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Rajasthan govt revokes ban on mawa; decides on drive against adulteration

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After invoking a ban on mawa for a day, the Rajasthan Government has revoked it. The ban was imposed as a measure to arrest sale of fake or adulterated mawa during the festive season. Mawa is a key ingredient for most traditional sweets or mithais.
With this development, instead of the complete ban, as planned earlier, the state government would now run an awareness campaign against adulteration throughout the festive season and act strongly against the culprits. Further, the test report for samples collected in the drive would be available within 15 days to ensure timely action, according to Rajendra Rathore, health minister, Rajasthan.
The ban on the sale of mawa was ordered by chief food safety commissioner on October 7, 2015, while appearing before the Jaipur High Court. However, Rathore chaired a meeting on October 8, 2015, and decided to lift the ban. The meeting was attended by local traders’ union.
The minister stated that the state government had been ensuring that all necessary equipment and infrastructure for food safety was put in place. And the state machinery has been directed to collect samples of mawa across the state and test them for safety.
The authorities have also asked the traders to inform, when they come across fake mawa.

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Toxic Food is Violation of Rights: National Human Rights Commission

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NEW DELHI: Alarmed over the increase in the quantit­y of pesticides found in fruits and vegetables, the Nation­al Human Rights Commission, taking cognisance of several reports, on Friday issued a notice to the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

The Union Agriculture Ministry’s findings show that in the past six years there has been a two-fold increase in the number of samples of vegetables, fruits, meat and spices containing pesticides.

The NHRC has also issu­ed notices to the Union Ministry of Food Processing Industries and secretaries in charge of the food and supplies departments in all state governments.

Terming it a case of human rights violation, Justice D Murugesan has sought a respon­se within eight weeks about action taken to minimise pesticide residue in food.

Pointing out the hazardous effects of pesticides on the lives of people, Murugesan said, “It is to be emphasised that any food article that is hazardous and injurious to public health is a potential danger to the Fundamental Right to Life. The enjoyment of life, including right to life and human dignity, encompasses within its ambit, availability of articles of food without insecticide or pesticide residues, veterinary drug residues, antibiotics resid­ues, solvent residues etc.

“Though it is the sole duty of the state to achieve an appropriate level for protection of human life and health — a fundament­al right, reports of rampant use of pesticides continue to pour in,” he said.

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Food checks in festival time

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NASHIK: Ten food safety officers of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Nashik division have been deployed in various parts of the district, mainly on the roads leading to the Saptashringi Garh to keep a check on the food quality served at the joints during Navaratra.

They would collect samples from food vendors to ensure that there was no health problems among people having food at hotels, restaurants and eateries festival between October 13 and 22.

Joint commissioner of FDA (Nashik division) Y K Bendkule said, "We have started the drive to check eateries across all the routes leading to Saptashringi Garh. Our 10 officials will be collecting food samples from different hotels and restaurants and places of bhandaras where food is donated as Prashad. Strict action will be taken against those not adhering to the norms laid under the Prevention of the Food Adulteration Act."

Saptashringi Garh, being one of the most important temples in Maharashtra, is visited by lakhs of people from across the state and the neighbouring ones.

Bendkule said, "Thousands of food stalls will be put up on all the roads leading to the Saptashringi Garh. The devotees will also halt at places such as Malegaon, Chandwad, and Dindori en route to the Saptashringi Garh to have breakfast and meals."

He added, "In this backdrop, it is all the more important to keep a check on the quality of food provided at such places. The 10 food inspectors will continuously keep a check on the food quality. If they are suspicious about the quality of food in certain cases, the sample of the food will be collected and sent for further investigation."

The food inspectors would also attempt to spread messages among people that consuming unhygienic food kept in the open or at road-side eateries could be dangerous and that people should purchase food products only from licenced shops.

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100 food streets to be adopted during first phase of Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan

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The campaign, planned by CII and its partners, including consumer organisation VOICE, and National Association of Street Vendors of India, was rolled out in July.

NEW DELHI: As many as 100 food streets across the country will be adopted during the first phase of the Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan, an initiative to develop a culture of food safety in the country.

The campaign, planned by CII and its partners, including consumer organisation VOICE, and National Association of Street Vendors of India ( NASVI), was rolled out in July this year.

"In phase one, the target is to adopt 100 food streets across the country, generate awareness on food safety among 10,000 consumers and build capacity on good hygiene and manufacturing practices by training employees of 300 SMEs towards food safety," CII said.

Under the campaign, nation-wide sensitisation sessions on cleaning, hygiene and sanitation for safe food, walkathons and media dissemination programmes for consumers and street food industries will be organised across the country.

CII is also organising Food Safety Advocacy and Capacity Building programmes across Delhi, the North-East, Mumbai, Bangalore, Lucknow, Jamshedpur, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Chennai and Siliguri, among others.

The industry programmes are designed to upgrade supply chain participation across the food industry to international standards.

More workshops on good agricultural, manufacturing and hygiene practices in the North-East, in partnership with the Ministry of Food Processing Industries, are also on the anvil, starting mid-October.

The broader objective is to enhance consumer awareness on food safety aspects like labels, storage conditions and related hygienic practices. Street food vendors, schools and colleges are also part of the programme.

Food service providers, including the Railways, street vendors and mass caterings, will be sensitised on how to produce and serve safe food.

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தரசான்று இல்லாமல் மினரல் வாட்டர் சப்ளை

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