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உணவு பொருட்களில் கலப்படமா? ‘வாட்ஸ் ஆப்’பில் புகார் செய்யலாம்

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உணவுப்பொருள் தரம் மற்றும் கலப்படம் குறித்து புகார் செய்யும் ‘வாட்ஸ்ஆப்’ எண் வெளியிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. இது குறித்த தகவலை, அனைத்து கடைகளிலும் வைக்க, உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை உத்தரவிட்டுள்ளது.தமிழ்நாடு உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை மற்றும் மருந்து நிர்வாகத்துறை பணிகளை கண்காணிக்கவும், செயல்படுத்தவும், வழிகாட்டுதல் குழு அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. கலெக்டர் தலைமையில், சுகாதார பணிகள் துணை இயக்குனர், துணை பதிவாளர் (பால்வளம்), உதவி இயக்குனர் (ஊராட்சிகள்), மாநகராட்சி, நகராட்சி கமிஷனர்கள், ஒருங்கிணைந்த குழந்தைகள் வளர்ச்சி திட்ட அலுவலர், உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை அதிகாரிகள் உள்ளிட்டோர் உறுப்பினராக உள்ள வழிகாட்டுதல் குழு அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.கலெக்டர் அலுவலகத்தில் நடந்த, வழிகாட்டுதல் குழு கூட்டத்தில், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு விதிமுறைகளை அமலாக்குவது குறித்து விவாதிக்கப்பட்டது.அதன் விவரம்: இறந்த கோழிகளை விற்பனை செய்யும் பண்ணையாளர்கள், அதை வாங்கி இறைச்சியாக பயன்படுத்தும் சில்லரை வியாபாரிகள், தள்ளுவண்டி உணவு தயாரிப்பாளர்கள் மீது கடும் நடவடிக்கை எடுக்க வேண்டும். சூடான பொருட்களை, பாலித்தீன் பைகளில் பார்சல் செய்வதும், உணவு பொருட்களை செய்தித்தாளில் பார்சல் செய்வதையும் தடுக்க வேண்டும்.உணவகங்களின் பணியாளர்கள் சுகாதாரத்தை பின்பற்ற வேண்டும். போலி டீத்துாள் விற்பனை செய்பவர்கள் மற்றும் பயன்படுத்துபவர் மீது நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும். உணவு பொருள் விற்பனை நடக்கும் இடங்களில், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு விதிமுறைகள் குறித்த தகவல் பலகை வைக்க வேண்டும். விற்பனையாளர்கள், பொருள் கொள்முதல் மற்றும் விற்பனைக்கான ரசீதுகளை வைக்க வேண்டும்.திருப்பூர் மாவட்டத்தில் உள்ள உணவு பொருள் விற்பனையாளர்கள், தயாரிப்பாளர்கள், அரசுத்திட்டங்களில் உணவு தயாரிக்கும் மையங்கள் என, அனைவரும், வரும், 28க்குள் உரிமம் பெற வேண்டும். பொதுசேவை மையங்களை அணுகி, உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை பதிவு மற்றும் உரிமம் கோரி விண்ணப்பிக்கலாம்.உணவு பொருள் தரம் மற்றும் கலப்படம் குறித்து நுகர்வோர் புகார் செய்ய ஏதுவாக, 94440 42322 என்ற ‘வாட்ஸ் ஆப்’ எண்கள் அறிமுகம் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளன.அனைத்து உணவு பொருள் தயாரிப்பு நிறுவனங்களிலும், ‘வாட்ஸ் ஆப்’ எண்களில் புகார் செய்வது குறித்த அறிவிப்புபலகைகளை வைக்க வேண்டும்.

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மாணவர்களுக்கு உணவு பாதுகாப்பு போட்டி

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குமரி மாவட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை சார்பில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு குறித்த பேச்சு போட்டி, கட்டுரை போட்டி மற்றும் ஓவிய போட்டி ஆகியன நாகர்கோவில் எஸ்எல்பி அரசு ஆண்கள் மேல்நிலை பள்ளியில் நடத்தப்பட்டது. இதில் வெற்றி பெற்ற மாணவ, மாணவியருக்கு பரிசு மற்றும் சான்றிதழ் வழங்கப்பட்டன.
விழாவில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு குறித்தும், பாதுகாப்பற்ற உணவுகள் குறித்தும் நியமன அலுவலர் டாக்டர் கருணாகரன் மற்றும் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் சங்கரநாராயணன் ஆகியோர் விளக்கினர். மேலும் போட்டிகளில் பங்கேற்ற அனைத்து மாணவ, மாணவியருக்கும் பரிசுகள் வழங்கப்பட்டது. விழாவில் பள்ளி தலைமை ஆசிரியர் விஜயன், ஆசிரியர்கள், ஆசிரியைகள் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

Summer fiat to juice shops: Be hygienic

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Food safety department to tighten vigil over shops, warns of prosecuting violators of rules.

Shops selling juices should have food safety licence/registration and it should be displayed properly.

KOCHI: Doubtful about the quality of the juice you consume while on the move on a hot day? Check if the shop owner has displayed his/her registration/license. Its display is one of the 20 points the commissionerate of food safety is going to enforce strictly in the state, given the rising complaints about the quality of ready-to-use products as mercury levels rise. As per the food safety commissionerate, shop-keepers should buy articles such as fruits, ice, sugar, nuts and others used to make fruit salad, juices, shakes, faluda ands such stuff from shops with food safety licence/registration. They should keep the bills for the same, record in a register and present them in case of an inspection by food safety officials.

The charter insists that shop-keepers take water from clean sources, get a report on it taken once in six months from a recognised analytical lab and keep them at the shop. The water and articles used for making juice should be kept closed in food grade vessels. Fruits must be of good quality, are cleaned and kept inside a refrigerator. Ice should be kept inside the freezer or clean vessels or ice box; use of thermocol for the purpose is banned. The water and ice should keep the prescribed standards.

Exclusive food grade vessels should be used for keeping cut fruits and juices in freezers; but they cannot be kept for long duration. Milk kept in freezers beyond the expiry date should not be used. Milk should also conform to prescribed standards. The conditions are not applicable for packaged juices but the conditions stipulated on their packets on expiry date and others should be conformed to.

Shops must keep medical fitness certificate of the staff; those having skin or contagious diseases should not be employed. The premises, the utensils and machines like mixie, the knives and other articles and the staff should keep hygiene. Every utensil should be kept lizard, cockroach and rat- proof. There should be provision to remove waste safely.

Refrigerator and freezer should be cleaned at regular intervals and it should be displayed in a chart. Every article should be cleaned before closing each day. The premises where juice is made should be made of stainless steel/marble that does not absorb water. “The standards have been in place ever since the Food Safety Act, 2006, rules 2011 and regulations 2011 have come into force,” food safety commissioner Veena N. Madhavan said. “We shall now enforce them strictly and slap criminal cases on violators.”

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Secunderabad Cantonment home to 500 eateries, but no food inspector

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The Secunderabad Cantonment is considered one of the largest cantonments in the country in terms of population and area.

Cantonment has over five hundred eateries in the form of hotels, restaurants, tiffin centres, bakeries etc.

Hyderabad: The Secunderabad Cantonment is considered one of the largest cantonments in the country in terms of population and area. But it has no designated food safety section or even a food inspector to conduct regular inspections of the food and its quality.

There is no one to check the adulteration of milk, oil and food products or even the artificial ripening of fruits, all of which have a direct bearing on the health of citizens.

Cantonment has over five hundred eateries in the form of hotels, restaurants, tiffin centres, bakeries etc. Other than these there are several ‘curry points,’ milk booths, fruit shops and roadside ‘bandis’ selling fast food and snacks.

According to Food Safety and Standards regulations, there should be at least one food inspector for every 50,000 population in urban areas.

The Cantonment population is roughly 3 lakh, but it does not boast of a dedicated food inspector.

Former vice-president Jampana Pratap felt SCB top brass should focus on food safety measures now that the population is on the rise every year and so are the revenues in the form of different taxes.

“A separate wing has to be created and professionals who have the requisite training and certification have to be recruited if needed. The health of citizens should be of paramount importance,” he stressed.

At present if any complaints are received by the board, the health and sanitation wing swings into action and conducts inspections in hotels or eateries because of the lack of a dedicated wing.

Experts say fines can be imposed based on poor hygiene conditions because as per rules, the quality of food has to be checked by a food safety officer, who alome has the authority to take action.

Otherwise, officials’ arguments will not stand in a court of law. SCB sources said that one of the health department officials obtained the necessary certification, but food inspector designation was not given. A letter was written to Southern Command in Pune to give permission to SCB to use the staff member’s services as a food inspector, but no clearance was given. Meanwhile, CEO S.V.R.Chandrashekar said that he was not aware of any such development.

SCB vice-president J.Rama Krishna stated that a food safety wing ws the need of the hour. “We are working on cadre restructuring and part of this is appointing a licenced food inspector,” he said.

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Inter-district special squad closes down seven hotels

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Thiruvananthapuram: Food safety department has initiated steps to ensure clean and safe food in hotels and restaurants in the capital ahead of Attukal pongala.

In a surprise inspection conducted on Sunday, an inter-district special squad served closure notice to seven hotels in areas where pilgrims will be offering pongala. This is in addition to the closure of four hotels in the area in the past week.

The surprise inspection conducted in areas such as Attukal, Manacaud, Kamaleswaram, Attakulangara, Kuriathy, Killippalam, PRS Bund Road and Thampanoor has found that several hotels were functioning in unhygienic conditions despite the department serving improving notices earlier.

The hotels, which were served closure notices include 24 Inn cafe, Cafe Anjanam, Pappa restaurant and coolbar, Green Café, and Magic Juice and Bites (all near KSRTC bus stand Thampanoor), Hotel Panchali at East Fort and Soorya Fast food at Killipalam.

Ten squads, consisting of food safety officials from Kottayam, Alappuzha, Pathanamthitta and Kollam districts and headed by food safety assistant commissioner of Kollam K Ajit Kumar and technical assistant G Gopakumar conducted inspections from Sunday morning. A total of 223 hotels, restaurants and food business units were inspected. Of these 75 were served improvement notices. A fine of Rs 1.76 lakh was slapped on 37 units.

Food safety commissioner Veena N Madhavan said that strict inspections will be conducted in view of pongala festival in the coming days too.

In a separate inspection, which is being conducted since Tuesday, Annapathi Chat Store in Fort, Devan Fresh Juice in Pazhavangadi, Hotel Aswathy near Attukal Temple and Krishna Deppam at Kalady were served closure notice for their failure to comply with food safety norms.

Food safety officials said that a slew of reasons ranging from presence of rodents and fungus-infested vegetables to use of banned artificial colours are reasons behind serving closure notice to various food business units. Food safety assistant commissioner A K Mini said that the department has deployed 6 squads, consisting of a total of 28 members, to conduct inspections across 31 wards in areas where pilgrims will be offering pongala. “These squads will function 24 hours during festival time. A 24-hour control room too has started functioning. Organizations and individuals engaged in ‘annadanam’ must register at the control room. We have also tested samples of water from Attukal area,” she said.

Last year, the registrations for annadanam had crossed 500. Food safety department is expecting more people to register this year.

The department is also keeping surveillance on ice candy manufacturers which are often found to have presence of banned colours and artificial sweeteners.

In case of complaints, food safety department can be contacted at 8943346198, 8943346525, 8943346582 and 7593873324. Also toll-free number 1800 425 1125 is available. Sources at the food safety department said that name and details of the complainant will be kept confidential.

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போலி கூல்ட்ரிங்க்ஸ் தடுக்க குழுக்கள் அமைப்பு

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Coimbatore street vendors audited by food safety officials

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Audit part of the ‘Project Clean Street Vendors’ initiated by FSSAI in March 2016

Small food business operators in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district are being audited for the past one week by state food safety officials.

The audit is being done to spread awareness about sanitary and hygiene practices among the vendors. It is part of the “Project Clean Street Vendors” initiated by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in March 2016. The project was started to develop training and capacity building for street vendors and to ensure a proper regulatory system in order to stream line vendors under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

The audit is taking place during the night and an awareness camp is scheduled for February 24, 2018, in Coimbatore city to educate vendors about hygiene practices. Consumers are also being educated to eat or buy from registered and licensed vendors.

As part of the audit, officials are making sure that street vendors like panipuri stalls, food vans as well as local tea stalls do not add colouring agents to food. They have also advised them to use potable water, wear gloves, register and obtain licenses. The officials have tested tea being sold in the stalls for adulterants.

They have asked vendors to use banana leaves as packaging material instead of plastic. For tea, they have asked vendors to use glass cups to ensure that the beverage doesn’t get in contact with plastic as it is harmful says Vijayalalithambigai, designated officer of the Tamil Nadu food safety wing. She adds that the vendors are supposed to register by February 28, 2018. Till now, 18,231 vendors have registered and have obtained license under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

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Special checks cover small scale food business operators

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Officials of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India inspecting food at a roadside eatery in the city.

They are asked to register themselves with FSSAI

To ensure quality and hygiene in eatables sold by small scale food business operators (FBO), Food Safety Department is conducting checks in roadside eateries, push carts and mobile eateries in the district.

Such FBOs are also asked to register themselves with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

B. Vijayalalithambigai, Designated Officer of FSSAI, Coimbatore, said that food safety officers were currently conducting the inspections at 2,000 odd small scale FBOs running roadside eateries, push carts and mobile eateries.

“We are primarily checking aspects such as hygiene and quality of the food served in such stalls. They need to be educated on cooking and storing foods in hygienic conditions, ill effects of using colouring agents and reheated oils. However, we have not lifted samples from such stalls as many of them are unaware of good practices to be followed,” said Ms. Vijayalalithambigai.

During visits to pani puri stalls, vendors have been asked to use gloves, and provide potable water at stalls.

As of now, around 50 small scale FBOs have obtained registration certificate from FSSAI in the district.

Many of them have applied for the registration which is under process.

While FBOs with annual turnover above ₹ 12 lakh is required to obtain a licence from FSSAI, those with annual turnover below ₹ 12 lakh are mandated to get a registration certificate.

“A meeting of small scale FBOs has been arranged on Saturday with the help of association members. They will be briefed on the registration and good practices to be followed,” said Ms. Vijayalalithambigai.

Meanwhile, FSSAI has advised all FBOs in Coimbatore to complete the registration and licence before February 28. As per estimation by FSSAI, there are 28,983 FBOs in Coimbatore which include those with annual turnover above and below ₹ 12 lakh a year.

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KMC to issue showcause notice to 3 packaged drinking water companies

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Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to issue showcause notice to three noted packaged drinking water companies, after its food safety officers stumbled upon coliform bacteria in jars of these companies.

The civic body will also initiate legal steps against a number of companies dealing with packaged drinking water, even though they do not possess proper licence.

"The showcause notice will demand an explanation on the part of these companies as to why coliform bacteria, much above the permissible limit, have been found in their packaged drinking water jars, despite them having the stamp of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). For the legal step against the unlicensed packaged water, we are waiting for the approval of the Food Safety Commissioner," Member, Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh said.

It may be mentioned that tests by the KMC laboratory had detected irregularities in as many as 12 of 15 bottles of packaged drinking water, three of them ostensibly from reputable brands. The samples were recovered after a joint raid by KMC food safety officers and the enforcement branch of state police.

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