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Explained FSSAI revised norms: Here’s how online grocers and food delivery platforms will be affected

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently issued revised guidelines which will impact online food platform such as Swiggy, Zomato and online grocers like Grofers, BigBasket etc.

New Delhi: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) recently issued revised guidelines which will directly impact online food and grocery operators like Grofers and BigBasket, Swiggy and Zomato. According to the regulator, there should not be any compromise with the food quality and safety of food products.

As per the revised guidelines, food products offered can now be sampled at any point in the supply chain. Companies are also required to provide an indicative image of the food on their platforms in order to help consumers recognise the product. Companies are also to provide all mandatory information mentioned in the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act to consumers before purchase.

It is mandatory for companies to sell food products that have a remaining shelf life of either 30% or 45 days before expiry at the time of delivery. The revised norms also state clearly that only fresh food should be delivered to customers. This is to make sure that companies do not try to old/close-to-expiry food products to the consumers. Online food companies and grocers will have to comply with the fresh set of regulations.

Grofers welcomed the revised guidelines. Grofers CEO Albinder Dhindsa told ET Now that the new regulations do not change much for players like them in the Grocery space since they sell packaged food products to their customers and they already meet FSSAI regulations for that. He further added that they make sure that their merchant partners also comply with the guidelines.

Dhindsa also mentioned that they are still evaluating the impact of DIPP policy on their business. It is not great if guidelines change suddenly because it impacts small vendors, he added.

It may be noted that a Crisil report recently stated that online food and grocery is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in online retail and will almost grow four times to Rs 10,000 crore in revenue within the next three years. The report also mentioned that estimates the overall food and grocery market in India to be at $400 billion.

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Andhra bans gutkha, paan masala

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Becomes 17th state in country to impose ban on them

The Andhra Pradesh government on January 9 banned manufacture, storage, sale, transport and distribution of gutkha, paan masala and similar chewable products that contain tobacco and nicotine. The ban has come into force with immediate effect. With this, Andhra Pradesh becomes the 17th state in India to ban tobacco products (see box).

Official orders State Banned on

Bihar May 30, 2012

Chhattisgarh July 24, 2012

Delhi September 11, 2012

Goa October 2, 2005

Gujarat September 11, 2012

Himachal Pradesh July 13, 2012

Haryana August 15, 2012

Jharkhand July 24, 2012

Kerala May 25, 2012

Madhya Pradesh April 1, 2012

Maharashtra July 20, 2012

Rajasthan July 18, 2012

Punjab August 26, 2012

Mizoram September, 2012

Uttarakhand January 1, 2013

Odisha January 1, 2013

Andhra Pradesh January 9, 2013

Civil society organisations and anti-tobacco activists have long been demanding ban on these products because they are highly addictive and can cause cancer. There are 3,095 chemical components in chewing tobacco products, and 28 of them have been proved carcinogenic. Over 90 per cent of oral cancer is directly associated with tobacco use. India has the highest prevalence of oral cancer with 75,000 to 80,000 new cases reported every year. The gutkha and paan masala industry in the country is huge and could be pegged at anywhere between Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 crore.

The ban is under the Food Safety & Standards (Prohibition and Restriction on Sales) Regulations of 2011 and the Food Safety and Standards Act of 2006. Under the Act, the food safety commissioner has the power to prohibit, in the interest of public health, production, sale and distribution of any food item all over the state or in certain regions of the state for a period not exceeding one year. According to this Act, tobacco and nicotine should not be used in any food product. The ban in Andhra Pradesh is based on the recommendations by the food safety commissioner.

Andhra Pradesh is the highest producer of tobacco in the country. In 2011-12, the state grew tobacco in 132,000 hectares and produced 207,000 tonnes. Even while many other states banned gutkha and paan masala, Andhra Pradesh was dragging its feet in taking stern action.

The government has asked the food safety commissioner, departments of health, police, vigilance & enforcement, commercial taxes, transport, labour, municipal administration and the panchayati raj to take immediate steps to ensure enforcement of the ban. The departments of information and public relations and consumer affairs have been asked to widely publicise the ba

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Food Inspector Tightens Ecommerce’s Safety Belt

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Issues revised norms that will impact players such as Grofers, BigBasket, Swiggy and Zomato

New Delhi: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued revised guidelines that directly impact online food and grocery operators such as Grofers and BigBasket as well as food delivery platforms like Swiggy and Zomato.

The national food regulator said it’s stepping up scrutiny of ecommerce food companies because there can be no compromise on last-mile delivery and safety of food products.

Food products offered for sale are liable to sampling at any point in the supply chain. Companies will also need to provide an indicative image of the food on their platforms so that consumers can recognise the product. All mandatory information mentioned in the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act will also have to be provided to consumers before purchase and only fresh food should be delivered to consumers.

“With increasing use of ecommerce platforms by consumers, the guidelines are aimed at stepping up vigilance on safety of food provided to consumers,” FSSAI chief executive Pawan Agarwal said. “These guidelines will help in building confidence in the ecommerce food business sector and increase its credibility.”

The guidelines are part of directives issued by the regulator to re-operationalise licensing and registration of ecommerce food companies.

“While we are compliant with all regulatory guidelines such as lastmile delivery and shelf life, we also ensure that our merchant partners follow the same,” said online grocery startup Grofers’ chief executive Albinder Dhindsa. “We don’t work with merchants who don’t have the necessary compliance. That is a challenge that the regulator has to enforce.”

Food should have a remaining shelf life of 30% or 45 days before expiry at the time of delivery, the guidelines said.

Delivery service company Zomato said food safety was of paramount importance.

“We welcome any move by FSSAI which will help us make the restaurant industry safer for consumers,” a spokesperson said. “We provide last-mile delivery to our users and are taking stringent steps to ensure the safety of food.”

Zomato has delisted ‘thousands’ of restaurants from its food-ordering platform over the past few months, she said.

“While we are already compliant with the mandatory directives in the FSS Act, we will work with the regulator on any measures required to drive development in the ecosystem,” the spokesperson added.

BigBasket, Swiggy and Uber Eats didn’t respond to queries.

“Food business operators need to ensure that the last-mile delivery is undertaken by trained personnel and that the safety of food products is not compromised at the time of delivery,” according to the guidelines.

Online food and grocery startups, which have transitioned from a hyperlocal to inventory-led business model, have been growing on the back of greater efficiencies in supply chain and technology, cutting costs and doing away with unprofitable products.

A recent Crisil report said online food and grocery is expected to be the fastest-growing segment in online retail and will almost quadruple in the next three years to Rs 10,000 crore in revenue. The report said investments in technology, same and next-day delivery options, and business-to-business food services, will further aid growth of the segment. Estimates peg the overall food and grocery market in India at $400 billion.

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PROTEST FOR RIGHTS

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PRESS NEWS- Consumers Association of India, Chennai!

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Dear Sir/ Madam,

Greetings from Consumers Association of India, Chennai!

We greatly appreciate your support in helping CAI become one of the leading consumer organizations in India and seek your continued support towards our activities and our Goals. We are happy to announce the launch of CAI CONSUMER HELPLINE ,where FREE advice and information shall be given to all consumers on how to handle  their COMPLAINTS against a Manufacturer,Trader,Retailer or Service Provider

DETAILS OF THE PRESS MEET are as Follows:-

Date:       28.12.2018 FRIDAY

Time:       11.00 am

Venue:     CHENNAI PRESS CLUB

Address:  Government state,Behind Government Guest Houseand opposite to MA Chidambaram    Cricket stadium,Chennai.2

We request you to participate the Press Meet  and  give vide publicity through your esteemed paper and channel

Nirmala Desikan

Chairman

Consumers Association of India & The CONCERT Trust

32, Kohinoor Complex
Vettuvankeni, Chennai 600115

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Staple Food Fortification consultation organised

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The scaling up staple food fortification conclave was very engaging consultation conducted in partnership with CII-GAIIN-FFRC-FSSAI– SBY. Fortification has proven to be an effective mechanism for tackling malnutrition.

Welcome and Opening Remarks were given by Rajesh Khare, Chairman, Madhya Pradesh State Council & CEO, Evonne Industries Pvt Ltd. He highlighted that ‘Industry is cognizant of the fact that fortification is a good mechanism to tackle malnutrition’.

Talking about Staple Food Fortification: Enriching Foods, Enriching Lives Arijit Chakrabarty, Senior Project Manager, GAIN – Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition said, It is a relieving fact that today in India around 90 per cent of population uses iodized salt. But in earlier times it was not the case, that’s why there were more malnourished people at that time then present.

It is finding from a study that out of all the malnourished people of the world, India’s share is 35%. The reason for this is the food law in micronutrients. Fortification is simple, low cost and no risk so it is very beneficial for health point of view.

Deeksha Bhatt, Coordinator, Food Fortification Resource Centre, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India talked about the role of FSSAI in Creating an enabling environment to initiate and scale-up staple food fortification. FSSAI enables Consumer communication, Regulatory support, Production fortification, establishing and running NABL labs that were instrumental in encouraging 15 States and 13 UT to adopt food fortification. She detailed upon organizing the FSSAI Eat Right Mela in Delhi.

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Punjab food safety commissioner orders check on sale of open/loose spices, salt

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The Food and Drug Administration commissioner of Punjab Friday directed food safety teams to check the sale of open/loose powdered spices, condiments and salt across the state.

"Under the provisions of Food Safety & Standards (Prohibition & Restrictions on Sales) Regulation, 2006, no person can sell powdered spices and condiments except ‘under packed condition’," Food Safety Commissioner K S Pannu said in an official statement here.

According to the regulation, condiments and spices can be sold only if they are properly packaged and labelled.

"Therefore, all teams have been directed to be vigilant and to ensure that open and loose spices, condiments and salt are not sold in their respective areas of jurisdiction and to take action under the Food Safety & Standards Act against the defaulters," Pannu said.

He said it was not uncommon for ground spices to be adulterated with artificial colours, starch, chalk powder, etc., in order to increase their weight and enhance their appearance.

"The consumption of adulterated spices can cause a number of diseases, including skin allergies, liver disorders, etc. So, food safety teams have been directed to check the sale of unpackaged salt, spices and condiments," Pannu added.

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Advise social media platforms to put in place system for tracking fake messages: FSSAI to MeitY

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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has requested the ministry to "sensitise" social media platforms on the large-scale implications of such false propaganda, RS Prasad said.

Food safety regulator FSSAI has requested the IT ministry to ensure social media platforms put in place a mechanism to track fake messages with regard to safety and quality of food products, Parliament was informed.

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Electronics and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said FSSAI, in a November 27 letter, expressed concern over circulation of false and malicious videos on various social media platforms regarding the safety and quality of food available in the country.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has requested the ministry to "sensitise" social media platforms on the large-scale implications of such false propaganda, Prasad said.

The regulator has also asked the ministry to advise social media platforms to put in place a system for tracking of messages so that such mischievous perpetrators could be brought to book and penal action can be initiated against them, he added.

Prasad said the government has taken several steps to target such fake videos and messages to take action against people for circulating such false content.

The minister said the government has already issued a notice to messaging platform WhatsApp in July this year on spread of fake news through its platform. WhatsApp, in its response, has conveyed a number of steps that it has taken to address the issue of fake news.

The government has been asking the Facebook-owned company to put in place a mechanism to curb fake messages on its platform, that incited mob fury earlier this year. More than a dozen people were killed across India this year in mob lynchings, fuelled by rumours circulated on WhatsApp.The rumours ranged from suspicion of stealing children to victims being believed to be killing cows. Riots were instigated by people forwarding and misinterpreting videos on WhatsApp.

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