacob’s Creek" .

By way of the present Petition, petitioner seeks an issuance of an appropriate writ for release of its wine products by the brand name of Jacob’s Creek . These wine products are currently withheld by the Commissioner of Customs, NhavaSheva Port, Mumbai on the ground that Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has refused to issue a No Objection Certificate (NOC) with respect to these wine products that are imported by the Petitioner. The ground on which the NOC has been refused is that the sample contains "Acidity Regulator: Tartaric Acid (INS334)" and "Antioxidant: ISO Ascorbic Acid (INS315)" which are not permitted as per Appendix A, Table No.3, Row No.14 of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 (hereinafter referred to as the "FSSR, 2011" ).

It is the case of the Petitioner that Tartaric Acid as well as Ascorbic Acid are ingredients that are permitted under the FSSR, 2011 and it is in these circumstances that the Petitioner has prayed that a writ of mandamus be issued directing the authority concerned to issue the NOC and further directing the Commissioner to release the said consignments.

The Petitioner holds a valid licence issued by FSSAI and has been importing Jacob’s Creekbrand of wines for more than a decade and the formulation of the said wines has not changed ever since its first import. Up until October 2014, the Petitioner was given the NOC for import of this wine.

Elaborate submissions were made by both sides.

The High Court observed that the short question that needs to be answered in this Petition is whether Tartaric Acid and Ascorbic Acid are food additives that are permitted to be added to alcoholic wines under the FSSR, 2011.

After narrating the genesis of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, the High Court extracted the provisions of s. 3 [Definitions], s. 19 [ Use of food additive or processing aid.] , s.22[ Genetically modified foods, organic foods, functional foods, proprietary foods, etc .].

Adverting to Regulation 3.1.1(1) of the FSSR, 2011, the High Court observed that in terms of the same, food products may contain food additives as specified in the Regulations and in Appendix ‘A’ and further Regulation 3.1.1(4) permitted the use of food additives in different foods and stipulated that the products mentioned therein may contain food additives permitted in the FSSR, 2011 and in Table 3 of Appendix ‘A’. Inasmuch as “Alcoholic wines” are listed asitem (x) of Regulation 3.1.1(4) and, therefore,it is clear that Regulation 3.1.1(4) allowed food additives to be added to alcoholic wines.

Further, Regulation 3.1.12(ii) deals with ‘buffering agents’ and stipulates that they are materials used to counter acidic and alkaline changes during storage or processing steps, thus improving the flavour and increasing the stability of foods andthat in the Table appended to Regulation 3.1.12, Tartaric Acid finds a specific mention and can be added as an acidulant provided the maximum level of use is 600 ppm. The Note below the said Table also clearly states that Tartaric Acid shall not be added to any food meant for children below 12 months and, therefore,it is reasonable to presume that if the intention was to prohibit the use of Tartaric Acid for any other persons or in respect of any particular food, it would have then so provided clearly.

The High Court noted that it was not the case of FSSAIthat levels of Tartaric Acid in the alcoholic wines imported by the Petitioner are greater than 600 ppm.

The submission of the respondent that since Tartaric Acid is not an ingredient finding place in Appendix ‘A’, Table 3, Row 14 (alcoholic wines), the same is a prohibited product and, therefore, cannot be permitted to be used as a food additive in alcoholic wines was not accepted in view of the fact that the Regulations themselves contemplate food additives being added to alcoholic wines [Regulation 3.1.1(4)] and Tartaric Acid is specifically listed as a buffering agent which could be used in food products provided the levels do not exceed 600 ppm [Regulation 3.1.12 r/w the Table appended thereto].

The High Court also sought to place reliance on another ‘intrinsic evidence’ and in this regard observed thus –

"…Some time in the year 2012, draft Regulations have been framed known as the Food Safety and Standards (Alcoholic Beverages Standards) Regulations, 2012. We must state here that these Regulations have not yet been placed before Parliament and hence do not have the force of law. However, these draft Regulations, and which have been prepared by Respondent No.2 under section 16(2) of the said Act, itself contemplate Tartaric Acid being permitted in wines as set out at item No.3 of Table 2 of the said draft Regulations. We, therefore, are clearly of the view that Tartaric Acid is permitted as a food additive to alcoholic wines and the contention of Respondent No.2 that it is a prohibited product is not borne out either under the provisions of the said Act or the FSSR, 2011 framed thereunder."

On the same reasoning, it was held that Ascorbic Acid is also a permitted food additive which can be added to alcoholic wines as an antioxidant as set out in Regulation 3.1.5(2).

Before concluding, the High Court also mentioned that its decision is supported by a decision of another Division Bench in case of Parle Biscuits Pvt. Ltd. v/s Food Safety and Standards Authority of India and others. 2013 (2) Mh.L.J. 409 : 2013 (3) Bom.C.R.314wherein it was held that Lactic Acid was a permissible ingredient in sugar boiled confectionery and that the use of the word "and" in Regulation 3.1.1(1) did not indicate that a food additive must be stated to be permissible in food products, both in the Regulations and in Appendix ‘A’ and that the SLP (Civil) No.1427/2013 filed by was withdrawn by the State of Maharashtra through Commissioner, on 28th January, 2013.

The High Court also had a note of caution for the respondent FSSAI. The Bench observed that it was a fit case in which costs ought to have been imposed on Respondent and in favour of the Petitioner but considering that Respondent is a statutory authority constituted under the provisions of The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 to ensure that safe and wholesome food is supplied to the consumers, the High Court refrained from doing so.

The High Court further added –

+ Respondent being a statutory authority cannot act in an arbitrary fashion disregarding the law under which it was constituted.

+ Respondent, being the watchdog for the consumer as well as a regulator of the food industry, ought not to take an adversarial approach. In this matter, we find that despite Tartaric Acid and Ascorbic Acid being clearly included in the Regulations, and the fact that the Petitioner’s alcoholic wines have been imported in this country for over a decade without any complaint or untoward incident.

+ Respondent ought to have looked at the Regulations framed by them, a little more carefully before refusing to give the NOC to the Petitioner.

+ The only reason we say this is because in today’s global reality India’s borders have opened to international business. It is, therefore, important that the statutory authorities act in a manner that is fair, transparent and with a proper application of mind, so that it encourages foreign investment which ultimately leads to the economic growth of the country.

The Writ Petition was allowed.

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தரமற்ற உணவு மாதிரி முடிவு கிடைத்ததும் நடவடிக்கை

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சென்னை:’அரசு பொது மருத்துவமனை உணவகத்தில் எடுக்கப்பட்ட உணவு மாதிரிகளின் முடிவு கிடைத்ததும், அடுத்த கட்ட நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும்’ என, உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை தெரிவித்துள்ளது.
சென்னை ராஜிவ்காந்தி அரசு பொது மருத்துவமனையில், டாக்டர்கள், மருத்துவ மாணவர்களுக்கான, உணவகம் உள்ளது. ஒப்பந்த அடிப்படையில் தனியார் கேட்டரிங் நிறுவனம், அந்த உணவகத்தை நடத்தி வருகிறது. சில தினங்களுக்கு முன், அங்கு உணவு சாப்பிட்ட, நான்கு முதுநிலை மருத்துவ மாணவர்கள் , உடல் நலக்குறைவால், மருத்துவமனையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டனர்.

புகாரையடுத்து, மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் லட்சுமி நாராயணன், முத்துக்கிருஷ்ணன் உள்ளிட்ட ஆய்வாளர்கள், உணவகத்தில், சோதனை நடத்தினர். சப்பாத்தி, குருமா, தயிர், சட்னி, சாம்பார் என, ஐந்து விதமான உணவு மாதிரிகளை எடுத்து, பரிசோதனைக்கு அனுப்பினர்.

இதுகுறித்து, உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர்கள் கூறுகையில், ‘உணவு மாதிரிகள் பரிசோதனை முடிவுகள், நான்கு நாட்களில் கிடைக்கும். அதனடிப்படையில் அடுத்த கட்ட முடிவுகள் எடுக்கப்படும்’ என்றனர்.

ஆறு மாதங்களுக்கு முன், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் ஆய்வு நடத்தி, தரமற்ற உணவு விற்பதாக அனுமதியை ரத்து செய்தனர்.

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கடலூரில் விற்கப்படும் கேன் பால்; உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ஆய்வு

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கடலூர் : கடலூர் நகரில் விற்பனை செய்யப்படும் கேன் பால் தரமானதாக உள்ளதா என மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ஆய்வு செய்தார்.

கடலூர் நகரத்தில் சுற்றுப் பகுதி கிராமங்களில் இருந்து கேன்களில் கொண்டு வரப்பட்டு பால் விற்பனை செய்யப்படுகின்றன. வரக்கால்பட்டு, நத்தப்பட்டு போன்ற கிராமப் பகுதியில் இருந்து கேன்களில் கொண்டு வந்து விற்பனை செய்யப்படும் பாலினை ஆய்வு மேற்கொண்டதில் பாலின் அடர்த்தி குறைந்த பட்சம் 25 பாயிண்ட் இருக்க வேண்டும். ஆனால் சோதனை செய்து பார்த்தில் அடர்த்தி 10 பாயிண்டுக்கும் குறைவாகவே இருந்தது.இதனால் பாலில் உள்ள சத்து பொருட்கள் பயனாளிக்கு கிடைக்காமல் போய்விடும் என அதிகாரிகள் எச்சரிக்கை செய்தனர். அத்துடன் முதல் நாள் விற்பனையான பாலினை காய்ச்சி புதிய பாலில் கலந்து விற்பனை செய்யப்படுகிறதா எனவும் ஆய்வு செய்தனர். இதேப்போன்று 20 பால் வியாபாரிகளிடம் சோதனை மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டது.மேலும், இறைச்சி கடைகளிலும் சோதனை நடத்தப்பட்டது. கூத்தப்பாக்கம், பாதிரிக்குப்பம் பகுதியில் உள்ளஆட்டிறைச்சி கடைகளில் சோதனை நடத்தினார். சுகாதாரமான நிலையில் உள்ளதா, நோய் தாக்கப்பட்ட ஆடுகள் அறுக்கப்படுகிறதா எனவும் சோதனை செய்தனர்.ஆய்வின் போது வட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் நல்லத்தம்பி, சுப்ரமணியன், நந்தகுமார் உடனிருந்தனர்.

Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS

உணவு பாதுகாப்பு உரிமம் பெறாத தமிழக காய்கறி லாரிகள் கேரளா செல்ல தடை

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கோவை: உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையில் பதிவு செய்யாத தமிழக காய்கறி லாரிகள் கேரளாவில் நுழைய நாளை முதல் தடை விதிக்கப்படுகிறது. பலர் இன்னும் உரிமம் பெறாத நிலையில், கோவையில் இருந்து காய்கறிகள் செல்வது தடைபடும் நிலை ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது. காய்கறிகள், பழங்கள் உட்பட பெரும்பாலான உணவு பொருட்கள் தமிழ் நாடு, கர்நாடகா மற்றும் ஆந்திரா ஆகிய மாநிலத்தில் இருந்து கேரளாவுக்கு செல்கிறது. இந்நிலையில், காய்கறிகளில் அதிக நச்சுத்தன்மை இருப்பதாக கண்டறியப்பட்டதை தொடர்ந்து தமிழ்நாடு மற்றும் வெளிமாநிலங்களில் இருந்து காய்கறிகள், பழங்களை கேரளாவுக்கு கொண்டு செல்லும் வாகனங்கள் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையில் உரிமச்சான்றிதழ் பெற வேண்டும் என கேரள அரசு அறிவித்தது.
இது தொடர்பாக கேரள சுகாதாரத் துறை அமைச்சர் சிவகுமார் ஆகஸ்ட் 4ம் தேதிக்குள் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையில் பதிவு செய்து லைசன்ஸ் வாங்காவிட்டால் தமிழகம் உட்பட பிற மாநிலங்களில் இருந்து வரும் காய்கறி லாரிகள் கேரளாவுக்குள் அனுமதிக்கப்பட மாட்டாது எனவும் தெரிவித்துள்ளார். இதனை தொடர்ந்து தமிழகத்தில் இருந்து கேரளா செல்லும் காய்கறி லாரி வாகனங்களுக்கு உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையின் மூலம் உரிமச்சான்றிதழ் வழங்கப்பட்டு வருகிறது. கோவை மாவட்டத்தில் காரமடை ஐடையம்பாளையம் மார்க்கெட், செஞ்சேரிமலை மார்க்கெட், கிணத்துக்கடவு மார்கெட், நாச்சி பாளையம் மார்க்கெட், பொள்ளாச்சி காந்தி மார்க்கெட், கோவை எம்ஜிஆர் மார்கெட் பகுதிகளிலிருந்து தினமும் 300 முதல் 400 டன் வரை காய்கறி மற்றும் பழங்கள் கேரளாவிற்கு வாகனங்கள் மூலம் ஏற்றிச் செல்லப்படுகிறது. இதில் பல வியாபாரிகள் சொந்தமாக வாகனங்களை இயக்கி வருகின்றனர்.
இது தவிர பல வியாபாரிகள் ஒன்று சேர்ந்து வாடகைக்கு லாரி உள்ளிட்ட வாகனங்களை காய்கறி ஏற்றி செல்ல பயன்படுத்தி வருகின்றனர். கேரள அரசின் அறிவிப்பை தொடர்ந்து கோவை மாவட்ட காய்கறி வியாபாரிகளிடமிருந்து 150 விண்ணப்பங்கள் பெறப்பட்டுள்ளது. இது குறித்து உணவு பாதுகாப்புதுறை அதிகாரிகள் கூறுகையில், கோவை மாவட்டத்தில் காய்கறி ஏற்றிச் செல்லும் அனைத்து வாகனங்களுக்கும் உரிமம் வழங்கப்படுவதுடன் அதனை முறையாக பதிவு செய்யவும் உத்தரவிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஏனெனில் இந்த உரிமச் சான்றிழ் காய்கறி எங்கிருந்து கொண்டுவரப்படுகிறது என்ற விபரம் கணினியில் பதிவு செய்யப்படும். எனவே, கேரளாவிற்கு காய்கறிகளை கொண்டு செல்லும் வாகன உரிமையாளர்கள் உரிமம் பெற்றுக் கொள்வது அவசியம். தற்போது, வரை கோவை மாவட்டத்தில் 150 பேரிடமிருந்து விண்ணப்பங்கள் பெறப்பட்டுள்ளது.
இவர்களுக்கு இன்று உரிமம் வழங்கப்படும். இது வரை விண்ணப்பிக்காதவர்கள் கோவை ரேஸ் கோர்ஸ் பகுதியில் உள்ள உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அலுவலகத்தில் உரிய ஆவணங்கள், அடையாள அட்டை, இரண்டு புகைப்படங்களை சமர்ப்பித்து ரூ.100 கட்டணமாக செலுத்தி உரிமத்தை பெற்றுக் கொள்ளலாம். இந்த உரிமம் பெறாதவர்களின் வாகனங்கள் நாளை முதல் கேரளாவிற்கு செல்ல அனுமதி மறுக்கப்படும் எனவும் தெரிவித்தனர். கோவை மாவட்டத்தில் மேட்டுப்பாளையம் மற்றும் கிணத்துக் கடவில் இருந்து தான் அதிகளவிலான காய்கறிகள் கேரளாவுக்கு கொண்டு செல்லப்படுகிறது. இன்னும் ஏராளமான வியாபாரிகள் உரிமம் கேட்டு விண்ணப்பிக்காமல் உள்ளனர். இன்றே கடைசி நாள் என்பதால், கோவையில் இருந்து கேரளாவுக்கு காய்கறிகளை கொண்டு செல்ல முடியாத நிலை ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது. எனவே, கால அவகாசத்தை நீட்டிக்க வேண்டும் என காய்கறி வியாபாரிகள் கோரிக்கை விடுத்துள்ளனர்.

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