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பெங்களூரில் இருந்து வேனில் கடத்தி வந்த ரூ1 லட்சம் குட்கா பறிமுதல்

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பூந்தமல்லி, : சென்னை அருகே மதுரவாயல், திருவேற்காடு, போரூர், குன்றத்தூர் உள்ளிட்ட பகுதிகளில் தடை செய்யப்பட்ட போதை பொருட்கள் தாராளமாக விற்பனை செய்யப்படுகிறது. இதனை தடுக்க உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிகாரிகளும், போலீசாரும் தீவிரமாக ஈடுபட்டு வருகின்றனர். இந்நிலையில் நேற்று முன்தினம் இரவு மதுரவாயல் போலீசார் ரோந்து பணியில் ஈடுபட்டனர். மதுரவாயல் கந்தசாமி நகரி ரோந்து சென்றபோது, ஒரு குடோன் அருகே ஒரு லாரியில் இருந்து, வேனில் பார்சல்கள் ஏற்றுவதை பார்த்தனர். உடனே போலீசார் அங்கு சென்றனர்.  போலீசாரை பார்த்ததும் வேன் டிரைவர் தப்பியோடினார். அங்கிருந்த லாரி டிரைவரையும், கிளீனரையும் போலீசார் மடக்கி பிடித்தனர்.
வேனில் இருந்த பார்சல்களை பிரித்து பார்த்தபோது, தடை செய்யப்பட்ட பான்பராக், ஹான்ஸ் உள்ளிட்ட குட்கா பொருட்கள் இருப்பது தெரிந்தது. அவற்றை போலீசார் பறிமுதல் செய்தனர். அதன் மதிப்பு ரூ.1 லட்சம். இதையடுத்து பிடிபட்ட 2 பேரையும், பார்சல்களையும் காவல் நிலையம் கொண்டு சென்று விசாரித்தனர். அதில், டிரைவர் செஞ்சியை சேர்ந்த முருகன், கிளீனர் ரியாஸ் ஆகியோர் என தெரிந்தது. மேலும் விசாரணையில் குட்கா பொருட்கள் அனைத்தும் பெங்களூரில் இருந்து கடத்தி வரப்பட்டது என தெரிந்தது. அவர்களை போலீசார்
கைது செய்தனர்.

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How safe is the food in your fridge?

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September has been national food safety month for a long time. Each year a special topic is chosen to focus on and this year it is refrigeration.

So the first question I ask you, “Do you know how cold your refrigerator is?” When I ask the question I often hear, “I can feel it when I open it! Anyway, I have a dial to adjust the temperature.”

Here is the fact: Unless you have thermometers built into your fingers, you need to use a thermometer to ensure your refrigerator is at or below 40 °F. And that dial? Important, but it is not a thermometer.

Research has shown that as many as 43 percent of home refrigerators have been found to be at temperatures above 40°F, putting them in the food safety “danger zone” where harmful bacteria can multiply and make you and your family sick.

Help slow the growth of bacteria by using a refrigerator thermometer to tell if your refrigerator is at 40°F or below. And if it isn’t? Use that dial to adjust the temperature so it will be colder. Then, use your refrigerator thermometer to measure again.

The second part of food safety in the refrigerator is to plan to prevent that cross-contamination doesn’t happen. The refrigerator is cold but cross-contamination can and does happen. You need to know that bacteria can survive and some can even grow in cool, moist environments like the refrigerator. In fact, listeria bacteria can grow at temperatures below 40°F.

To reduce the risk of cross-contamination in your refrigerator: Keep fresh fruits and vegetables separate from raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs; clean up food and beverage spills immediately; and clean your refrigerator regularly with hot water and liquid soap. Don’t forget to clean the refrigerator walls and the undersides of shelves.

Now the subject of “I left some food out all day, but if I put it in the fridge now, the bacteria will die.” This is not true, refrigerator temperatures can slow the growth of bacteria, but will not stop the growth of bacteria in food. If food is left out at room temperature for more than two hours, putting it into the refrigerator will only slow bacterial growth, not kill it.

Protect your family by following the two-hour rule —refrigerate or freeze meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, cut fresh fruits and vegetables, and all cooked leftovers within 2 hours of cooking or purchasing. Refrigerate within one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees F. While refrigeration does slow bacterial growth, most perishables will only keep for a few days in the refrigerator. To keep perishables longer than a few days — like most meat, poultry and seafood — you can freeze them.

The last part of our food safety and the refrigerator is about the produce bin. Some of you may think that because I only put fruit and vegetables in there you don’t have to worry about keeping it clean. The fact is: naturally occurring bacteria in fresh fruits and vegetables can cause cross-contamination in your refrigerator.

A recent National Science Foundation International study found that the refrigerator produce compartment was the No. 1 “germiest” area in consumers’ kitchens. To prevent the buildup of bacteria that can cause food poisoning, it is essential to clean your produce bin and other bins in your refrigerator often with hot water and liquid soap, rinse thoroughly, and dry with a clean cloth towel or allow to air dry outside of the refrigerator.

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FSDA collects ‘prasad’ from Banke Bihari temple

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AGRA: A few months ago in July, priests at Banke Bihari were fined for offering ‘prasad’ to UP chief secretary inside temple premises in violation of norms.

Now, the ‘prasad’ is back in the news. Food Safety and Drug Association (FSDA) officials have collected samples of the ‘prasad’ being sold and distributed in the temple to test its quality. They also collected the sample of the food being served to Lord Krishna as ‘bhog prasad’.

The samples were collected following a complaint by Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav. He visited Mathura on September 2 for the inauguration of Govardhan tehsil. Yadav claimed that he fell ill after consuming the ‘prasad’ of the Banke Bihari temple. He ordered the district administration to check the quality of the ‘prasad’ being sold and distributed in the temple.

The FSDA team allgedly faced resistance from the temple committee officials while collecting the samples. A team of FSDA headed by food officer A K Gupta visited Banke Bihari temple on Thursday evening and collected the samples of the ‘prasad’ being distributed to devotees and the sweets being sold in the shops situated nearby.

Both temple authorities and local shopkeepers resisted the FSDA team’s attempt to collect samples of the ‘prasad’. It was only after the DM’s intervention that they submitted the samples to the FSDA team.

The FSDA team also collected the sample of the food being served to Lord Krishna as ‘bhog prasad’.

The team visited the kitchen where food items for the ‘bhoj’ were being prepared. This created panic among the temple authorities who refused to allow food samples to be taken by the food safety team. Later, the DM called up the temple authorities and persuaded its officials to allow the team to collect the food samples.

"We have collected the ‘boondi’ samples which were being prepared in the temple kitchen. All the samples will be sent to the laboratory for testing," said food safety officer OP Singh.

Senior member of Banke Bihari Temple Committee Nand Kishore Upmanyu said the temple committee would cooperate with the FSDA team at every step.

He said cleanliness and hygiene, both are being taken care of, while preparing the ‘bhog prasad’ for the Lord.

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Health ministry starts process for amendment to FSS Rules; MoFPI has no say

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The government has decided to review the rules and regulations governing Indian food industry. The review is being done on two fronts, FSS Rules and Regulations 2011 by ministry of health and Product Approval regulation by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Health ministry, in its notice dated September 3, 2015, states that it has invited comments-views-suggestions, if any, for a review of FSS Rules that may be forwarded to the under secretary (food), department of health and family welfare, on or before September 24, 2015, while the apex food regulator has invited law firms to help in framing guidelines for Product Approval to bring necessary regulation in place of Product Approval advisory quashed by the Bombay High Court in its order.

The food industry is waiting with bated breath, as what will be formulated by the two agencies to govern them.

The review of FSS Rules, 2011, deals largely with the enforcement issues and it is a welcome step, said N M Kejriwal, chairman, PHD Chambers’ Committee on Agribusiness. He however adds that the government had identified only few points to amend the rules while it needs to do much more to review the Act in totality.

He further pointed out that the industry would like to see what came out with regards to rules for Product Approval and to what extent it might help them. He also raised a point that the industry expected the report by the Task Force on Product Approval to be made a public document.

Meanwhile, ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI) appears to be caught in the row sans an impact. Industry experts state that in spite of the key role the ministry plays for the industry, in this case, it appears helpless with regard to influencing policy making.

Such is the perception in the industry that MoFPI, although vocal about the concerns faced by the food industry, is not really able to help the industry much.

The Indian food industry is virtually on its own, says another industry representative.

However, Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union minister for food processing industries, was able to push for a Task Force for a better coordination between the two ministries – health and food processing. It was the result of a direct intervention by PMO on an appeal made by Badal.

But similar was the case last year when despite PMO level intervention, the FSSAI stood firm on not giving NOC to the Product Approval applications for proprietary food.

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