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சேலம் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிக்கு கொலை மிரட்டல்: வின்ஸ்டார் இந்தியா நிறுவன அதிபர் திடீர் தலைமறைவு

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சேலம் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிக்கு கொலை மிரட்டல்: வின்ஸ்டார் இந்தியா நிறுவன அதிபர் திடீர் தலைமறைவு

சேலம், செப் 24–

சேலம் புதிய பஸ் நிலையம் அருகே வின்ஸ்டார் இந்தியா ரியல் எஸ்டேட் நிறுவனம் இயங்கி வருகிறது. இந்த நிறுவனம் மூலம் பி.ஏ. ஆக்ரோ பூட்ஸ் நிறுவனத்திடம் இருந்து நெல்லிக்காய் பானம் மற்றும் காற்றாழை சாறு ஆகியவை வாங்கி விற்பனை செய்யப்பட்டு வந்தது.

இந்த நெல்லிக்காய் பானத்தில் அளவுக்கு அதிகமான ஆசிட் கலப்பு இருப்பதாக சேலம் மாவட்ட கலெக்டர் வா.சம்பத்துக்கு புகார்கள் வந்தது. இதன் மீது விசாரிக்க அவர் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிக்கு உத்தரவிட்டார்.

இதன் பேரில் சேலம் மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி டாக்டர் அனுராதா கடந்த 13–ந்தேதி வின்ஸ்டார் இந்தியா நிறுவனத்தில் ஆய்வு செய்தார், நெல்லிக்காய் சாறின் மாதிரி எடுத்து சேலம் பகுப்பாய்வு சோதனை கூடத்திற்கு அனுப்பி வைத்தார். இந்த சோதனையின் போது நெல்லிக்காய் சாறு தரக்குறைவானது என்றும், பாதுகாப்பு இல்லாதது என்றும் தெரியவந்தது. இதையடுத்து நெல்லிச்சாறு விற்பனைக்கு தடை விதித்து உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி அனுராதா நோட்டீஸ் அனுப்பினார். மேலும் தடை விதிக்கப்பட்ட அந்த நெல்லிச்சாறினை விற்றால் அவர்கள் மீது கடும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும் என்று அவர் எச்சரிக்கை விடுத்தார். இதனால் நெல்லிச்சாறு விற்பனை முற்றிலும் குறைந்தது.

அதை வாங்கி விற்றவர்கள் திருப்பி கொடுக்க ஆரம்பித்தனர். இதனால் இந்த நிறுவனத்திற்கு நெருக்கடி ஏற்பட்டது.

இந்த நிலையில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி அனுராதாவிற்கு செல்போனில் கொலை மிரட்டல் வந்தது. தொடர்ந்து அவருக்கு மிரட்டல் வந்த வண்ணம் இருந்ததால் அதிர்ச்சி அடைந்த அனுராதா நேற்று மாலை சேலம் மாநகர போலீஸ் கமிஷனர் அமல்ராஜ் சந்தித்து புகார் மனு கொடுத்தார். அந்த மனுவில் அவர் கூறி இருப்பதாவது:–

வின்ஸ்டார் இந்தியா நிறுவன பானங்களை ஆய்வு செய்த பின்னர் அதன் உரிமையாளர் சிவக்குமார் செலபோனில் தொடர்பு கொண்டு ஆபாசமாக பேசியும், கொலை மிரட்டல் விடுத்தார். அந்த நிறுவனத்திற்கு சொந்தமான உள்ளூர் தொலைக்காட்சி சேனலில் என்னைப்பற்றி அவதூறாகவும், எனது பதவிக்கும், என் பெயருக்கும் களங்கம் விளைவிக்கும் வகையில் பேசி உள்ளார். எனவே இதுகுறித்து விசாரணை நடத்தி சட்ட ரீதியான நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும்.

இவ்வாறு அவர் கூறி உள்ளார்.

இந்த புகாரின் பேரில் சேலம் போலீஸ் கமிஷனர் அமல்ராஜ் இதுபற்றி விசாரிக்க தனிப்படை அமைத்தார். தனிப்படை போலீசார் பெண் அதிகாரி செல்போனில் யார் யார் மிரட்டினார்கள் என்பது குறித்து விசாரணை நடத்தி வருகிறார்கள்.

இதற்கிடையில் வின்ஸ்டார் இந்தியா நிறுவன அதிபர் சிவக்குமார் திடீரென தலைமறைவாகி விட்டார். அவரது செல்போன் சுவிட்ச் ஆப் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது. அவர் தற்போது எங்கு உள்ளார் என தெரியவில்லை. தினமும் இரவு அவர் தான் நடத்தி வரும் உள்ளூர் சேனலில் நேரலையில் பொதுமக்களின் கேள்விகளுக்கு பதில் அளிப்பார் ஆனால் கடந்த 2 நாட்களாக டி.வி. நேரலையில் அவர் வரவில்லை. அவரை தேடி கண்டுபிடிக்கும் பணியில் போலீசார் தீவிரமாக ஈடுபட்டு வருகிறார்கள். சிவக்குமார் திடீரென தலைமறைவாகி விட்டதால் நெல்லிச்சாறு பானத்திற்காக பணம் கட்டிய ஏஜெண்டுகள் அதிர்ச்சியில் உறைந்து போய் உள்ளனர்.

இந்த சம்பவம் சேலத்தில் பெரும் பரபரப்பை ஏற்படுத்தி உள்ளது.

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Salem

வெல்ல ஆலைகளில் உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு துறையினர் திடீர் ஆய்வு

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பரமத்தி வேலூர் வட்டத்தில், உணவுப் பாதுகாப்புத் துறையினர் புதன்கிழமை வெல்லம் காய்ச்சும் ஆலைகளில் திடீர் ஆய்வு செய்தனர். இதில், பதுக்கி வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்த 110 சர்க்கரை மூட்டைகளை முடக்கம் செய்தனர்.

பரமத்தி வேலூர் வட்டம், சோழசிராமணி, ஜேடர்பாளையம், பிலிக்கல்பாளையம், கபிலர்மலை உள்ளிட்ட சுற்றுப் பகுதிகளில் ஆயிரத்துக்கும் மேற்பட்ட ஏக்கரில் கரும்பு சாகுபடி செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளது. இங்கு விளையும் கரும்பை பிலிக்கல்பாளையத்தை சுற்றியுள்ள 200-க்கும் மேற்பட்ட தனியார் வெல்ல ஆலைகளில் விவசாயிகள் விற்பனை செய்கின்றனர். இங்கு உருண்டை, அச்சு வெல்லங்கள் உற்பத்தி செய்யப்படுகிறது.

இங்கு உற்பத்தி செய்யப்படும் வெல்லம், பிலிக்கல்பாளையம் வெல்ல ஏலச் சந்தையில் விற்பனை செய்யப்படுகிறது. இப் பகுதியில் உள்ள வெல்ல ஆலைகளில், வெல்லப் பாகுடன் சர்க்கரை, (அஸ்கா) ரசாயனப் பொருள்கள் கலப்பதாக நாமக்கல் மாவட்ட ஆட்சியர் வி.தட்சிணாமூர்த்திக்கு விவசாயிகள் அளித்த தகவலின்படி, மாவட்ட உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு நியமன அலுவலர் தமிழ்ச்செல்வன் தலைமையில் உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர்கள் சிவசண்முகம், சிவநேசன், இளங்கோவன் ஆகியோர் கொண்ட குழுவினர் கொந்தளம், செல்லப்பம்பாளையம், சாணார்பாளையம், பொன்மலர்பாளையம் உள்ளிட்ட 20-க்கும் மேற்பட்ட வெல்லம் காய்ச்சும் ஆலைகளில் ஆய்வு மேற்கொண்டனர்.

ஆய்வில் 7 வெல்ல ஆலையில் உருண்டை வெல்லத்திலும், அச்சுவெல்லத்திலும் சர்க்கரை கலந்திருப்பது தெரியவந்தது. இதையடுத்து, உருண்டை, அச்சு வெல்ல மாதிரி எடுக்கப்பட்டு உணவுப் பகுப்பாய்வுக் கூடத்துக்கு அனுப்பப்பட்டது. மேலும், பதுக்கி வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்த 110 சர்க்கரை மூட்டைகளையும் பகுப்பாய்வின் அறிக்கையின் முடிவு வரும் வரை அதிகாரிகள் முடக்கம் செய்தனர்.

பகுப்பாய்வு அறிக்கை முடிவில் தவறுகள் கண்டறியப்பட்டால், உணவுப் பாதுகாப்புத் தர நிர்ணய சட்டத்தின்படி கடும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும் என மாவட்ட நியமன அலுவலர் தமிழ்செல்வன் எச்சரிக்கை விடுத்தார். மேலும், இது போன்ற ஆய்வு தொடர்ந்து நடைபெறும் என்றார்.

ஆய்வின்போது பதட்டமான சூழ்நிலை நிலவியதால், போலீஸாரும், வருவாய்த் துறையினரும் உடன் இருந்தனர்.

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Namakkal

FDCA to strengthen online regulatory system to up food safety in Gujarat

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In a move to strengthen the overall regulatory system in the state, the Gujarat FDCA (Food and Drugs Control Administration) is soon planning to adopt and implement its renowned IT software and online application system namely the XLN software across its food division, to ensure food safety measures in line with that of drugs. With this move, the state regulators aim to have a more systematic approach towards regulating and controlling over 2 lakh registered food business operators (FBOs) across the state under the Food Safety & Standards Regulations, 2011

It is understood that Gujarat FDCA is already in the last leg of finalising the project, which is expected to go on floors soon, with an investment of Rs 40 lakh for hardware and software development along with skill appraisals and training of food officials for the same. If things go as planned, the regulators hope to see the online food monitoring and licensing system to begin its operation successfully within a year’s time.

Interestingly, unlike NIC (National Informatics Centre), which usually undertakes online or IT application projects for the government agencies, this time the Gujarat Informatics Ltd (GIL) will be doing this project for the state regulators. Dr Hemant G Koshia, commissioner, FDCA, Gujarat, stressed that since NIC was overloaded with additional work from across the country with a surge in e-governance initiatives undertaken nationwide, they decided to get the assistance of GIL.

“Our main purpose is to implement and start the operations of this system at the earliest, so that we can improvise and boost the standard of our food safety initiatives. Like our previous endeavours targeted in safeguarding the health of the citizens through IT intervention and e-governance initiative for the drug safety, we are more than excited to adopt the same for food as well. This is sure to bring in easy and efficient dissemination of all the vital information in time, upgrading our regulatory capacity while bringing in better transparency in our work culture. Most importantly it is targeted to achieve the best consumer safety measure, as health of our citizens is our prior concern,” he added.

Right now all the regulatory and monitoring functions of food related activities are conducted through taluka, corporations and district level offices. Once the IT application or software is linked through it will aid in faster delivery of services with easy access to test results for regulatory purpose and less bureaucratic hurdles for the stakeholders.

Currently out of the 2 lakh registered FBOs, nearly 50,000 are registered as manufacturers whereas the rest of the 1.5 lakh FBOs are registered as wholesalers, retailers or hawkers. It is important to note that Gujarat is a major hub for spices and condiments as well as food processing units, especially with it being one of the major producers and exporters of potatoes and mangoes from the country. In fact, Dr Koshia informed that Gujarat had the country’s largest number of food processing units especially once dedicated to potato chips or fingers, which are manufactured and distributed globally for consumption.

With this project underway, the Gujarat FDCA becomes yet again the first state regulator to conceptualise and implement such a well-planned and structured e-governance initiative in the country for food safety.

Categories: NEWS

China to introduce stronger food safety law from October 1: CFDA official

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China is all set to introduce a stronger food safety law from October 1, 2015, according to a senior official from China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA).

Guo Wenqi made the remark at a seminar on food safety and rule of law in Guangzhou, capital city of south China’s Guangdong Province.

In April, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s top legislature, adopted an amendment to the 2009 Food Safety Law with the heaviest civil, administrative and criminal penalties yet for offenders and their supervisors.

According to Guo Xiaoguang, head of CFDA Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement, the CFDA has been working with a dozen agencies, including financial institutions, taxation and fiscal departments, on dealing with serious food safety violators.

Enterprises that violate the revised law may face restrictions on loans, taxation, bidding and land use. The CFDA will also provide bigger rewards to whistleblowers.

Hua Jingfeng, deputy head of Public Order Administration at the Ministry of Public Security, said, "We encourage tip-offs from the public and food industry associations."

He said the ministry wants trained police specialised in food crime and so far 21 provincial public security departments have set up food safety teams.

Guan Yingshi from the SPC said people’s courts are taking measures to promote public awareness of food safety law. For example, trials of some notorious food crimes will be on live broadcast.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate will take action over neglect of duty in food production as well as safety supervision.

"By analysing the underlying causes of the cases through investigations and trials and drawing lesson from them, the SPP will be able to give advice and help businesses set up regulations and fix loopholes," said Huo Yapeng of the SPP.

Categories: NEWS

Outgoing FSSAI chief Yudhvir Singh Malik kept in the dark about his transfer

24,September, 2015 1 comment
 

Malik, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was the man behind the ban of Nestle’s popular noodle brand Maggi for having higher than permissible levels of lead.

NEW DELHI: The outgoing chief of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) Yudhvir Singh Malik has suggested that he was completely in the dark about his shift to Niti Aayog, the latest in a growing list of bureaucrats to be taken by surprise by sudden transfers.

Malik, who has been at the FSSAI for just about a year, was transferred late on Tuesday and will take up his new position as an additional secretary in the Niti Aayog on Thursday.

Asked by ET how he came to know about his transfer, he said: "Never ever in my 30-year career have I been called by someone and asked if I have been transferred. I said, ‘I don’t know’."

He declined to comment on possible reasons for his transfer, especially if it was his hardline stance during the Maggi noodles controversy, which cost him his job.

Malik, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was the man behind the ban of Nestle’s popular noodle brand Maggi for having higher than permissible levels of lead, and faced opprobrium from the food industry, especially the multinational food companies, for the manner in which the FSSAI went about its business.

The FSSAI also drew fire from within the government too, with Union Food Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal criticising it for fostering an "inspector raj" that put at risk companies’ expansion plans and defeating the Modi administration’s Make in India initiative.

Malik declined to comment when asked if pressure from multinational firms had anything to do with his transfer, only saying he would take up his new role with dedication.

Representatives of five industry associations CII, FICCI, ASOCHAM, PHD Chamber and AIFPA, whose members include top domestic producers and the Indian arms of international food and beverage makers such as Britannia, Coca-Cola and Mondelez, had raised concerns at a meeting with the health secretary, to resolve the "crisis" sparked by the Maggi ban. It is understood the ministry of food processing, PMO and other ministries wanted issues related to food safety and standards to be resolved at the earliest.

FSSAI, which comes under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, had banned Swiss-based Nestle’s Maggi noodles in June, stating that the snack was ‘unsafe and hazardous’ after its tests found the presence of lead above permissible limits and flavour enhancer monosodium glutamate. However, the ban was later lifted by the Bombay High Court.

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Outgoing FSSAI chief twice asked govt to move SC on Maggi ban

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Till now no decision has been taken by the government on approaching the SC on upholding the ban.

Twice in the last 40 days, outgoing Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) CEO Y S Malik recommended on file that the Central government should move a Special Leave Petition (SLP) in the Supreme Court against the Bombay High Court’s order on Maggi. The last time was less than a week before his removal from the food safety authority late on Tuesday night. Till now no decision has been taken by the government on approaching the SC on upholding the ban.

The decision to move him to the Niti Aayog came exactly nine months after he took charge of the FSSAI, a tenure during which the authority took on several corporates including the decision to ban nine varieties of the Maggi instant noodles. The ban was lifted by the high court on August 13. Nestle subsequently filed a petition for revision of the order for typographical errors. The revised order was issued on September 4 and uploaded on its website September 16.

Sources in the FSSAI said that first after the August 13 order, and then again after the September 4 order, Malik noted on the file that the government had adequate ground to move an SLP in the apex court seeking upholding of the ban.

When contacted, Malik refused to comment on the matter. He is due to join Niti Aayog on Thursday.

Sources claimed that FSSAI’s pro-activeness in the matter of Maggi did not go down well within the government, which apparently viewed the move as one that would spoil the investment climate in India.

The move to remove Malik on the eve of PM Narendra Modi’s US visit seemed to further indicate the NDA government’s discomfort with “targeting” the MNCs.

The order to ban Maggi was issued on September 5, minutes before the company held a press conference announcing voluntary withdrawal of the product. The Bombay High Court held that adequate opportunity had not been given to the company to present their case.

However, sources in the health ministry said that the fact that there were apprehensions about the Maggi case marring the investment climate was informally conveyed to officials in the food authority. Sources added that the government preferred that the HC order go unchallenged.

In the recent past, there were several other instances when FSSAI turned down applications for new product approvals, including that of a Singapore based company that wanted to introduce what it called a “chocolate compound” with a 61% carbohydrate and 33% fat content.

It had also rejected a slew of products already on sale by companies like Kellogg’s and Starbucks and also issued repeated instructions to state food safety officials to disallow sale of any products that lacked proper product approvals.

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Salem FSDA official complains of harassment

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T. Anuradha, Designated Officer of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department , has preferred a complaint with the City Police Commissioner against a businessman and two others on Tuesday alleging that she was abused and threatened over phone, for banning production of two juices of the company run by the former.

Banned

Official source said that the District Collector received complaints about addition of high amounts of preservatives in the drinks amla and aloe vera juice produced by the manufacturer.

Following the complaints, TNSFDAD slapped a ban on these drinks.

Harmful to health

Official sources said that it has been proved in the tests that these two juices contained high amount of ascorbic acid and benzoic acid, which are harmful to health.

The source said that the details of the ingredients were also not mentioned on the bottles.

Based on the test reports, the officials slapped a ban on the production and marketing of amla and aloe vera juice and notice was issued to the company.

The company was also instructed to destroy the stocks.

Phone calls

Following this action, Ms. Anuradha was said to have received phone calls from R. Sivakumar, managing director of the company abusing and threatening her.

His two other supporters were also said to have threatened her over telephone. Besides, a cable TV was used to spread false reports about the officer.

Health Department

Ms. Anuradha brought this to the notice of the district administration, and also the health department authorities and sought their nod for preferring a complaint against all the three.

She preferred the complaint with the City Police Commissioner on Tuesday against all the three and also against the cable TV.

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In a First in Karnataka, 2 Shopkeepers Convicted Under Food Safety Act

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BENGALURU:Four years after the Food Safety and Standards Act come into effect, officials of the State Public Health Institute have succeeded in getting conviction for the accused in a case in Karnataka.

According to official sources, two owners of a provision store in Yellapur of Uttara Kannada district, were sentenced to three months’ simple imprisonment and penalised for Rs 10,000.

The convicted are Umesh and Sripad, proprietors of Sri Lakshmi Provision Stores. They were recently punished under Section 59(1) of the Food Safety and Standards Act, for selling artificially coloured tur dal.

Confirming that this was the first conviction after the FSSA Act came into force in August 2011, officials of Public Health Institute (PHI) appreciated the efforts of Arun V Kashibhat, In-charge Designated Officer, Uttara Kannada District.

“Keep up your public interest and safety towards people in the future also,” the Institute told Kashibhat.

The colour may cause harm to intestine or brain, a medical officer of the institute said.

According to PHI, the number of samples analysed found unsafe is 248, sub-standard is 154 and mis-branded is 272, out of 5,863 samples collected in 2013, 2014 and the first six months of 2015.

The samples collected including rice, tea powder, butter, water, tomato sauce and others.

In most parts of the state, the packaged drinking water was found unsafe as the drinking water plants are not following the ISI standards.

Non-ISI drinking water plants in dock

2013: 36 cases in Shivamogga, Kalaburagi, Bijapur and Bagalkot.

2014: 11 cases in Ballary, Haveri and Ramanagaram.

2015: 16 cases in BBMP North, Tumakuru and Yadgir.

In all three years, a total penalty of Rs 2,27,500 was recovered, besides cases being filed against non-ISI plants.

■ The total number of non-ISI drinking water plants seized across the state are 42 in 2013 and 34 in 2014.

■ Number of non-ISI plants dismantled are 74, 46 and 58 in 2013, 2014 and 2015 respectively. Electricity supply was disconnected to 82, 76 and 88 non-ISI drinking water plants.

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Man behind Maggi ban moved out of FSSAI, shifted to Niti Aayog

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Food safety watchdog FSSAI’s CEO Yudhvir Singh Malik, the man behind the ban of global giant Nestle’s popular noodle brand Maggi, was today moved out and shifted as Additional Secretary in Niti Aayog.

Malik, a 1983 batch IAS officer of Haryana cadre, was appointed to the post of Chief Executive Officer in Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) under Health and Family Welfare Ministry, only in September last year.

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet(ACC) headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the appointment of Malik as Additional Secretary in the Niti Aayog, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said.

He has been appointed in the newly created post by cancelling the appointment of Keshni Anand Arora, his batch mate from the same cadre.

It was during Malik’s tenure that samples of Maggi noodle samples were subjected to lab tests which found that it contained added Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) and lead in excess of the permissible limit.

FSSAI had on June 5 banned the instant snack that has had a level of global resonance that’s unprecedented for the Indian food regulator.

However, the ban was later lifted by the Bombay High Court with the condition that manufacturing and selling would be allowed only after fresh tests.

The ACC also approved appointments of Kavita Gupta and Kiran Soni Gupta as Textile Commissioner and Additional Secretary and Financial Adviser in Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports respectively.

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