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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.

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IPA seeks health ministry nod for B Pharm as qualification for FSO, analyst

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Indian Pharmaceutical Association (IPA) has suggested to the ministry of health and family welfare to include B Pharm graduation as a qualification for recruitment as food safety officer and food analyst under the Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2011.
This is in response to the comments sought by the ministry of health and family welfare on the proposed amendments of the Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2011. In fact, the association had already represented vide letters No. IPA/110/164 dated August 25, 2014, and IPA/110/215 dated December 29,2014.
The association in its third reply vide IPA/110/355 dated September 22,2015, to the ministry stated Rule 2.1.3 of the FSS Rules 2011 prescribed, food safety officer should be a whole-time officer and with a degree in food technology or dairy technology or biotechnology or oil technology or agricultural science. A second option provided is for graduates in veterinary science or biochemistry or microbiology or master’s degree in chemistry or degree in medicine from a recognised university. The third preference is for any equivalent and recognised qualification notified by the Central government. In the fourth option, the government called for a successful completion of training as specified by the food authority in a recognised institute approved for the purpose.
Rule 2.1.4 of FSS Rules 2011, prescribed that a person cannot be qualified for appointment without a  master’s degree in chemistry or biochemistry or microbiology or dairy chemistry or food technology, food and nutrition. Alternatively, the candidate could hold a bachelor’s degree of technology in dairy /oil or hold a degree in veterinary sciences from an established university or is an associate of the Institution of Chemists (India) by examination in the section of food analysts notified by the Central government.
“We are surprised that a host of personnel having various qualifications in science, medicine, agriculture, biotechnology and even the associate of the Institution of Chemists are qualified for the post but unfortunately B Pharm graduates have not found a place in it,” stated Kaushik Desai, honorary general secretary, Indian Pharmaceutical Association, in his communication to ministry of health.
When going through the nature of the job, B Pharm graduates are the best suited for the posts due to the subjects that they study in the curriculum of their four years of education. B Pharm candidates develop adequate specialised skills to perform the job specified in both the posts. Further B Pharm degree includes pharmaceutical chemistry, pharmaceutical technology, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmaceutical analysis, instrument analysis, pharmaceutical engineering, pharmacology,and toxicology which cover the total aspects of the specified jobs in the two posts. The manufacture of food items, its packaging and analysis are similar to drugs and pharmaceuticals, according to him. 
“Hence B Pharm, by virtue of its curriculum content and training becomes one of the best suited qualifications for performing the duties of a food safety officer and food analyst. Moreover, these candidates have shown their competence in these areas in the past. Therefore, the injustice meted out to B Pharm can be readdressed by including B Pharm and M Pharm as one of the qualifications by amending Rule 2.1.3 and 2,1.4 of the FSS Rules 2011,” pointed out Desai.

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Nine industry bodies to launch nationwide agitation against FSSAI soon

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A National Joint Action Committee has been formed by nine food and allied industries bodies to highlight the issues that they have been facing by launching a nationwide agitation against FSSAI soon. To begin with, the committee has demanded refund of Rs 80 crore charged by FSSAI towards Product Approval application charges from traders when the system was in vogue prior to the Supreme Court order against it. Meanwhile, Nripendra Mishra, principal secretary, Prime Minister’s Office, has asked four ministries – food processing industries; health and family welfare; commerce; and consumer affairs; to send note regarding the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, which is under review in wake of issues such as Product Approval.
According to sources, Mishra has asked the ministries to send their feedback on the said Act so that provisions can be reviewed keeping in view the concerns raised by the stakeholders. Mishra had last year also intervened into the matter, whereby the PMO had brokered an agreement that proprietary food using approved ingredients and additives does not require Product Approval.
However, FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) continued its Product Approval policy.
More recently Harsimrat Badal, Union minister food processing industries, had informed that a Task Force had been setup by the PMO to review the issues pertaining to better coordination with regards to FSS Act amongst various ministries. The Task Force was set up in the backdrop of ban on Maggi.
Even as the Task Force continues with the review, the joint action committee has demanded refund of Rs 80 crore charged from traders or FBOs (food business operators).
The advisory regarding Product Approval was issued in 2013 and Rs 25,000 was the charge per application collected from FBOs (food business operators) seeking Product Approval.
Further, the committee has decided to hold its first meeting soon to chalk out plan for the nationwide agitation against FSSAI.
“Since 2013 the FSSAI has issued about 15 different advisories which are in public domain and with order of Supreme Court, all such advisories tend to be redundant and as such liable to be withdrawn. It has been further demanded that about Rs 80 crore have been collected by FSSAI for Product Approval through advisory and since advisory has no locus standi, the said funds should either be refunded to persons from whom collected or should be used for Clean India drive of prime minister. FSSAI has no propriety to keep such funds with it,” said the joint statement issued by the committee. The members added that they had urged the health minister to take immediate cognisance of the matter and take action so that FBOs may not be harassed by the administrative system.
In addition to the statement, Praveen Khandelwal, secretary-general, Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) informed that as a consequence of order of Supreme Court delivered on August 19,2015, which set aside the authority of FSSAI for issuing advisories and regulating the food industry in the country through such advisories, nine national organisations of stakeholders of food industry joined hands together and formed a National Joint Action Committee to launch a nationwide campaign against “autocratic attitude” of FSSAI and to make a strong public advocacy in the country for review and overhauling of rules and regulations of Food Safety & Standards Act.
CAIT, Indian Drugs Manufacturers Association, Indian Hotel & Restaurant Association, Protein Food & Nutrition Development Association of India, Federation of Pharma Entrepreneurs, All India Food Processors Association, Retail Druggist & Chemists Association, All India Transport Welfare Association and Bhartiya Kisan Morcha are the members of the committee.
In the context of the order of the apex court which held that advisories issued by FSSAI of India do not have the force of law, the committee demanded Union health minister J P Nadda that all advisories issued by FSSAI since year 2013 should be withdrawn immediately to give respect to the apex court order.
The committee also suggested the Union health minister to constitute a Joint Committee of Senior Officials and representatives of stakeholders to suggest amendments to FSS Act. The present Act is designed to promote packaged food business in the country and the MNCs and it is far from ground realities and that of Indian food habits. The traders are committed to provide safe and standard food in the country but the Act needs diagonal changes, it said.

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கடைகளில் காலாவதி பொருட்கள் பறிமுதல் பஸ் ஸ்டாண்டு பகுதியில் அதிகாரிகள் அதிரடி நடவடிக்கை

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திண்டுக்கல், :  திண்டுக்கல்லில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையினர் பஸ் ஸ்டாண்டு பகுதியில் உள்ள கடைகளில் காலாவதியான பொருட்களை பறிமுதல் செய்து அழித்தனர்.மத்திய அரசின் ஸ்மார்ட் சிட்டியில் திண்டுக்கல் மாநகராட்சி இடம் பெறுகிறது. அதற்காக உள்கட்டமைப்பு பணிகள் நடந்து வருகிறது. நேற்று முன்தினம் கலெக்டர் ஹரிஹரன் தலைமையில் ஆலோசனை கூட்டம் நடந்தது. அதில் நகர் பகுதிகளில் ஹோட்டல், டீக்கடைகள, மருந்துக்கடைகள், சாலையோர தள்ளுவண்டி கடைகள் ஆகியவற்றில் தரமான பொருட்கள் விற்கப்படுகிறதா? என்பது குறித்து ஆய்வு செய்ய கலெக்டர் உத்தரவிட்டார்.
அதன்படி நேற்று உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையினர் திண்டுக்கல் பஸ் ஸ்டாண்டு பகுதிகளில் உள்ள கடைகளில் திடீர் ஆய்வு மேற்கொண்டனர். காலாவதியான பொருட்கள், மனித உடல்களுக்கு தீங்கு ஏற்படுத்த கூடிய உணவு பொருட்கள், அழுகிய பழங்கள் விற்பனை உள்ளிட்டவைகள் குறித்து ஆய்வு நடத்தினர்.மாவட்ட நியமன அலுவலர் டாக்டர் சாம்இளங்கோ, திண்டுக்கல் நகர் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் செல்வம், பாண்டியராஜ் உள்ளிட்ட குழுவினர் ஆய்வு மேற்கொண்டனர்.
அப்போது சாலையோர கடைகளில் அதிக சிவப்பு பொடிகளை பயன்படுத்தி தயாரிக்கப்பட்ட 15 கிலோ பொறிக்கப்பட்ட சிக்கன்களை பறிமுதல் செய்து அழித்தனர். மருந்துகடைகளில் காலாவதியான பொருட்கள், டீக்கடைகளில் தரமற்ற உணவு பொருட்கள் விற்பனை உள்ளிட்டவைகளை பறிமுதல் செய்தனர்.இதுபோன்ற செயல்களில் ஈடுபடும் உரிமையாளர்கள் மீது ரூ.1 முதல் 2 லட்சம் வரை அபராதம் விதிக்கப்படும். அதுமட்டுமின்றி சட்ட ரீதியான சீல் நடவடிக்கைகளும் மேற்கொள்ளப்படும் என்று அதிகாரிகள் அறிவுறுத்தினர்.

Categories: Dindigul, DISTRICT-NEWS

பண்ருட்டியில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் ஆய்வு

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Categories: Cuddalore, DISTRICT-NEWS