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Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS

தடை செய்யப்பட்ட புகையிலை பொருட்கள் கூடுதல் விலைக்கு கன ஜோர் விற்பனை

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ஈரோடு: மாநகர் மற்றும் மாவட்டத்தின் பல்வேறு இடங்களிலும், அரசால் தடை செய்யப்பட்ட புகையிலை பொருட்கள் விற்பனை கனஜோராக நடைபெற்று வருகிறது.

புகையிலை மற்றும் புகையிலை கலந்த பொருட்கள் பயன்பாட்டால், புற்றுநோய் அதிகரிக்கிறது. இதனால் மனித உயிரிழப்புகளின் எண்ணிக்கையும் நாளுக்கு நாள் அதிகரித்து வருகிறது. வளர்ந்து வரும் நாடுகளில் குறிப்பாக, இந்தியா போன்ற நாடுகளில் கேன்சர் உயிரிழப்புகளுக்கு, புகையிலை பொருட்கள் பயன்பாடே பிரதான காரணமாக ஆய்வில் கண்டறியப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஆய்வின் அடிப்படையில், புகையிலை பொருட்களை பயன்படுத்த விற்பனை செய்ய, தமிழக அரசு தடை விதித்துள்ளது. தடை செய்யப்பட்ட சில மாதங்கள் மட்டுமே புகையிலை பொருட்கள் விற்பனை இன்றி இருந்தது. தற்போது மாநகர் மட்டுமின்றி, மாவட்டத்தில் உள்ள பெரும்பாலான பெட்டி கடைகளில், ரெகுலராக புகையிலை பொருட்கள் விற்பனை தொடர்கிறது. முன்பு, 5 ரூபாய்க்கு விற்ற மாணிக்சந்த் தற்போது, 15 ரூபாய்க்கும், இரண்டு ரூபாய்க்கு விற்ற சாந்தி பாக்கு, 5 ரூபாய்க்கும், ஹான்ஸ் பாக்கெட் முன்பு, 5 ரூபாய்க்கு விற்கப்பட்டது. தற்போது இரு மடங்காக விலை உயர்ந்துள்ளது. ரெகுலராக வரும் வாடிக்கையாளர்களுக்கு தடையின்றி வழங்கப்படுகிறது. புதிதாக வரும் நபர்களுக்கு, சற்றே விலை கூடுதலாக விற்கப்படுகிறது. மாநகரில் மட்டும் வாரந்தோறும், பல கோடி ரூபாய் அளவுக்கு தங்கு தடையின்றி விற்பனை நடக்கிறது. புகையிலை பொருட்கள் நடமாட்டத்தை கண்காணிக்க, தடுக்க அரசு அதிகாரிகள் முன் வராததால், கூடுதல் விலையில் புகையிலை பொருட்கள் விற்பனை கன ஜோராய் நடக்கிறது.

இதுகுறித்து மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு நியமன அலுவலர் கருணாநிதி கூறியதாவது: புகையிலை பொருட்கள் விற்பனை செய்வது குறித்து தகவல் ஏதும் வரவில்லை. தகவல் வந்தால், அதனடிப்படையில் ரெய்டு நடத்துவோம். ஒரு கடையில் ரெய்டு நடத்துவது தெரிந்தால், பிற கடைகளில் எடுத்து மறைத்து வைத்து விடுகின்றனர். சில மாதங்களுக்கு முன் போலீஸார் கூறிய தகவலால், ரெய்டு நடத்தி அதிகளவில் புகையிலை பொருட்களை பிடித்தோம். குறிப்பிட்ட கடைகளில் விற்பனை குறித்து தகவல் அளித்தால், நடவடிக்கை நிச்சயம் எடுக்கப்படும். இவ்வாறு அவர் கூறினார்.

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Erode

Food safety dept to crack down on hotels, eateries using artificial food colours

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The use of certain artificial colors have been banned under the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006, because long-term consumption could increase risk of cancer and tumours in the body.

COIMBATORE: The Food Safety Department will embark on a drive to crackdown on restaurants and eateries who use artificial food colouring agents in the food they serve, while eateries found violating the law would be fined heavily.

The use of certain artificial colors have been banned under the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006, because long-term consumption could increase risk of cancer and tumours in the body.

The random inspections will take place in all restaurants and eateries across the district from Monday and is likely to go on for almost 10 days. The move comes in the wake of the department receiving many complaints from the public that artificial food colours continue to be used by restaurants in many food items. "Some have complained that the use of colour was so high that the colour residue was remain on their hands," said designated food safety officer, Dr R Kathiravan.

Officials said a majority of complaints regarding use of food colors centred around dishes like Indian chilli chicken, tandoori chicken, chilli gobi, layer biryani and a few North Indian gravies.

" They use a lot of red, orange, yellow and green colours in their food to make it look a lot more appealing, despite us giving them clear instructions on it being banned," said Dr Kathiravan. "We have suggested use of natural colors like turmeric for yellow, saffron for orange and Andhra Chilli and beetroot extracts for red," he said.

However, eateries continue to synethic colours which contain chemicals like erythrosine, carmoisine, ponceau 4R, indigo carmine, brilliant blue FCF, fast green FCF, Tartrazine and sunset yellow FCF. "These colours are approved by the government, but studies have shown that chronic or daily consumption of these colours make them carcinogenic," said Dr Kathiravan. The residues of these colours take almost a month to leave our body, he said.

However, confusion regarding use of colours in food items continues because their use in some desserts like chocolate, ice cream, jelly, candies and Indian sweets are permitted. "These food items come under the category of once in a while consumed foods and thus use of colours is permitted up to the level of 100 parts per million, while normal starters and main course come under day-to-day consumed food," he said.

There is also the issue of a few small and medium sized eateries crossing the permissible levels of colour in Indian sweets or even using banned colours like auramine (yellow), malachite green and rhodamine (pink).

"We have not found such cases yet, but we will keep a look out for them," said another food safety officer.

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Assam bans Triveni masur dal, lifts prohibition on Wai-Wai noodles

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An official press note said the the particular masur dal packed by the Delhi-based company had potential deleterious effect on human health on being consumed.

The Assam government on Thursday imposed a ban on storage, distribution and sale of masur dal manufactured and packed by RS Triveni Foods Pvt Ltd, a Delhi-based company for six months with immediate effect after the state food analyst found samples of this dal coated with oily substance which is unsafe for consumption.

An official press note said the the particular masur dal packed by the Delhi-based company had potential deleterious effect on human health on being consumed. The Commissioner of Food Safety, Assam, has directed the designated Food Safety Officers in the districts to strictly enforce this prohibition immediately, it said.

Meanwhile, by another order, the Assam government on Thursday lifted the prohibition it had imposed on manufacture and sale of Wai-Wai mini Ready-to-Eat Noodles and Wai-Wai 1-2-3 Noodles after declaring the products as safe.

These two varieties of noodles, manufactured by a Guwahati-based company called CG Products were in June banned after they were found to contain Mono Sodium Glutamate, another official press note said. The two products were found safe after the manucfacturers had improved upon its quality, it said.

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Drug regulator wants multi-vitamins to be classified as ‘drugs’

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MUMBAI: The Drug Controller General of India has proposed to bring some popular vitamin supplement brands under the category of ‘drugs’, a move that could give rise to a tussle between pharma companies and the regulator as it will mean stringent restrictions on marketing of these products.

Among the 10 products that have been mentioned in the proposal are Sun Pharma’s multi-vitamin capsule ‘Revital’, Pfizer’s ‘Ferradol’ and Alkem Pharma’s ‘A to Z’. These products are currently classified as ‘food’ and come under the Food Safety Act, which exempts them from stringent rules on pricing and marketing.

An eight-member committee looking into the matter was of the view that the ingredients of these multi-vitamins fall under the category of ‘drugs’. It considered parameters like composition of the products, effect of each ingredient on the body, food safety and standard requirements as well as the indications claimed by the firms.

One critical recommendation the committee made was that if a multivitamin product claims that it treats, mitigates or prevents any disease or disorder then it should be classified as ‘drug’.

In an email response to ET query on the matter, Sun Pharma said it is still reading the drug controller’s recommendations. Pfizer and Alkem could not be reached for comment.

India’s nutraceutical market is estimated to be close to $2 billion, with companies having a free hand in determining prices and marketing of such products.

If implemented, the drug controller’s proposal could deal a big blow to many companies that are betting big on this segment, according to an industry executive did not wish to be named.

According to figures available from research firm All-India Organisation of Chemists and Druggists Association (AIOCD), the vitamins and minerals segment grew 13% in the last one year to touch .`8,329 crore.

"Vitamins are essential dietary supplementation, just like any other ‘food’ substance. It is strange that there was only one doctor present in the committee that made this recommendation," said RK Shanghvi, medical and nutraceuticals head of Indian Drugs Manufacturers Association (IDMA), a lobby group of Indian drug makers. "Also, it is sad that there was only one medical professional on the committee that made this recommendation, and that it is not enough to determine the fate of the country’s health." Shanghvi also said that such proposals end up being ambiguous, as with the current recommendation, and that even some health drinks can be classified as drugs.

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Kerala to bring anganwadi, college canteen under food safety law

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Kerala government has decided to bring anganwadies, school messes, college and hostel canteens under the purview of food safety law as part of its ambitious food safety drives.

License or registration would be made mandatory for all entities that handle food and strict action would be initiated against those which do not follow the standards specified in the Food Safety and Standards Act of India, state Health Minister V S Sivakumar said here today.

"We have decided to bring anganwadies, school messes and college and hostel canteens under the purview of license and registration system. Our objective is to bring all entities that handle food–from wayside eateries to five star hotels– under the registration," he said.

"Registration or license has already been made mandatory for vegetable traders and the vehicles which transport vegetables to the state from outside," he said while participating in the MoU signing ceremony between state Commissionarate of Food Safety and Mysore-based Central Food Technological Research Institute (CFTRI).

As per the MoU, the Commisionarate, under the Department of Health and Family Welfare, would collaborate with CFTRI to develop methods of food sample analysis, train laboratory staff and upgrade the state laboratories, he said.

"Kerala is the first state in the country to sign such an MoU with the central agency. It is part of our intense initiatives to ensure safe food for public. We can not build up a healthy society if the food available to people is not safe," he said.

The minister said the "Operation Ruchi", a drive launched by the government to check spurious food articles and arrival of vegetables containing pesticides from neighbouring states, was a great success.

"The inflow of pesticide-ridden vegetables from neighbouring states has come down to some extent due to our regular monitoring at check posts," he said.

In the wake of increasing instances of food adulteration, Kerala government had recently launched a mass drive to regulate and restrict use of chemicals and other harmful ingredients in food articles sold and check the arrival of pesticide-ridden vegetables from neighbouring states.

A series of raids had been conducted and several eateries and vegetable shops had been either closed or served notice across the state under the drive.

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