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India’s moratorium on GM eggplant not based on food safety

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Years after the government imposed an indefinite moratorium on the commercial release of Bt Brinjal, genetically-modified for resistance to the fruit and shoot borer, a principal scientist of the National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi, puts forth a strong case for its commercial approval.

“Debunking” the criticism surrounding the country’s first transgenic food crop, Dr Gurinderjit Randhawa said: “Bt Brinjal is safe for human consumption and should be commercialised at all costs.”

Randhawa agrees that these crops are controversial and it is difficult to obtain an “overwhelming” consensus in their favour. “GM crops are good but one has to be cautious,” she said. About making such crops available to consumers through farmers, she said: “After a research is presented, it undergoes lot of tests. Experts from diverse fields weigh the risks and the benefits involved before giving any crop a go-ahead.”

On the risks such problems pose to consumers, she said: “No problems are caused if the technology is used the way it is meant to be.”

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Viagra in your alcohol? China investigating liquor suppliers in latest food-safety scare

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Chinese police are investigating if two distillers in the southwestern region of Guangxi added impotence treatment drug Viagra to their liquor in the latest food-safety scare in China.

The Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration said that it found the Guikun Alcohol Plant and the Deshun Alcohol Plant in Guangxi’s Liuzhou city were putting Sildenafil, more commonly known as Viagra, into three of their baijiu products.

Baijiu is a fiery grain liquor that commands high prices in China.

Law enforcement officers have confiscated 5,357 bottles of the suspect products, 1,124 kg of raw alcohol and a batch of white powder labeled Sildenafil, in a case worth more than 700,000 yuan ($112,726), according to a statement posted by the Liuzhou Food and Drug Administration on its website on Saturday.

The case has been transferred to the police, the statement said.

The products were all marketed as having health-preserving qualities, it said.

Food safety is a chronic problem in China and public anxiety over cases of fake or toxic food often spreads quickly.

In June, state media said Chinese customs have seized around 3 billion yuan ($483 million) worth of smuggled meat, some more than 40 years old and rotting, the latest in a grim series of food safety scares.

In 2013, Chinese police said they broken a crime ring that passed off more than $1 million in rat and small mammal meat as mutton.

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New import norms on the anvil for US chicken legs

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Food safety body may ban import of chickens older than six months and those fed with GM feed


The Indian consumers’ liking for chicken leg piece may ruffle a few feathers in the poultry industry with the Centre looking to frame import norms that would allow chicken imports from the US.

The fear of cheaper US chicken leg pieces flooding the market and use of genetically modified feeds such as corn and soyabean are major concerns for Indian industry. Genetically modified crops are banned in India.

There is not much demand for leg pieces in the US and it does not find a market despite being sold at deep discount. While the chicken is sold at $6 a piece, there are not many takers for the legs even at less than $1 (₹63). In India, chicken legs cost about ₹250 ($3.9) a kg.

The demand for chicken legs in the US is so weak that it is left with stockpiles of 3-4 years, particularly after most Asian countries restricted chicken imports from the US. Incidentally, India last month lost an appeal at World Trade Organisation against ban on chicken imports from the US.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is, therefore, setting new import norms which may kick in within six months. It may include ban on import of American chickens older than six months and those fed with genetically modified feed. “We can compete with the US if it exports the entire chicken. The concern is only if it tries to push the legs which are not in great demand there. While the cost of imported chicken would be $4 a piece, the legs can land at $1 or even less,” said Babanrao Shinde, a poultry farmer.

Large scale imports from the US will bring the unorganised poultry industry to its knees as they already face many challenges such as high feed prices and falling realisations, said an official of a poultry company and added that the frequent outbreak of bird flu and subsequent fall in demand is also a drag.

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Extension of time period dated 03rd August, 2015 with respect to the proviso to Regulation 1.1.2 of Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives) Regulation, 2011 (Standards relating to Caramel and glazing agents). (Uploaded on: 03-08-2015)

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உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ஆய்வு

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சிதம்பரம்:சிதம்பரத்தில் சினிமா தியேட்டரில் டெங்கு கொசு விழிப்புணர்வு ஏற்படுத்தும் வகையில் மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ஆய்வு செய்தார்.சிதம்பரம் லேனா திரையரங்கில் டெங்கு கொசு ஒழிப்பு விழிப்புணர்வை ஏற்படுத்தும் வகையில் கழிவறை சுத்தமாக இருக்கிறதா என மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ராஜா பார்வையிட்டு ஆய்வு செய்தார். மேலும் திரையரங்க கேண்டீனில் காலாவதியான பொருட்கள் விற்பனை செய்யப்படுகிறதா என்பதையும் சோதனை மேற்கொண்டார்.திரையரங்க மேலாளர் மற்றும் ஊழியர்களிடம் திரையரங்கத்தில் கொசுக்கள் உற்பத்தியாகாத வகையில் கழிவறையை சுத்தமாக வைத்திருக்கவும் அறிவுறுத்தினார். வட்டார உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி பத்மநாபன், புவனகிரி குணசேகரன், அருள்மணி உடனிருந்தனர்.

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