Archive for 3,November, 2018

Gazette Notification of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Recruitment and Appointment) Regulations, 2018

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Gazette Notification of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (Recruitment and Appointment) Regulations, 2018. (Uploaded on: 12.10.2018)


Glyphosate in pulses: Maharashtra FDA starts collecting samples

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In view of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) advisory on the possible presence of herbicide glyphosate in pulses, sold in the country, the Maharashtra FDA has started collecting samples and the laboratory reports to be collated by early December.

Glyphosate is a herbicide used for control of weeds in farms. In March 2015, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a specialised cancer agency of the World Health Organisation, had said there was limited evidence of carcinogenicity in humans for non-Hodgkin lymphoma (a type of cancer) due to glyphosate usage. Last week the Punjab Government had banned the sale of glyphosate in the State.

Joint Commissioner of Maharashtra FDA, CB Pawar said that all the seven divisions of FDA in the State have been asked to collect samples. If the chemical presence is found, which is injurious to human health then the criminal action would be taken against the concerned persons. The law has provisions for such an action. If non-chemical contaminants are found then fine could be levied, he said.

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மன்னார்குடியில் விழிப்புணர்வு முகாம்

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Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Thiruvarur

More than 5,000 broken eggs for use seized in Madurai

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Madurai: Officials from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) seized more than 5,000 broken and rotten eggs from a leading wholesale trader, two big bakeries and two small eateries in the city during surprise searches conducted on Thursday and Friday.

Officials led by the FSSAI designated officer for Madurai, M Somasundaram, were shocked as they accidentally stumbled on a huge volume of rotten eggs while checking the quality of sweets prepared for Deepavali. “Initially, we found not less than 80 trays (2,400 eggs at 30 in a tray) in a large bakery unit at Kochadai,” he told TOI. The officials then checked another large bakery unit where around 460 eggs were found. Inquiries revealed that they got eggs with broken shells for as cheap as a rupee apiece while a good egg was priced at Rs 4.50 to Rs 5. “According to international standards, eggs with good shell have a shelf life of three weeks,” Somasundaram said.

The official said that when the temperature was normal without fluctuations, eggs with a good shell could stay unaffected for up to five weeks. “But eggs with a broken shell have a mere two-hour life. After two hours they become rotten, even resulting in black spots forming on the shell (pseudomonas) in the worst case,” he said. These eggs were being used for baking cakes and other confectionaries in bakeries, kothu parottas, scrambled eggs, bullseye, omelette and kalakki among many other delicacies priced at Rs 15 apiece. Consuming it could cause immediate renal infection among children, gastroenteritis problems, typhoid and related complications, stomach pain or cramps, nausea, vomiting and dysentery.

FSSAI officials said that eggs here were brought from Namakkal where they could have been broken at the farm during collection or loading during transport or while handling it here. But these cheap broken eggs had good demand among bakeries and hotels that are least bothered about the health of their consumers.

Based on information gathered from the bakeries where the eggs were first found, the officials raided a leading egg trader’s warehouse at Puttuthoppu. Stating that they reached there only by the fag end of Thursday, officials said that there were more than 2,000 eggs there at that time.

Officials said that the trader, who was a leader in egg trade in Madurai, had a separate cold storage facility for broken eggs. The trader, Murugan, supplied to 15 bakeries and hotels in Madurai. These bakeries and hotels stored these broken eggs for many days and used them based on requirement.

“We sealed the godown. On Friday we seized more than 300 eggs from two small hotels at the Arapalayam bus stand. We have warned the bakeries and hotels using broken eggs and will be regularly checking them and initiating stringent action if they continued doing it. Inquiries are on to nab the entire network,” said the designated officer.

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3.25 tonnes adulterated sweets and snacks seized

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Madurai: Officials from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have seized around 3.25 tonnes of sweets and snacks from four major sweet-making units in the city during a surprise check conducted on Thursday evening and night. The items were seized to check the quality of sweets prepared for Diwali, as there is heavy demand during the season.

Officials said that they seized three tonnes of sweets at around one tonne each from as many units and around 250kg from another unit. They were found using excess colour beyond the permissible limits and non-permitted colours as they are harmful for consumers. Stale sweets used as stuffing in baked items such as coconut buns and items that were kept for sale beyond the expiry date were also seized.

Stating that sale of sweets for Diwali would continue for the next two to three days, the officials added that they would continue such surprise raids till then. They also appealed to the public to report use of excessive colour and sale of expired eatables at bakeries to the FSSAI authorities on 9444042322. Confidentiality would be maintained on identity of the complainants, they said.

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Madurai

பட்டாணியில் கலர் சாயம்

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Categories: Dharmapuri, DISTRICT-NEWS

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Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Tiruppur