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Gazette Notifiction on Midday Meal Samples to be checked by Food Safety Department

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11 food, pharma organisations seek CBI inquiry against FSSAI

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As many as 11 industry bodies related to food and pharma sectors on Thursday alleged that the food regulator, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has become “den of corruption” and demanded a CBI inquiry into the functioning of the authority, which shot to limelight over the Maggi issue.
These 11 associations, which have formed a National Joint Action Committee, also said that the food industry is being affected due to autocratic approach of the FSSAI.
The committee alleged irregularities in working of the food safety regulator and demanded a CBI inquiry into its affairs.
“Food safety authority has succumbed to pressure from Multi National Companies (MNCs) and wants to promote sale of packed food in India, if a trader wants to follow all the safety standards he can’t do so,” Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) Secretary General Praveen Khandelwal told reporters here.
Khandelwal alleged that FSSAI has become a “den of corruption“.
“The environment in FSSAI is like of a private limited company, it has become autocratic, there is no actual representation of consumer organisations or business organisations on its committees. And as a result food industry is on verge of being ruined. Therefore we demand a CBI inquiry into the affairs and functioning of FSSAI,” he added.
He also demanded refund of Rs 80 crore which has been collected by the authority for product approval.
“We have collected data under the RTI Act and we are studying the data further which provided basis for the CBI investigation,” he said.
The panel, National Joint Action Committee, said that the advisories issued by the FSSAI since 2013 should be withdrawn immediately to give respect to Supreme Court’s order of August 19, which hold that these directives do not have the force of law.
Organisations including CAIT, Indian Drugs Manufacturers Association, Indian Hotel & Restaurant Association, Federation of Pharma Entrepreneurs, All India Food Processors Association, Retail Druggist & Chemists Association, All India Transport Welfare Association and Bhartiya Kisan Morcha are among the members of the committee. FSSAI shot to limelight after it banned Nestle’s Maggi noodles on June 5 alleging high content of lead and presence of MSG in the popular brand. Protesting the ban, Nestle approached Bombay High Court which set aside the ban imposed by FSSAI on sale of Maggi noodles and asked for retesting at three laboratories.
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‘Food’ to have a new meaning in India post Maggi debacle

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The Maggi controversy comes as an eye opener for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The central government has planned to change the definition of food to widen its scope and close loopholes.
The new definition will exclude nutraceuticals, health supplements, functional food and dietary supplements, which will be subject to tougher regulations, a news report in The Economic Times has suggested.
"The earlier definition of food had certain loopholes of which some companies, especially pharma companies, were taking advantage," a senior official in the ministry of health told the financial daily. "Since regulations are more stringent for pharma products, companies tried to pass off nutraceuticals and health supplements as food, where regulations are slightly relaxed," he added.
Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, defines food as "any substance, whether processed, partially processed or unprocessed, which is intended for human consumption and includes primary food." It excludes "drugs and medicinal products, cosmetics, narcotic or psychotropic substances."
Traditional food, which is described as food that has been and is "traditionally being consumed in the country" will be broadened to "food which is prepared in accordance with the knowledge normally transmitted from one generation to another, conforms to the gastronomic heritage of the country, or local area, or region of the country, with little or no processing or manipulation through addition of preservatives or otherwise and retains the sensory property."
As said on its website, the govt plans to review and amend the Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2011. It sought suggestions and comments from stakeholders by September 24. While a ministry can change rules, an act can be amended only in parliament. Representatives of the food industry, citing procedural lapses in the proposed changes, have alleged that the government wants to "sharpen their teeth and extend their reach beyond the normal to targthe industry."
"It is not understood as to how and why all of a sudden an unscientific and adhoc, restrictive definition has been flashed to food industry for comments," Amit Dhanuka, president of the All India Food Processors’ Association told the ET. The industry bodies said the government is trying to avoid a discussion on the matter.

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Test shows 12.5% food items contain unapproved pesticides: govt

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Unapproved pesticides like acephate, bifenthrin, acetamiprid, triazofos, metalaxyl, malathion among others have been detected from the samples, says govt

In vegetables, the ministry detected the residues of non-approved pesticides such as acephate, bifenthrin, triazofos, acetamiprid, metalaxyl and malathion.

New Delhi: In a major health hazard, the government has found residues of pesticides in a significant number of vegetables, fruits, milk and other food items collected from various retail and wholesale outlets across the country.

Samples collected from organic outlets were also found having residues of pesticides. Residues of unapproved pesticides were found in 12.50% of the 20,618 samples collected nationally as part of the central scheme ‘Monitoring of Pesticide Residues’, which was launched in 2005.

The samples collected during 2014-15 have been analysed by 25 labs. In lab findings, non-approved pesticides like acephate, bifenthrin, acetamiprid, triazofos, metalaxyl, malathion, acetamiprid, carbosulfan, profenofos and hexaconazole, among others, have been detected.

According to the report released by the agriculture ministry, the residues of pesticides were detected in 18.7% of the samples, while residues above MRL (maximum residue limit) were found in 543 samples (2.6%). The MRL is being prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

“Out of the 20,618 samples analysed, residues of non-approved pesticides were detected in 12.5% of the samples,” the ministry said in the report.

Residues of non-approved pesticides were detected in 1,180 vegetable samples collected from both retail and farm gate markets, 225 fruit samples, 732 spice samples, 30 rice samples and 43 pulses samples, it added.

In vegetables, the ministry detected the residues of non- approved pesticides such as acephate, bifenthrin, triazofos, acetamiprid, metalaxyl and malathion.

In fruits, non-approved pesticides such as acephate, acetamiprid, carbosulfan, cypermethrin, profenofos, quinalphos and metalaxyl were found. Non-approved pesticides especially profenophos, metalaxyl and hexaconazole were found in rice, while residues of triazofos, metalaxyl, carbaryl and acephate were detected in pulses.

The ministry collected vegetables, fruits, spices, red chilli powder, curry leaves, rice, wheat, pulses, fish/marine, meat and egg, tea, milk and surface water from retail outlets, Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee (APMC) markets and organic outlets.

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