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ஈரோடு பேருந்து நிலைய வளாகத்தில் உள்ள கடைகளில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிகாரிகள் திடீர் சோதனையில் ஈடுபட்டனர்.

சுமார் 10க்கும் மேற்பட்ட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு துறை அதிகாரிகள் நடத்திய  சோதனையில், ஒரு லட்சம் ரூபாய் மதிப்பிலான காலாவதியான உணவு பொருட்கள் மற்றும் குளிர்பான பாட்டில்கள் பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்டன. டெங்கு கொசு உற்பத்தியாகும் வகையில் சுகாதாரமற்ற முறையில் செயல்பட்டு வந்த குளிர்பான கடையை தற்காலிகமாக மூடவும் அதிகாரிகள் உத்தரவிட்டனர்.

இதையடுத்து, பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்ட உணவு பொருட்கள் குப்பை வண்டியில் ஏற்றிச் செல்லப்பட்டன.

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FSSAI asks states to ensure food-grade silver leaf not of animal origin

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Taking a cue from instances of unhygienic manufacturing of food-grade silver leaf (chandi ka warq), the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), through an order, has asked the states to ensure that the food-grade silver leaf used on sweets is not made using material of animal origin, in line with the country’s apex food regulator’s notification two years ago.
In 2016, FSSAI banned the use of materials of animal origin in the manufacturing of chandi ka warq (silver leaf), which is used to decorate sweets and pan. In Regulation 2.11.4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives), Regulations, 2011, pertaining to chandi ka warq, the regulator had prescribed the silver content and the form in which the leaf should be manufactured.
The regulation stated that, “It should be in the form of a sheet of uniform thickness, free from creases and folds. The weight of the silver leaf should be up to 2.8g/sq m, and silver content should be of minimum 999/1,000 fineness.”
“It should not be manufactured using any material of animal origin at any stage and be in accordance with the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards (Contaminants, Toxins and Residues) Regulations, 2011, and the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011.
However, it has come into the notice of FSSAI that some food business operators (FBOs) still indulge in the manufacturing of chandi ka warq by using materials of animal origin. Thus, FSSAI has directed that the commissioners of food safety from states and Union Territories to carry out surveillance and enforcement and further ensure compliance of regulations.
Further the order also instructed the state to submit the report of the action undertaken of the surveillance to FSSAI at earliest.
Giving the details on the same, H G Koshia, commissioner, Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA), Gujarat, said, “In the state, we have developed an easy-to-use kit to check the quality of the silver coatings done on sweets. By just putting a single drop of the chemical on the taken sample, the result clarifies the quality of silver within a minute.”
He added, “Due to strict surveillance in the state by our food safety officials, the cases of using aluminium foil and silver leaf having animal origin have reduced drastically. Continuous checks and drives are in place, due to which we find such case rarely.”
However, food safety officials from Assam, Punjab and Andhra Pradesh claimed that they did not receive any order from the apex regulator, but as and when they receive it, they will do as directed.
In 2017, the Delhi High Court stayed the July 2016 FSSAI notification on a petition from the traditional manufacturers of silver leaf, who claimed it would result in them losing their business and also render their workers jobless.
However, the court vacated the stay earlier this year after FSSAI mentioned alternative manufacturing processes that involve beating the sheets using specially-treated paper and polyester coated with food-grade calcium powder.

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Watch what you eat: 20% food samples fail FDA tests

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BHOPAL: For dozens of samples seized to identify food adulteration ahead of Diwali, only four may result in legal prosecution.

Following an inspection by the food and drugs administration (FDA) here on Tuesday, only four ‘legal’ samples were seized.

As per norms established under Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Act, legal action against food adulterators can only be initiated once FDA sleuths takes ‘legal’ samples.

FDA is responsible for regular surveillance, monitoring, inspection and random sampling of food products. However, taking a legal sample requires a nod from state government to appoint designated officer in each district.

FDA designated officer for Bhopal Savita Pawar along with her team seized 1.25 quintal of mawa from samples in Mangalwara. Two legal samples of sweets were also taken from Bairagarh area. "Whether these samples are random or not, they would be tested too," said Pawar.

As per Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an autonomous body established under the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW), outlets selling food items are to be checked every six months at least. This rule, however, is seldom followed as FDA is short-staffed.

Legal samples that fail in a laboratory can lead to penalisation in court. On an average, an estimated 20% of food samples tested are found ‘non-conforming’ to the prescribed standards. FDA has yet to create a risk profile of businesses. Over the years, food sample collection by FDA and its legality has been challenged. Other issues hampering effectiveness of FDA is sampling. FDA inspector can take a legal sample of product only with permission from designated officer. Any sample even if they fail, cannot be used as court evidence.

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Fortified oil, milk from January in Kerala

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The Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2017 framed by FSSAI will come into effect in the state on January 1.

A top official of Milma said that the new range would be launched next month.

Thiruvananthapuram: To combat micronutrient deficiencies especially vitamin A and D among all age groups, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is planning to introduce the fortification process in the state.

The Food Safety and Standards (Fortification of Foods) Regulations, 2017 framed by FSSAI will come into effect in the state on January 1.

As part of its effort to implement the Act, the FSSAI in association with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an independent non-profit foundation based in Geneva, conducted a workshop on fortification to brainstorm hundreds of food safety officials including assistant commissioners and lab analysts under the Kerala Commissionerate of Food Safety (KCFS) recently.

To begin with, the Commissionerate is gearing up to facilitate good quality fortified milk and cooking oil in the state from January.

Joint commissioner of Kerala Commissionerate of Food Safety K. Anil Kumar said the Act would be a boon for other states.

“Fortification is very much necessary for states with micronutrient deficiencies. In Kerala, Attapadi tribal settlement is the only pocket where nutrient deficiency is being reported," he told DC.

"We are well equipped to enforce the Act in the state. However, a thorough study would be needed by urban health centres on the necessity of fortification in Kerala.” He said that from January the Commissionerate would screen fortified products being sold in the state.

"We will collect samples and to make sure the claims labelled in the product are true," he added.As per the Act micronutrients for fortification purpose should be extracted strictly from vegetables. The Commissionerate is planning to tie up with Tata Trusts to procure extracted micronutrients. Meanwhile, Milma – Kerala Co-operative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd – is all set to launch fortified milk in the state.

A top official of Milma said that the new range would be launched next month.

"The design and logo of the new packet are being finalised. Fortified milk will be sold in the same price range like our other packet milk products," he told DC.

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