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Coriander seeds, instant tea bags in list of rejected food consignments

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Cloves, coriander seeds and instant tea bags are among the list of rejected food import consignments for the month of July.
According to a recently-released report by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), there were around 25 consignments that were rejected as they did not meet the packaging and labelling criteria and were of a sub-standard quality along with the presence of insecticide residue.
The rejected consignments originated from China, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Chile, Vietnam, Tanzania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Egypt, Germany and the United Arab Emirates. The products rejected included cloves, arecanuts, cocoa powder, broken and split cassia, fresh apples, kiwis, coriander seeds, oranges, barnsberry, lacto coated gem biscuit, frozen tuna, instant tea bags etc.
As per the report, few of the consignments had discrepancies in non-rectifiable labelling like an additional sticker label were pasted on the product which did not provide clear details like date of manufacturing and expiry, added flavours information on the product label were missing, wrong logo for veg was printed which had the presences of non-veg ingredients.
As per the FSS regulations, in case of imported packaged food consignments, the following special dispensation on labeling shall be allowed for the rectification at the custom bound warehouse by affixing a single non detachable sticker or by any other nondetachable method next to the principle display panel namely Name and address of the importer; Food Safety and Standards Authority of  India’s Logo and license number, Non-Veg or Veg Logo Category or sub category along with generic name, nature and composition for proprietary food.
Other rejected items were not stored in optimal storage conditions, sealed in plastic cover, had rotten fruits with fugal and mold insect in each cartons, missing nutritional information on the product label, non specified ingredients are mentioned on the label which does comply with Food Safety and Standards (Health Supplements, Nutraceuticals, Food for Special Dietary Use, Food for Special Medical Purpose, Functional Food and Novel Food) Regulations, 2016.
An official representing FSSAI said, “In a month, less than 0.5 per cent of the consignments are usually rejected in testing. Rejections also happen on basis of visual inspection, if they do not comply with labelling and packaging standards.”
He added, “The sub-standard and bad-quality products are identified through visual inspection of the label and testing of the content through laboratory testing methods, and the rejected products are either re-exported or destroyed in the Customs’ hold area.”

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In bid to strengthen global outreach, FSSAI delegation on Europe tour

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With a view to benchmark India’s food standards with the global standards and learn the best practices from established food systems in other countries, FSSAI, the country’s apex food regulator, has expanded its outreach in recent years. Currently, a high-level delegation led by its chief executive officer, Pawan Kumar Agarwal is visiting several countries in Europe to strengthen its ties with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.
Agarwal was invited to speak at a high-level technical workshop on food safety and healthy diets organised recently by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences at Vatican. This workshop is being held to provide insights and perspectives to contribute to the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)-World Health Organization (WHO) International Food Safety Conference (IFSC) next year in 2019.
FSSAI already has cooperation agreements with Germany, France, New Zealand, Denmark and Portugal. Similar agreements with the Netherlands, EFSA, Nepal, Afghanistan and Japan are on the anvil. In addition, India’s apex food regulator works closely with the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Singapore.
Key areas of cooperation with the advanced countries are around risk assessment and building capacity of lab personnel. Earlier FSSAI had benefitted immensely under the EU capacity building initiative for trade and development.
Further, FSSAI works very closely with the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), an inter-governmental body of the United Nations, established by FAO and WHO in 1962. It develops harmonised international food standards, guidelines and codes of practice to protect the health of the consumers and ensure fair practices in the food trade.
India is a member of Codex since 1964. FSSAI is the national Codex contact point (NCCP) for India. Currently, India is also the coordinator for FAO/WHO Coordinating Committee for Asia (CCASIA), one of Codex’s regional coordinating committees.
Recently, FSSAI, in partnership with the Secretariat of CAC, organised a technical workshop for the Codex Contact Points (CCPs) of Codex member countries from Asia. It was titled Effective preparation for participation in Codex and witnessed the participation of about 45 participants from 18 Asian countries.
The activities covered under the two-day workshop focused around supporting skills and knowledge development, to increase practical capacity and ability of staff working in national Codex structures and to operate successfully in the Codex international standard setting environment.
The participants from the National Codex structures were trained on the use of electronic systems and tools including the new Codex website, the online commenting system (OCS) and the digital platform for electronic working groups (EWG).
The above activities are envisaged to support the direct contribution of the Codex Alimentarius Commission to some of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations (UN). The participants are expected to further enhance their skill set for working in National Codex structures and transfer the knowledge to peers at the national level in their respective geographies.
While the exposure of Indian participants to the modern information technology (IT) tools used by Codex goes a long way in strengthening India’s participation in the Codex standard-setting process, the information and experience gained in this workshop also provides an opportunity to upgrade our systems in line with the Codex best practices, thereby making our regulations’ development process more efficient and effective.
Providing leadership for food safety in Asia, FSSAI had also organised an interactive session between delegates from Asian countries and the leadership of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) at its office recently.
The Asian delegates got an opportunity to interact and discuss the food safety ecosystem in the region. The need for developing countries to embrace a coherent food safety policy framework, to make smarter investments and ensuring more effective regulatory and programme delivery was stressed to avoid rising public health and economic cost from unsafe food.
The works carried out by GFSP in the African region and China was highlighted. In recognition of India’s support and keen participation in its activities, Agarwal was invited to the Governing Council of the GFSP.
It may be noted that India has benefited immensely from its partnership with GFSP over the past couple of years in terms of building capacity of India’s food lab personnel in using advanced techniques in food analysis through training in Singapore and the United States.
FSSAI, along with Export Inspection Council (EIC), will now set up an International Training Centre on Food Safety and Nutrition in Mumbai with the support of GFSP. This would be inaugurated on the sidelines of the 19th World Congress on Food Science and Technology, which is slated to take place in Mumbai between October 23 and 27, 2018. This is the first time India is organising the event.
In the Asian region, earlier this year, FSSAI had coordinated efforts for preparing a joint application of Bhutan, India and Nepal for support under the Codex Trust Fund initiative of the FAO-WHO. The joint application envisaged carrying out individual and joint activities of interest to the countries which will help them to develop and operate National Codex structures for effective participation in Codex works.
Globally, it was the only joint application submitted by a group of countries and approved by the Codex Trust Fund Steering Committee. Overall, India is not only strengthening its food safety ecosystem and learning from countries that have matured systems for food safety, but also supporting and providing leadership to the developing nations, particularly in Asia, that have begun to set up systems for food safety.
Clean and Safe Meat
FSSAI is launching the Clean and Safe Meat initiative with the objective to develop an ecosystem that will enable the availability of clean and safe meat and meat products to consumers.
The growing population and rising incomes has led to an unprecedented increase in the demand for animal proteins, not only in India, but globally as well. The majority of consumers now in India are eating fish, beef (Buffalo meat), mutton, goat, pig and poultry.
The challenge for this nutritional transition to animal protein-based diets is linked with the use of antimicrobials in the feed and compromised hygiene practices at slaughter houses and retail
markets. The result is a lack of trust among consumers on the quality and safety of meat and meat products available to them.
To bring back that trust and surety among consumers, FSSAI organised a meeting of important stakeholders in Delhi, to discuss all aspects that affect the quality and safety of meat and meat products either in direct or indirect way.
Representatives from the ministry of food processing industries (MOFPI), the Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries (DADF), the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), the poultry meat industry (Godrej Tyson Foods Ltd and Venkys Pvt Ltd), the animal meat industry (AOV Agro Foods Pvt Ltd and Allana Sons Ltd), meat retail sectors (Grofers and Licious) and animal feed companies (Godrej Agrovet Ltd and Suguna Poultry Farm Ltd) were present at the  meeting.
In this meeting, issues related to good manufacturing practices (GMPs) and good hygiene practices (GHPs) in slaughterhouses and meat processing units, training of meat handlers, eligibility of food business operators handling meat and meat products for obtaining FSSAI license, the role of animal feed in quality of meat and various existing and upcoming schemes government schemes for the upgrade of the meat industry, especially the unorganised sector, were highlighted.
The numerous action points emerged from the discussion, and Agarwal emphasised on the main action points for key stakeholders, which are as follows:
    • Food safety audits of meat units/municipal slaughterhouses will be conducted over the next three months in 40 cities expanded by a third-party auditing agency
    • A mandatory food safety audit of the supply chain for e-commerce retail entities involved in retail of meat or meat products will also be conducted
    • Training and capacity building of food business operators (FBOs) involved in this sector will be initiated by FSSAI under the Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) Programme and the training will commence in September 2018, with a target of completing at least 50 training session by the end of December 2018
    • FSSAI, in coordination with BIS, will explore the possibility of including the BIS certification of feed, as one of the clauses in Schedule 4 covering GHP and GMP requirements
    • FSSAI also proposed that BIS, in collaboration with the feed manufacturing associations and other stakeholders, will review and amend their feed standards for livestock and poultry, if required
    • A steering group for Clean and Safe Meat will be formed that will have an overall responsibility for carrying out the activities in this campaign, including the preparation of a guidance note for consumers on fish/meat and feed
    • FSSAI will plan a study on the overall ecosystem in sectors of meat, fish, poultry and feed to identify the gaps/food safety concerns and the ways to address them. FSSAI, in coordination with BIS, will be exploring the possibility, including the BIS certification, of feed as a part of Schedule 4 requirements
    • Coordinate with the Central and state governments to upgrade their financial schemes in line with GMP and GHP requirements of Schedule 4 given under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, in the meat sector, especially for small businesses for improving their hygiene practices
    • This campaign will be a part of Lauh Yatra movement, to clean the slaughterhouses and meat markets. The stakeholders will be participating in Lauh Yatra, covering 2,000 locations in 40 cities across the country
In this way, we can complete the entire loop, covering the quality of feed fed to animals to be slaughtered till the level it is consumed by direct supply or through online retail platforms.
Agarwal also shared the importance of this meeting and highlighted the responsibility shared by each of the stakeholders in achieving the overall objective of ensuring clean and safe meat to consumers across the country.

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FSSAI issues EoI to empanel caterer rating agencies under HRPP scheme

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FSSAI, the country’s apex food regulator, has issued an expression of interest (EoI) for the empanelment of the rating agencies for inspecting catering establishments under the Hygiene Rating and Responsible Place to Eat (HRRP) scheme.
The auditing agencies shall give ratings to food business operators (FBOs) based on their compliance of requirements under Schedule 4 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, wherein FBOs are required to have a trained supervisor in all premises and the display of food safety boards is mandatory.
The FSSAI will verify these ratings during inspections on a regular interval. Interested companies or agencies can apply by September 28, 2018, while a pre-bid meeting shall take place at the apex regulator’s headquarters at noon on September 18. The notice said that the empanelment will be for three years.
This move by FSSAI particularly holds importance in the background of the recent development, wherein FSSAI directed a number of online service providers, including Zomato and Swiggy, to delist unlicensed and unregistered caterers from their platforms. Also, it reflects weak enforcement on the part of the state authorities.
“The concept is widely in use in many countries and this programme is to promote self-compliance of food hygiene and safety amongst the food businesses. At the same time, the programme is used to make the consumers aware of the quality of the catering organisations,” said Durga Prassad Panda, lead auditor, Food Safety Management System (FSMS), and food safety trainer.
“This is an effort to differentiate amongst the FBOs, who is complying and who’s not. Since the state machineries are already overburdened by the food safety related work, that is why this sort of public-private partnership is coming up to bring more compliance amongst the catering FBOs. It would help the FBOs to build reputation and also to identify the defaulters,” he added.
According to FSSAI, HRRP is a new scheme envisaged under the Project Serve Safe to promote safe and nutritious food through catering sector. Under this programme six factors have been identified include personal hygiene, healthy eating, safe water handling, effective complaint handling, transparency in food preparation and donation of food.

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Mustard oil adulteration under scanner in Mohali

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MOHALI: Following directions from food safety commissioner K S Pannu, the Mohali administration is all set to crack the whip on the sale of adulterated mustard oil in the city.

Mohali deputy commissioner Gurpeet Kaur Sapra said that directions have been given to the food safety teams of the health department to be strict in this regard.

"Commissioner of food and drug administration has warned of strong legal action against people who indulge in adulteration. Many unscrupulous dealers, bottlers and manufacturers mix cheap palm oil, crude rice bran oil and crude soybean oil with mustard oil.

They even add colours and other chemicals. We have given these people a chance to mend ways. Now it is time for them to face action," Sapra said and added that sensitization activities against adulteration had already been conducted.

Meanwhile, commissioner of food and drug administration Kahan Singh Pannu said that that cheaper adulterated mustard oil was harmful for health and impacting sales of genuine mustard oil.

"Mustard is sown in around one lakh acres of land during winter in the state. This gives produce equivalent to 4.8 lakh quintals. It is vital to note that farmers growing mustard get robbed of their genuine profits due to markets being flooded with adulterated mustard oil," Pannu said.

Warning adulterators, Pannu said that committees have been constituted to raid and seize substandard adulterated mustard oil from the units that are involved in such activities. "We will also take legal action against people involved in production of spurious and sub-standard mustard oil.

"No exceptions will be made. Adulteration is not an activity ushered by ignorance, it comes under a well-planned criminal activity," the official added.

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போதை பொருட்கள் விற்றால் உரிமம் ரத்து

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திருகோவில்லுரில் புகையிலை பொருட்கள் பறிமுதல்

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FSSAI Assam Raids Sweets Factory

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Food safety department in collaboration with police and SDRF has conducted an operation at a sweets factory of Kumarpara in Rupnagar on Saturday.

During the operation, many anomalies have come to light.

As per reports, the inspection team has found illegal power supply to the factory. The factory has been using domestic gas cylinders instead of commercial gas cylinders. Food safety department had seized three domestic gas cylinders and 45 liters blue kerosene from the factory.

It may be mentioned that, Food safety department has been running operations in the state against errant food traders. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has made it mandatory for all the participants of the food related activities to ensure a safe food in compliance to Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

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Food safety staff raid restaurant

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Officials of the Vigilance and Enforcement (V&E) and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) conducted a raid on Tamarind Restaurant, located on Mahanadu Road, opposite New Government General Hospital (GGH), on Saturday.

The team led by V&E DSP R. Vijay Paul and Assistant Food Controller K. Purnachander Rao collected food samples of alleged stale food and meat, and sealed the restaurant.

Inspector Venkateshwarlu said the restaurant management was not maintaining hygiene and was reportedly using leftover food.

The ingredients being used in the dishes were also of poor quality, the officials said.

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Rotten chicken tumbles out in V&E raid on hotels

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The FSSAI officials also inspected Sri Krupa Mess and Caterers, adjacent to the Tamarind Restaurant.

Food Safety and Standards Authority officials conducting raids at a hotel in Vijayawada on Saturday

VIJAYAWADA: You need to be careful about the restaurant you decide to go to when you feel like eating out because there are high chances that it flouts the Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) rules as most of the famous restaurants in city were caught serving frozen, rotten, or stale meat in the joint raids carried out by FSSAI and Vigilance Enforcement (V&E) officials on Saturday.

The illegal practice of serving food that is unfit for consumption came to light once again when officials found that Tamarind Multicuisine Restaurant, situated near new government hospital, was serving to its customers stale rice and smelly biryani prepared using frozen and rotten chicken.

“During our raids, we found that the restaurant was serving food which was not fit for consumption. The cooking staff was using frozen chicken and stale rice and biryani. The manner in which they were cooking was also unhygienic. They don’t even have a FSSAI license,” FSSAI regional officer N Purnachandra Rao said. Officials collected samples of chicken biryani and chicken wings from the restaurant for testing, and gave an improvement notice to it.

The FSSAI officials also inspected Sri Krupa Mess and Caterers, adjacent to the Tamarind Restaurant. “We found them using poor quality tea powder and corn flour. Samples were collected and action will be initiated against them if the reports deem the food items unfit for consumption,” he said. Two other restaurants raided in Kamayyathopu and Poranki near Vijayawada were indulging in similar practices.

The Tamarind Restaurant case is not an isolated one. On July 17, 2018, FSSAI officials found that Alfa Hotel in Tikkle Road was serving frozen chicken to its customers. Following complaints, officials inspected the hotel and sealed it. In another incident, two friends on July 22 got the shock of their lives when hotel Silver Spoon, Teachers’ Colony, served a cooked lizard along with chicken in the biryani they ordered.

According to sources, there are around 400 identified hotels and restaurants in city, out of which more than 80 per cent flout rules or are running without a valid FSSAI license. “Right from salt to meat, they (errant hotel managements) are using substandard material. Even the food served to patients at the government hospital is better,” said the V&E DSP Vijay Paul, who was one of the officials who conducted the raids.

Denizens also asked officials concerned to take action against the errant food joints.

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