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Kerala launches app that streamlines sample collection, testing, results

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Kerala has achieved the distinction of being the first state in the country to launch execution of food safety laws online through an app. The app is expected to reduce delays in the process by tracking it seamlessly.
In this regard, a pilot was conducted in Trivandrum district recently and it was successful. The food safety commissionerate, Kerala, has plans to introduce the app in other districts as well.
Speaking to FnB News, T V Anupama, commissioner, food safety, Kerala, explains, “A trial run was conducted in Trivandrum district and it was successful. The final training was held on September 8 and then the app was launched in Trivandrum district. If found successful at the end of two months, it will be extended to other districts.”
She adds, “The only physical activity which will take place is lifting of sample, sending it, analysis. The new app will enable higher authorities to review the results immediately and take decisions.”
Pointing out the difference between the earlier online process and the new one, she states, “At present, the origin of each case is a sampling or hygiene inspection by any field officer. It covers all inspections, sampling, compounding of offences, closure of hotels, confiscation of goods, analysis of samples, finalisation of report, request for prosecution/adjudication sanction. But the new application will reduce delays in recording the details, sending, preparing files and submitting them.”
As part of the new system, a field officer can track details from the application right from where the samples are obtained to the test results, unlike the earlier system where one could  know about only the samples collected for laboratory testing.
“Existing system covers food safety licensing and registration and the new system covers everything else,” she adds.
Laptops have been given to all district officers. Tablets will be distributed to all officials in the next financial year or when additional funds sought are received. Purchase of tablets for food safety officials is under process in Trivandrum district.
While commenting on how the app idea initiated, Anupama states, “The department is a new one. The staff is being newly recruited. So there is an amount of freshness in the department. We decided to take it forward in the form of 100% computerisation. This app was the first step.”
Invis Multimedia has developed the app under Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO), a government agency, and the development was funded by food safety commissionerate, Government of Kerala.

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Food Testing Laboratories: The Indian Scenario

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Food is an integral part of everyday life; it provides nutrition and nourishment for leading a healthy life. The food that we consume should be safe in all aspects and not pose any harm to the body. For this reason, it is of paramount importance that the food production, from “farm to plate” should go through rigorous monitoring and testing, which is primarily the responsibility of the food business operators (FBOs). Food testing laboratories play a very important role in this whole process. Food products tested can range from processed foods to agricultural commodities, from the field to the store. The testing can be done on raw materials, the product during its processing and production, as well as the finished products.
Food Safety and Standards Act
The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, (FSSA) is an Act of Parliament enacted in the 57th Year of the Republic of India, and received the assent of the President on August 23, 2006. The Act consolidated the laws relating to food and established the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
The FSSAI lays down science-based standards for articles of food and regulates their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, and ensures availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption and deals with associated matters. The FSSAI notifies food laboratories and research institutions accredited by NABL for the purposes of carrying out analysis of food samples by the food testing labs. The FSSAI establishes or recognises one or more referral food laboratories to carry out the functions entrusted to the referral food laboratory. The food testing labs appointed by the commissioner of food safety, analyses the food samples and submits the report within a period of 14 days from the date of receipt of any sample, failing which, it has to justify the reason for the delay.
There are 377 standardised food products that are categorised under 13 food product categories, such as dairy products, oils and fats, fruits and vegetable products, cereals and cereal products, meat and meat products, fish and fish products etc. Others include the non-standardised food products such as proprietary and novel foods, nutraceuticals, health supplements etc. (FSSA; Section 22). As per FSSA regulations, Product Approval is required for proprietary and novel foods.
Food testing labs are very important in the entire Product Approval process, literally from “start to finish.” They generate all the food analysis data as well as safety data (from clinical trials) that is required in the application process. Further, Section 22 of FSSA indicates that food analysis data should show data on ingredients etc. Other parameters include label claims (such as in energy drinks, and functional foods like dietary and health supplements) and shelf-life study data.
Importantly, functional foods are often imported, which means that the guidelines in compliance to FSS Act, Rules & Regulations have to be met in order to obtain Product Approval from the FSSAI before applying for a licence. Hence, the role of food testing labs is very important here too.
There are currently 68 NABL-accredited, FSSAI-notified food testing labs in India, as per the latest list as of July 16, 2014. These are distributed pan-India, across four geographical regions. In the northern region there are 21 food testing labs. In the southern and western regions there are 22 labs each. The eastern region is grossly under-represented, with only three testing labs, all of which are in Kolkata. There are no food testing labs in any of the other states in the eastern region, indicating a severe lack of infrastructure in this geographic region.
Food testing labs provide services that

  • Ensure that products are in compliance with Food Safety and Standards Act, Rules and Regulations for food and food products.
  • Protect the brand equity and consumer loyalty by delivering healthy and safe food.
  • Protect consumers from any contaminated, modified and unhealthy food.
  • Ensure correct storage, shipping, packing and distribution of commodities, food ingredients and food products.
  • The food testing labs provide services in all areas of food testing, including the following categories:
  • Food Adulterant Testing: This includes testing for all sorts of adulterants, including artificial colouring agents, bulk-forming agents, texture-altering agents, additives, preservatives etc.
  • Chemical Contaminant Testing: These include a variety of substances, including organic contaminants like fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and animal tissues; and inorganic contaminants like antimony, arsenic, asbestos, barium, and cadmium.
  • Microbial Testing: Foodborne illnesses are caused by pathogens, which include naturally occurring bacteria, viruses, parasites, and toxins (mycotoxins and seafood toxins). For bacteria, which are the only pathogens routinely tested for in food samples, the testing is done for specific types of bacteria, using a variety of methods, including bacterial culture, gene probes, manual assays, as well as automated assays.
  • Drug Residue Testing: Drugs, especially antibiotics are given to poultry and other animals for disease prevention and production of better quality meat. The residues of these drugs can still remain in the meat and enter the human food chain. Therefore, there is a need to test the levels of these drug residues to check whether the levels are within the safe recommended levels.

The FSS Act requires testing of food articles to be done once in every six months through own or NABL-accredited/FSSAI-notified lab.
FSSAI recognition
The FSSAI recognises three types of labs, namely, Level 1, Level 2, and Referral lab. The Level 1 lab is competent to carry out the complete analysis as per the FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011. The Level 2 lab is competent to carry out the complete analysis as per the FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 and FSS (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011. The Referral lab has competence to carry out the analysis as per the FSS (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011 and FSS (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011. In addition the referral laboratory must have the competence on other parameters like R&D capabilities, training facilities and to perform other functions like analysis of samples, and investigation in collaboration with other labs, including those in the private sector. Currently, there are four referral labs in India along with other notified labs run by Government of India.
All laboratories have to follow scientific protocol for food testing and maintain high standards of accuracy, reliability and credibility in the operation of the laboratory and achieving and maintaining the required levels of accreditation and reliability together with high professional standards and discipline.
NABL Accreditation to ISO 17025 is a pre-requisite before the authorisation of food testing laboratory by FSSAI.
NABL Accreditation
The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) is an autonomous body under the aegis of the department of science and technology, Government of India. NABL has been established with the objective to provide government, industry associations and industry in general with a scheme for third-party assessment of the quality and technical competence of testing and calibration laboratories. Government of India has authorised NABL as the accreditation body for Testing and Calibration Laboratories as per ISO 17025.
The major sectors in which NABL has granted accreditation are textiles, automobiles, power, telecom, petroleum, food, health and environment. More than 1,600 laboratories have NABL accreditation, out of which 20% are government labs. Currently, there are 87 NABL-accredited food testing labs authorised for chemical testing of food products and while there are 98 NABL- accredited laboratories for biological testing of food products in India. Importantly, since the number of food testing labs in the public sector is comparatively less, the labs in the private sector become all the more important.
Therefore, food testing labs play a role in the whole decision-making process by generating vital analytical data and safety data that is crucial for the FBOs and FSSAI. Food testing labs form an integral part of the food industry along with various government agencies such as NABL, FSSAI and others, which help to streamline the process with the eventual goal of delivering good quality, safe food to the consumers.

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Meet on processed foods: Suvrathan wants industry to adopt self regulation

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For past few months there has a been complex scenario for the food processing industry as there are several changes taking place with regard to Product Approval and food safety aspects in regulations. To understand these regulatory changes, know the problems that are existing and seek possible solutions, Protein Foods and Nutrition Development Association of India (PFNDAI) had organised a one-day seminar on ‘Safety of Processed Food Products’ here on Friday.
The event started with the welcome address by Bhupinder Singh, chairman, PFNDAI, & CEO, Vista Processed Foods, who hoped for a fruitful interaction on food safety wherein scientists and FBOs come together and share their experience and knowledge.
The inaugural address was by Dr P I Suvrathan, former chairperson, FSSAI. He discussed issues on regulations.
Suvrathan initiated the session by stating, "There is no going back to old PFA Act but to move ahead discussing experiences, putting forth challenges and looking at possible solutions to be brought in current regulations. Currently as per the Act, the primary burden of food safety is on producers. It is they who should ensure providing safe food to consumers."
Talking about issues, he added, "Regulators seems to be hesitant to hire private sector scientists whereas they should be given opportunity to put forth industry issues. Though scientists should help to provide draft of food safety, the risk assessment and inspection should be solely done by regulators based on available law and not on saying of scientific panel."
"The important point that is missed by regulators is safety aspect with regard to unorganised food sector which contributes almost 90% of food sector. The food sold on street and mid-day school meals should be safe. Asian countries like Thailand, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka have tackled food safety of the unorganised sector effectively, then why not India," he asked.
Suggesting to make regulations simpler, Suvrathan said, "Self regulation initiative should be taken into consideration by various associations like Bakery Association in Kerala. Wherein the association itself has drafted the law, taken approval from the Centre and abiding by it."
In his keynote address on ‘How to Provide Safe Processed Foods,’ Dr Vilas Sinkar, ex-VP, R&D, Unilever, stated, "Food industry is the largest industry in India contributing majority to country’s GDP and providing largest employment in the country. The sector can expand its potential in having farm extension programme, better organised supply chain, good investment in agriculture & R&D in food, simple regulation with transparency, skilled manpower, and PPP."
From toxicology point of view, he said, “Food safety can be tackled by analysing the chemicals present in product. Regulators should take a risk-based approach wherein a hazard is identified beforehand for consumer safety. The novel ingredients should be evaluated in scientific robust way."
The Session 1 was focussed on the topic ‘Safety of Foods & Supplements.’ The session started with Ganesh Kamath, director, Vital Nutraceuticals,  focussing on regulatory aspect, he said, " It is Central government, which has power to prohibit or approve new product. Also the approval should be made by visiting a manufacturing plant, inspecting manufacturing process, the ingredients used, from where they are procured and upto how much limit is put into use."
Dr Madhavan Nair, head, micronutrients res., NIN, Hyderabad, threw light on Nutrients: Concept of RDA, UTL & NOAEL. He said, "Safety of food can be taken by researching on different essential nutrients present in the product. While analysing optimal nutrients required by body, health, saturation of tissue of the body should be understood."
"For botanicals, safety assessment is done on basis of available knowledge and information. Process of manufacturing, extraction of raw material, safety of any toxicity, pesticide should be inspected for safety of botanicals,” stated K Bala Subramanian, head, technical, Chennai Mettexlab. He spoke on Analysis & Evaluation of Safety of Botanicals.
"Analyticals challenges faced by botanical-based product manufacturer are that reference materials are hard to find, testing method and validation is limited and good compendium on botanicals is required," added Subramanian.
Session 2 talks were based on ‘Safety of Food & Food Ingredients.’
Dr J I Lewis, consultant, FSSAI, said, "Inspection system is virtually impossible with large industry and limited manpower. Also food safety is concept for not just end-product but the whole manufacturing process."
The other speakers for the session were Dr Nimish Shah, director, safety and environment assurance centre, HUL, and Niraj Raje, sr food assessor, LRQA.
The topic for Session 3 was Safety of Additives and the seminar concluded with a panel discussion on Enforcement, Sampling, Analysis and so on.
Few of the key points from the event would be sent as recommendations to FSSAI towards ensuring smoother food regulations for India.

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Food Safety Act is for citizens’ benefit, says Bombay HC

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MUMBAI: Observing that the Food Safety and Standard (FSS) Act is meant for the benefit of citizens and has direct nexus to right to life, the Bombay high court upheld the constitutional validity of the 2006 law, its provisions and the rules framed under it.

"This is a social legislation and provides for solution to the problems which would be a creation of nobody else but the members of the society,” said a bench of the HC while dismissing a bunch of petitions filed by restaurant owners and others who challenged the Act for being "violative of fundamental rights to equality, trade and life.”

Association of the Traders claiming to carry on business in various foods, Indian Hotel & Restaurant Association, Mumbai Mewa Masala Merchants Association, a registered Association of the retailers – wholesalers of dry fruits and spices had moved the HC in 2012 to set aside provisions of the Food Safety Act. Though not make clear the foundation of the challenge, the traders said the Act had "vague and excessive” provisions that affected their business and could be prone to abuse.

The HC found no merit in the challenge but in fact said, "we cannot lose sight of the evil which is sought to be remedied by this Act…Humans have a tendency to deal in food products which would not be safe for human consumption…”

The court suggested that it was "every citizen’s fundamental duty to nurture such morals, ideals and discipline” to eliminate the availability of unsafe food in the market through "sheer social responsibility.” The court went by the legal concept of construing a law that makes it effective, rather than voiding it. The HC held that every officer and authority in charge of implementing the FSS Act that governs food safety and regulates manufacture, storage, sale and import food safe for human consumption in India have an "onerous responsibility” and must not derelict either.

The HC said that the Act "serves a pivotal role in securing the citizens a minimum degree of purity in food and preserve public health. It is aimed at preventing fraud on the consumers and those who are guilty of endangering human life by indulging and dealing with the unsafe food are required to be dealt with iron hands.”
"If the provisions intend to curb such social evil, we are of the considered opinion that the challenge as raised by the petitioners on every count ought to fail.”

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Food safety tools sharpened

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The Health Department took a major step forward in the enforcement of food safety regulations across the State when it entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Central Food Technological Research Institute, Mysuru, for enhancing the State’s laboratory capabilities.
Kerala is the first State to enter into a formal agreement with the CFTRI, one of the referral labs for food analysis under the CSIR, for the enforcement of Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar, who formally inaugurated the MoU signing function, said.
He said the State would strictly enforce the mandatory FSSA licence/registration for food-related businesses. Anganwadis, school canteens, hostels, and mass feeding or mass food distribution by religious organisations and institutions would be brought under the ambit of the FSSA.
Strict enforcement
The concept of food safety and the public’s right to safe and hygienic food have been gaining much ground in Kerala in recent times, especially after the food safety wing began strengthening the enforcement of regulations guiding food safety, Health Secretary K. Ellangovan said.
An increasing number of judicial pronouncements in recent times in the enforcement of food safety has boosted the awareness of consumers and the confidence of food safety enforcement officials.
Improving labs
Enhancing the capability of the State laboratories in the scientific analysis of food and various aspects of what makes a food safe or unsafe for consumption is thus the natural step forward in ensuring food safety.
Director of the CFTRI Ram Rajasekharan said the State’s commitment to ensuring food safety would inspire others to do more in the area of food safety
Under the terms of the MoU, which will initially be for 18 months, the CFTRI will lend its technical capabilities in modernising and strengthening the State analytical laboratories in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, and Kozhikode.
Scientists’ training
Over 100 scientists and laboratory staff in the State laboratories will undergo training at the CFTRI, which has the expertise to conduct over 250 chemical and biological tests in the area of food analysis.
Some of the areas that the State food safety wing has specified include tests for detecting the presence of antibiotics/hormones in meat and poultry, formalin, mercury in fish, trans fats and acrylamide in fried foods, and safe limits for food additives/preservatives. The CFTRI will also conduct food-related studies for the State as and when requested.
The MoU was signed by Commissioner of Food Safety T.V. Anupama and CFTRI administrative officer Mallika P. Kumar.
State government inks MoU with CFTRIto enhance lab capabilities.

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Bakery items destroyed

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Food Safety Officer R.V. Ravi inspecting a bakery in Udhagamandalam on Monday.
Officials from Food Safety and Drug Administration Department in The Nilgiris conducted a surprise raid in the baking and manufacturing units of two bakeries in Udhagamandalam on Monday and destroyed baked items prepared and kept under unhygienic conditions.
Food Safety Officer for The Nilgiris R.V. Ravi said that the raid was conducted based on complaints from public that ‘varkey’ and other bakery products such as cakes were made under unhygienic conditions and that it posed a threat to public health.
On Monday, the raid was conducted in two manufacturing units at Bombay Castle area in the town.
The units had their bakeries at another place in the town. “We found the raw materials and products kept in poor conditions and destroyed the raw materials and finished items,” he said.
The units were warned to maintain quality of food items and to maintain baking units clean and neat. Dr. Ravi said that they would continue action against such units in the town as they are much sought after by people of the town and are in demand among tourists, too.

கேரள சுற்றுலா பயணிகள் வாந்தி, மயக்கம் கன்னியாகுமரி ஓட்டலுக்கு சீல் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிரடி

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கன் னி யா கு மரி, செப். 22:
கன் னி யா கு ம ரி யில் நேற்று முன் தி னம் கேர ளாவை சேர்ந்த 16 பேர் சுற் றுலா வந் த னர். பல் வேறு இடங் களை சுற்றி பார்த் து விட்டு காவல் நிலை யம் அருகே பஸ் நிறுத் தம் எதி ரே உள்ள ஓட்ட லில் அனை வ ரும் உண வ ருந் தி னர். அதன் பி றகு பூம் பு கார் கப் பல் போக் கு வ ரத்து கழக படகு சேவை மூலம் விவே கா னந் தர் நினைவு மண் ட பத்தை பார் வை யிட பட கில் சென் ற னர். அப் போது சில ருக்கு வாந்தி, மயக் கம் ஏற் பட்டது. உட ன டி யாக அனை வ ரும் கன் னி யா கு மரி அரசு மருத் து வ ம னை யில் அனு ம திக் கப் பட்ட னர். இதில் 3 பேர் தொடர் சிகிச் சை யில் உள் ள னர். மற் ற வர் கள் சிகிச் சைக்கு பின் னர் வீடு திரும் பி னர். சுற் றுலா பய ணி கள் சாப் பிட்ட உண வில் விஷத் தன்மை கலந் துள் ள தாக தெரி விக் கப் பட்டது. இது குறித்து உணவு பாது காப்பு துறை நிய மன அலு வ ல ருக்கு தக வல் தெரி விக் கப் பட்டது. உணவு பாது காப்பு துறை நிய மன அலு வ லர் டாக் டர் சாலோ டீ சன், அகஸ் தீஸ் வ ரம் வட்டார அதி காரி பிர வின் ரகு, கன் னி யா கு மரி பேரூ ராட்சி சுகா தார அலு வ லர் முகை தீன் பிச்சை ஆகி யோர் சம் பந் தப் பட்ட ஓட்ட லுக்கு சென்று கடை யில் இருந்த உணவு பண் டங் களை ஆய்வு செய் த னர்.
ஓட்ட லில் இருந்த பழைய உணவு பண் டங் களை கைப் பற்றி அதனை அதி கா ரி கள் ஆய் வுக்கு அனுப்பி வைத் த னர். மேலும் முறை யான அனு மதி இல் லா மல் ஓட்டல் நடத் து வது தெரி ய வந் த தால் ஓட்ட லுக்கு சீல் வைத் த னர். 15 நாட் களுக் குள் முறை யான ஆவ ணங் களை சமர்ப் பிக்க வேண் டும் என ஓட்டல் நடத் தி ய வர் களி டம் அதி கா ரி கள் தெரி வித் த னர். பின் னர் அரு கில் உள்ள ஓட்டல் களி லும் ஆய்வு நடத்தி, தர மான பொருட் க ளால் உணவு பண் டங் கள் தயா ரிக்க வேண் டும். பிரீ ச ரில் வைத்த நாள் பட்ட உணவு பொருட் களை பயன் ப டுத்த கூடாது. மீறி னால் கடும் நட வ டிக்கை எடுக் கப் ப டும் என எச் ச ரித் த னர்.

கோவை மக்களிடையே உணவுப் பொருள் தர விழிப்புணர்வு அதிகரிப்பு: அதிகாரிகள் பெருமிதம்

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கோவை மாவட்டத்தில் உணவுப் பொருள் தரம் குறித்து புகார்கள் அதிகரித்து வருவதாக அதிகாரிகள் தெரிவிக்கின்றனர்.

முன்பெல்லாம் உணவுப் பொருட்களில் தரம் குறைவாக இருந்தாலோ அல்லது கலப்படம் இருந்தாலோ லேசான தயக்கத்துடன் அதை உட்கொள்ளும் பழக்கம் இருந்தது. உடல்நலப் பிரச்சினைகள் ஏற்படும்போது மட்டுமே உணவுப் பொருட்களின் தரம் மீதான கேள்வி எழும் நிலை காணப்பட்டது. ஆனால் இப்போது உணவுப் பொருட்களின் தரம் மீதான புகார்கள் நாளுக்கு நாள் அதிகரித்து வருகின்றன. தரம் குறைந்த உணவுப் பொருட்களின் விற்பனை எப்போதுமே இருந்து கொண்டுதான் இருக்கும். ஆனால் அதைக் கண்டறியும் விழிப்புணர்வு பொதுமக்களிடம் அதிகரித்துள்ளது என்கின்றனர் உணவுப் பாதுகாப்புத் துறை அதிகாரிகள்.

நூடுல்ஸ் மற்றும் பாக்கெட் உணவுப் பொருட்களின் தரம் குறித்து எழுந்த பிரச்சினைகள், பொதுமக்களிடையே பெரும் தாக்கத்தை ஏற்படுத்தியுள்ளன. இதனால் உணவுப் பொருட்களின் காலாவதியாகும் காலம், தரம், தயாரிப்பு நிறுவனம் ஆகியவற்றை பார்த்து அவற்றை வாங்கும் நிலை ஏற்பட்டுள்ளது.

இதுகுறித்து கோவை மாவட்ட உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் தரக்கட்டுப்பாட்டு நியமன அலுவலர் கதிரவன் கூறியதாவது:

கடந்த 3 ஆண்டுகளாக வழக்கமாக 30 சதவீத புகார்கள் மட்டுமே பதிவாகி வந்தன. ஆனால் இந்த ஆண்டு 9 மாதங்களில் புகார்கள் எண்ணிக்கை 2 மடங்காக அதிகரித்துள்ளது. இதுவரை 57 புகார்கள் வந்துள்ளன. அனைத்துமே எழுத்துப்பூர்வ ஆதாரங்களுடன் பதிவு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளன. மக்களிடம் ஏற்பட்டுள்ள விழிப்புணர்வு, உணவு பாதுகாப்புத் துறை மீதான நம்பிக்கை, துறை ரீதியான நடவடிக்கை ஆகியவற்றின் பலனால் இந்த இலக்கு எட்டப்பட்டுள்ளது. இதில், நகர்ப்புறங்களிலிருந்து 70 சதவீத புகார்களும், கிராமப்புறங்களிலிருந்து 30 சதவீத புகார்களும் வருகின்றன.

பலர் மின்னஞ்சல் மூலமும், வாட்ஸ்அப் மூலமும் புகைப்படங்களுடன் புகாரை பதிவு செய்கின்றனர்.

உணவுப் பாதுகாப்புத் துறையில் நேரடியாக புகார் அளிப்பது எப்படி எனத் தெரியாதவர்கள் பத்திரிகை, செய்தி சேனல்கள் வாயிலாக செய்திகளை பதிவு செய்கின்றனர். இதையடுத்து அந்த புகார், துறை ரீதியாக விசாரிக்கப்படுகிறது. பொதுமக்களுக்கு ஏற்பட்டுள்ள விழிப்புணர்வில் ஊடகங்களும் முக்கியப் பங்கு வகிக்கின்றன. உணவுப் பொருள் சுகாதாரத்தை காக்கும் வகையில் உணவகங்கள், துரித உணவகங்களில் சோதனை நடத்தி அறிவுறுத்தப்பட்டு வருகிறது. துரித உணவு தயாரிப்பு தள்ளு வண்டிக் கடை நடத்துபவர்களுக்கு சுகாதாரம் குறித்து பயிற்சி வகுப்புகளை நடத்தி வருகிறோம். இவ்வாறு அவர் தெரிவித்தார்.

நீங்கியது இடையூறு

தமிழகத்திலிருந்து கேரளத்துக்கு கொண்டு செல்லும் காய்கறிகள், பால் உள்ளிட்டவற்றின் தரம் குறித்த பிரச்சினை கடந்த சில மாதங்களாக நிலவி வந்தது. இந்நிலையில் உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு தர நிர்ணய உரிமத்தை கேரள அதிகாரிகள் கட்டாயப்படுத்துவதாக கூறப்பட்டது. இந்நிலையில் முதல் முறையாக இந்த ஆண்டு கோவை மாவட்டத்தில் 300 வியாபாரிகள் உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு தர நிர்ணய உரிமத்தை பெற்றுள்ளதாக உணவுப் பாதுகாப்புத் துறையினர் தெரிவித்தனர்.

கடந்த காலங்களில் ஒவ்வோர் ஆண்டும் சராசரியாக 20 வியாபாரிகள் வரை மட்டுமே இந்த உரிமம் பெற்று வந்தனர். கேரள கெடுபிடிகள், துறை ரீதியான நடவடிக்கைகள் காரணமாக இந்த ஆண்டு 99 சதவீத வியாபாரிகள் உரிமம் பெற்றுள்ளனர். இதனால் தமிழக உணவுப் பொருட்கள் விற்பனையில் நிலவி வந்த இடையூறு நீங்கியுள்ளது.

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