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ராமநாதபுரம்:தரமற்ற தீபாவளி பலகாரங்கள் விற்பனை செய்தால் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும் என, உணவுபாதுகாப்புத்துறை எச்சரித்துள்ளது.ராமநாதபுரம் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மாவட்ட நியமன அலுவலர் போஸ் கூறியதாவது: பண்டிகை காலத்தில் மட்டும் பலகாரங்கள் தயாரிப்போரும் கண்டிப்பாக இந்திய உணவு பாதுகாப்பு தரச்சட்டம் 2006 ன் கீழ் தங்களது வணிகத்தை பதிவு செய்து லைசன்ஸ் பெற்று கொள்ள வேண்டும். தரமான மூலப் பொருட்களில் சுகாதார முறையில் "ஸ்வீட்ஸ்,’ பேக்கரி, கார உணவு பொருட்களை தயாரிக்க வேண்டும். கலப்பட பொருட்கள் மற்றும் நிறமிகளை அதிகளவில் பயன்படுத்த கூடாது.

"பேக்கிங்’ உணவு பொருட்களில் விபரச்சீட்டு இருக்க வேண்டும். அதில் தயாரிப்பாளரின் முழு முகவரி, உணவு பொருளின் பெயர், தயாரிப்பு அல்லது பேக்கிங் செய்யப்பட்ட தேதி, சிறந்த பயன்பாட்டு காலம் (காலவதியாகும் காலம்), சைவ மற்றும் அசைவ குறியீடு இருக்க வேண்டும். விற்பனையாளர்கள் ஈக்கள், பூச்சிகள், கிருமி தொற்று இன்றி சுகாதாரமான முறையில் உணவு பொருட்களை விற்பனை செய்ய வேண்டும். புகார் தெரிவிப்போர், மாவட்ட நியமன அலுவலர், தமிழ்நாடு உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் மருத்துவ நிர்வாகத்துறை, உணவு பாதுகாப்பு பிரிவு, காவலர் பணியிடை பயிற்சி மையம் எதிரில், கலெக்டர் வளாகம், ராமநாதபுரம், தொலைபேசி எண் 04567-231170 ல் தொடர்பு கொள்ளலாம், என்றார்.

AUTHORITIES CLUELESS ABOUT FSSAI GUIDELINES

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In order to keep a tab on sale of junk food products and rising health problems among the schoolchildren, recently the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) issued guidelines on sale of junk food items within the radius of 50 metres of school premises. However, so far no initiative has been taken by the authorities to implement the guidelines in the State capital.

FSSAI guidelines restrict sale or availability of food which are high in fat, salt or sugar content within 50 metres of schools’ premises. This includes a wide range of food items & beverages consumed by school children including chips, noodles, pizzas, burgers, soft drinks, fries etc.

The FSSAI have issued guidelines on availability of wholesome and nutritious food in schools to control junk food consumption among children.

Unaware about the FSSAI guidelines on junk food sale, Director Health Services, Dr Praveen Chandra, said, “Presently we have not received any guideline from the FSSAI regarding the sale of junk food. Once we receive the directives from the concerned authorities, we are going to implement it. The food safety officers will be instructed to make regular inspection around the radius of 50 metres of school premises.”

“Currently we only have tobacco control guidlines. Moreover, the department also keeps advertising on issue of hazardous effects of junk food. Apart from the FSSAI guidelines it is also important for the guardians to create awareness regarding the ill-effects of junk food,” Chandra further added.

The FSSAI guideline also suggests creation of a canteen policy and school health education programmes for awareness. “I am not aware about the FSSAI guidelines but CBSE too had issued one circular few years ago. Since then our school management is following strict rules regarding this aspect. We conduct regular parents meet and have given instructions to the teachers to check student lunch boxes. Regular inspection is done upto class 8. As far as canteen is concerned we have restricted the sale of chips and cold drinks,” said Principal of Oxford Public School, AK Singh.

“I try giving only nutritious food items in lunch box but it is very common for the children to consume junk food inside school canteen. This can only be checked by school administration. The school should completely put a ban on sale of junk food items in canteen apart from putting other restrictions of junk food sale within radius of 50 meters of school,” said Mitali Dey, a concerned mother.

The FSSAI issued the guidelines after the Delhi High Court’s directive on sale of junk food products.

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Food safety regulator spots few grains of real dal in hostel dal, sends the sample to forensic department for further testing

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Rourkela: Food safety regulator does not want to take any more chance after Maggi and Dadri episodes. As per the Indian food safety act 2006, the regulator needs to take proactive steps to check the food quality served in different places like hotels, hostels or the packaged foods which are readily available.

Mess cooks working hard to ensure that the Tur dal to water ratio remains 1:15

According to our sources recently the regulator did a surprise raid on Hostel number 12 mess of NIT, Rourkela. During check they found all the food materials are up to the standard expected from hostel food except dal which looked like containing too many real grains of Tur dal.

Looking at the cost of Tur Dal that is running now and historically the density usually maintained in hostel dal, this was a big surprise for the food safety regulator team and they gave special focus to the dal during their raid.

MTech Student Bhola Shankar who is a regular late comer to the mess explained to us the scenario as it unfolded on the day of the raid.

Bhola said, “Being a lazy person, on Saturday and Sundays before lunch hour, I will not wake up. Last Sunday was terrible for me; there was no water by the time I woke up. As I called the boy in charge of our corridor, he told me lot of extra water has gone to the preparation of dal. Earlier our dal preparation had 1 kg grains for 5 liter of water. Now hostel warden has instructed the cook to make the ratio 1:15 as the Tur Dal price has tripled in last few months.”

“When I reached mess, most of items were over except huge quantity of ultra-liquid dal which was left on our table for flies. Somehow I managed with papads which had become soft like rotis and rotis which had become hard like papads, when the raid happened. As some of the team members who have been ex-NITians have stayed in this hostel and have tasted similar food for years, they were surprised as soon as they found five grains dal while lifting a spoon of yellow liquid. This is when they called the hostel mess supervisor and grilled him to know if it’s real dal,” Bhola said.

“Poor supervisor had to show the chart and ratio to the hostel warden and superintendent to convince the raid team. Also he demonstrated the running test of dal which the management asked him to do before food is served to students. Dal should be able to run at least 100 meters if thrown on the floor. Raid team did not want to take it lightly; they decided to send the samples to nearby forensic lab for further testing,” Bhola added.

One of the members of regulator team told us the reason for such strict checking. He said, “We must avoid repeat of Dadri kind of incident in future, Government has empowered us with additional powers so that we can check the food prepared or stored at home. We will not check only hygienic issues which anyway most people are already adhering to after the initiation of swachh bharat abhiyan, in addition we will check what you are eating as per the law or not. The message is loud and clear, Government knows best. They would decide what our citizens will be allowed to eat and what might be bad for their health which they must avoid at any cost.”

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FOOD SAFETY OFFICIALS IN SLUMBER DURING PUJA

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It is common to find vendors selling edible items outside the puja pandals but the main question arises are these food items checked according to the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) norms.

The food safety officers were unable to conduct the inspection this year during the Durga puja. However, the letter for conducting inspection was issued by the Health Department before the Durga puja started.

Citing details about the (FSSAI) guideline, Director Health Services Dr Pravin Chandra said, “The registrations of the street food vendors are mandatory. In exercise of the powers conferred under section 92 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, FSSAI has proposed Draft of Food Safety and Standards Regulation, 2010 under which Part 3.2 makes it mandatory for all Food Business Operators in the country to be registered or licensed in accordance with the procedures laid down in the regulation.”

“We have also issued a circular for all Food Safety Officers to conduct an inspection drive in there respective areas. Those vendors who come from other places have to get temporary registration from the local authorities. It is mandatory for vendors to have ID proofs with them,” Chandra further added.

However, the Food Safety Officer Gulab Lakra informed, “Last year the inspection was conducted but this year we just collected samples from the sweet shops owners, betel shops owners. We were unable to inspect the vendors this year. However, the officials will form teams for the upcoming Diwali festival.”

Stating about the circular Lakra said, “We received the letter from the concerned department after the Durga puja. Now I am waiting for the instructions from the authorities to conduct a meeting and form teams, so that the inspection can be conducted on the regular basis even for the vendors.”

Moreover, when contacted the other two Food Safety Officials on the matter, the officials were unavailable for the comment.

As many as 125 puja pandals are constructed for the auspicious occasion of Durga puja in the city and maximum numbers of vendors come from the adjoining areas too to earn money during the peak season.

The Registration of the food vendors has started since April 2014 in various cities across India.

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Sweet indulgence can turn sour

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AHMEDABAD: As he countdown to Diwali picks pace and free indulgence of the sweet ooth is expected, it’s time that you make a closer look at what’s on your platter. And with palate and tradition o egg us on, most of us down many chocolates, laddus, kaju katris, fafdas and jalebis during this festive season without realizing the danger that awaits us. In Rajkot for instance the municipal corporation seized 255 kilograms of fake butter’ on Friday . All that butter was waiting to be supplied to sweet hops. The ingredients were, vegetable ghee, ,mixed with white colour and soya bean oil. Each of tinned containers seized was sold at Rs 1,600."We have not deciphered the chemical nature of the white color. We suspect t to be a banned substance," says a senior Rajkot Municipal Corporation RMC) health official.

In Ahmedabad on Wednesday more han 100 workers and officials of Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd at their Dholka plant were taken ill by food poisoning.The patients had complained of nausea, vomiting and acute abdominal pain.They had consumed ‘Dudhi ka Halwa’ which used contaminated mawa.

A low conviction rate in food adulteration cases has now become a major worry for many municipal corporations as there are several nstances of repeat offenders in each city. In Ahmedabad for instance there has been just one conviction in the entire year and that too of a ghee sample that was taken in 2011. As per the Food Safety and Standards Act punishments for mislabeling, adulterating or sale of unsafe food can range from six months in jail to life imprisonment, and fines up to Rs 10 lakh.

But the Act is useless unless courts act fast. There are close to 100 cases in which food samples have failed laboratory tests and are pending hearing with the Ahmedabad resident district collector. Another major issue is of mushrooming of unlicensed sweet shops in many Gujarat cities. In Ahmedabad for instance there are more than 1,000 such shops while in Surat there are 500 such major shops. "Most of these sweet shops are do not have building use permissions and hence under the present food safety Act they cannot be recognized as authorized sellers," says a senior AMC health official.

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Extremely low conviction rates in food adulteration raises a finger towards a weak enforcement and will to book culprits. There is no denying the fact that health officials file cases against adulterators , but it is often seen that the evidence does not convince our courts. It is important now that special courts consisting of food safety experts be instituted to try adulteration cases.

"Can’t adhere to safety standards always"

AHMEDABAD Surprising as it may seem, several sweet mart owners in city had bluntly told the AMC that raiding their shops or quality checks was unjust due to commotion during festivals. They had also given a written representation saying that safety standards have to be given a go by sometimes. They had made this representation just two days before Dusshera when AMC teams had collected 91 samples of sweets, mawa and farsan. Of these, 16 were found "unsafe", 13 cases pertained to false claims of nutrition and one sample tested unsafe. Laboratory tests on 400 other samples are pending.

Maximum adulteration in mawa

VADODARA: The civic body in city has only recently stepped up its drive to collect and check samples of food items ahead of the festive season. Officials of said that the highest adulteration was found in milk products including mava.Like every year, the VMC took samples of fafda-jalebi ahead of Dussehra and other sweet and savories during Rakshabandhan and Diwali. Besides adulteration, a major issue being faced was that of use of stale raw materials and unhygienic storage conditions . VMC’s health officer Dr Mukesh Vaidya said that the sellers were still relying on old methods for adulteration.

It’s margarine not butter!

SURAT: No amount of butter is enough for Surtis who gorge on dosas, sandwiches and paav bhaji at roadside eateries. Most foodies ask for an extra dollop. But not many know that it’s not butter but table margarine that they are gulping down. Nearly 5,000 road side eateries in the Diamond City pass off table margarine as butter. Interestingly, SMC food department has provided license to just two agencies to supply table margarine in the city. "We are investigating as to how such huge quantity of margarine comes to the city as very few buy from registered margarine sellers," says KG Patel of SMC.

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தீபாவளி பலகாரங்கள் சுகாதாரமான முறையில் தயார் செய்யவேண்டும் கலெக்டர் பிரபாகர் எச்சரிக்கை

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தீபாவளி பலகாரங்கள் சுகாதாரமான முறையில் தயார் செய்யவேண்டும் என்றும் அனுமதிக்கப்படாத செயற்கை கலர் பொடிகளை பயன்படுத்தக்கூடாது என்றும் கலெக்டர் எஸ்.பிரபாகர் கூறி உள்ளார்.

தீபாவளி பண்டிகை

ஈரோடு மாவட்ட கலெக்டர் எஸ்.பிரபாகர் வெளியிட்டு உள்ள செய்திக்குறிப்பில் கூறி இருப்பதாவது:-

தீபாவளி பண்டிகையையொட்டி விற்பனை செய்யப்படும் உணவு பதார்த்தங்களான இனிப்பு மற்றும் கார வகைகள், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு, தரங்கள் சட்டம் மற்றும் ஒழுங்குமுறைகள் சட்டத்தின்படி கீழ்கண்டவாறு சுகாதாரமான முறையில் தயார் செய்து விற்பனை செய்யவேண்டும்.

தயார் செய்யப்படும் இனிப்பு வகை பண்டல்களில் ஐ.எஸ்.ஐ. முத்திரை இருக்கவேண்டும். அனுமதிக்கப்பட்ட செயற்கை வண்ணங்கள் (கலர் பொடி) மட்டுமே அதிக பட்சமாக 100 பி.பி.எம். (10 லட்சத்தில் ஒரு மடங்கு) என்கிற அளவில் இருக்குமாறு தயார் செய்யப்படுதல் வேண்டும். காரவகை உணவு பொருட்களில் செயற்கை வண்ணங்களுக்கு தடை செய்யப்பட்டு உள்ளதால், எக்காரணத்தை கொண்டும் அவைகளை பயன்படுத்தக்கூடாது.

இனிப்பு -கார வகைகள்

இனிப்பு பண்டங்கள் தயார் செய்ய பயன்படுத்தும் மூலப்பொருட்கள், எண்ணெய், நெய் மற்றும் வனஸ்பதி குறித்த அறிவிப்பினை பொதுமக்கள் பார்வைக்கு வைக்கவேண்டும். 2 முறை பயன்படுத்திய உணவு எண்ணெயை எக்காரணத்தை கொண்டும் மீண்டும், மீண்டும் பயன்படுத்தக்கூடாது. இனிப்பு மற்றும் கார வகைகள் உள்ளிட்ட உணவு பொருட்களை தூசி மற்றும் அழுக்கு படியாமலும், ஈ மொய்க்காமலும், பூச்சிகள் விழுந்து விடாமலும் இருக்க கண்ணாடி அடைப்பான்களில் அடைத்து விற்பனை செய்யவேண்டும்.

இனிப்பு மற்றும் கார வகை பண்டங்களை பொட்டலம் செய்து விற்பனை செய்யும்போது அதன் பெயர்கள், பொட்டலம் செய்யப்பட்ட நாள், எத்தனை நாட்களுக்குள் அப்பண்டங்களை உண்ணத்தகுந்தவை என்ற விவரம், தயாரிப்பு பேட்ச் எண், தயாரிப்பாளர் பெயர் மற்றும் முழு முகவரி ஆகியவை கண்டிப்பாக அச்சடிக்கப்பட்டு இருக்க வேண்டும்.

குழுக்கள் அமைப்பு

தீபாவளி பண்டிகைக்காக தற்காலிகமாக திருமண மண்டபங்கள், அங்காடிகள் மற்றும் இதர இடங்களில் இனிப்பு மற்றும் கார வகை பண்டங்கள் தயார் செய்பவர்கள் மற்றும் அவற்றை விற்பனை செய்பவர்கள் மேலே தெரிவிக்கப்பட்டு உள்ள விதிமுறைகளை கண்டிப்பாக பின்பற்றவேண்டும். மேலும் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறையின் உரிய உரிமம் பெற்று மட்டுமே விற்பனை செய்யவேண்டும்.

விதிமுறைகளை பின்பற்றாமல் இனிப்பு மற்றும் கார வகை பண்டங்கள் தயார் செய்தாலோ அல்லது விற்பனை செய்தாலோ சட்டப்படி கடுமையான நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும்.

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