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சுப்புலாபுரத்தில் 40 லிட்டர் சமையல் எண்ணெய் பறிமுதல்: உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் நடவடிக்கை

25,September, 2017 Leave a comment

திருநெல்வேலி,:

சுப்புலாபுரம் சுற்றுப்பகுதிகளில் உ ணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் எண்ணெய் வியாபாரிக ளிடம் ஆய்வு செய்தபோது 40 லிட்டர் கலப்பட சமையல் எண் ணெயை பறிமுதல் செய்தனர்.

கரிவலம் வந்தநல்லுாரை அடுத்த சுப்புலாபுரம் கிராமத் தில் கலப்பட எண்ணெய் உதிரியாக விற்பனை செய்யப் படுவதாக தமிழக உணவுத் துறை மற்றும் நிர்வாகத் துறை ஆணையர் அமுதா விற்கு புகார்கள் சென்றன. அவரது உத்தரவின் பேரில் மாவட்ட நியமன அலுவலர் டாக்டர். செந்தில்குமார், உணவு ஆய்விற்காக உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர்களை கொண்ட குழுவை அமைத்தார். இதில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர்கள் முத்துகுமாரசாமி, சண்முகசுந்தரம், கருப்பசாமி ஆகியோர் கொண்ட குழு சுப்புலாபுரம் கிராமத்தில்  கலப்பட் எண்ணெய்  விற்பனை செய்யப்படுகிறதா என அறிய எண்ணெய் வியாபாரிகளின் வீடுகள் மற்றும் அவர்களது இருசக்கர வாகனங்களை ஆய்வு செய்தனர். அப்போது 2 வீடுக ளில் விற்பனைக்காக மறைத்து வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்த 5லிட்டர் கொள்ளளவு கொண்ட 10 கேன்களில் இருந்த சுமார் 40  லிட்டர் கடலை எண் ணெய், பாமாயில் போன்றவற்றை பறிமுதல் செய்து கரிவலம்வந்த நல்லுார் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் அலுவலகத்திற்கு கொண்டு சென்று  சீல் வைத்தனர்.  இதுதவிர அதிகாரிகள், எண்ணெய் வியாபாரிகளின் இருசக்கர வாகனங்களில் விற்பனைக்கு வைத்திருந்த பாமாயில் கடலை எண்ணெயை உணவு மாதிரி எடுக்கப் பட்டு அரசால் வரையறுக்கப்பட்ட உணவு பகுப்பாய் விற்காக அனுப்பினர்.

இது குறித்து உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் கூறுகையில், ‘ பொதுமக்கள் உதிரியாக விற்கப்படும் எண்ணெயை வாங்க கூடாது. பாக்கெட் எண்ணெய் வாங்கும் போது விளக்கெரிக்க பயன்படுத்த மற்றும் பூஜா எண்ணெய் அல்லது வெளி உபயோகத்திற்கு மட்டும் என சிறிய அளவில் அச்சடிக்கப்பட்ட வாசகங்கள் இருந்தால், அந்த எண்ணெய் பாக்கெட்டுகள் தரம் குறைந்தவை மற்றும் பாதுகாப்பற்றவை என்பதால், மக்கள் எச்சரிக்கையுடன் மேற்கண்ட எண்ணெய்களை வாங்குவதை தவிர்க்க வேண்டும் ’என்றார்.

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Tirunelveli

FSSAI, NADA ink pact to ensure dope-free nutrition supplements

16,September, 2017 Leave a comment
 

Concerned over doping cases in sportspersons, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) today signed an agreement to put in place a system to ensure dope- free sports nutrition supplements are sold in the market.

At present, the NADA conducts test on human beings for doping, but there is no mechanism in place to test ‘doping substance’ in nutrition supplements that are consumed both by sportspersons and fitness enthusiasts. "Doping has been a major concern with us.

When we analysed the cases, we found many of the athletes involved in doping were on account of nutrition supplements. We took up with the FSSAI to address the issue," NADA Director General and CEO Navin Agarwal told reporters after the signing of the agreement.

The NADA chief added: "This holistic effort aims to provide an ecosystem of safe food for sports professionals across the country. It is one of the significant steps for NADA to ensure healthy and safe supplements for competing athletes." Sportspersons are in a dilemma as to which dietary supplement to use.

"Many of them, instead of developing their stamina and physique, end up in doping violation," he said. It is a major public health issue for citizens as well because many of the supplements available in the open market near gyms contain some of the dope substances that are harmful for long-term health of an individual, he said.

The need of the hour is to put in place "some sort of facility" to ensure sportspersons do not inadvertently end up doping through supplements. Highlighting the key work areas to be undertaken as per the memorandum of agreement (MoU), FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal said a working group of scientific committee will be set up that will give guidance for setting standards for manufacturers and importers of these products and method of testing doping substance in nutrition supplements.

"NADA labs do testing on humans for doping not on substances. As far as doping substances is concerned, the capacity of our labs has to be built to do the testing," he said, adding that the NADA will help in capacity building of FSSAI-accredited testing labs as well as the regulatory staff.

According to the FSSAI chief, the move will ensure food safety ecosystem in sports nutrition becomes more robust over time. The two bodies will also work together to come out with guidance on labelling with instructions on using supplements and printing ‘dope-free’, he said. "We are also looking at international experiences. We do not find provisions for labelling requirement for doping substances.

There are some voluntary efforts around the world, but we are going to study them," the FSSAI chief said. The issues related to surveillance and enforcement as also creating awareness about safe and judicious use of nutrition supplements will also be studied, he added.

The MoU signed with the FSSAI is valid for five years. The NADA has recently inked similar agreement with a drug regulator. Despite 300 doped substances banned globally, nearly 10 of them like Diuretics and Hormones are most widely used.

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FSSAI targets supplements, looks to curb doping in sports

16,September, 2017 Leave a comment
 

Food regulator FSSAI will bring in rules on the presence of doping substances in food and nutritional supplements that are usually sold off the shelf

‘We have formed a working committee consisting of experts from relevant industries for technical assistance,’ FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal has said. Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint

New Delhi: The country’s food regulator now wants to curb the use of prohibited performance-enhancing substances by sports professionals through nutritional supplements.

Over the next few months, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will bring in regulations on the presence of doping substances in food and nutritional supplements that are usually sold off the shelf. Companies will have to follow specific labelling norms for selling food and nutritional supplements. Both domestically produced products and imported supplements will come under the FSSAI regime.

FSSAI, which signed a five-year agreement with National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on Thursday, will develop capacities at its laboratories to test for the presence of restricted or prohibited substances in food and nutritional supplements.

At present, FSSAI laboratories do not have either the expertise or the capacity for this. NADA, however, does.

“We have formed a working committee consisting of experts from relevant industries for technical assistance. A draft regulation will be discussed in the next meeting on 21 September,” said Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI.

Besides FSSAI’s own team, the committee will have representatives from NADA, Sports Authority of India (SAI) and Narcotics Control Bureau, among others. FSSAI is also in the process of constituting a team for surveillance and enforcement of regulations. “As part of awareness development among consumers, we’ll also bring a special usage guide. Most of the doping is done without knowledge and they have ill-effects in the long term,” Agarwal added.

FSSAI and NADA held a series of meetings on the subject of doping in the last few months after the latter requested the food regulator to frame standards and regulations. “Doping is a menace we need to stop. With FSSAI, we’ll try to ensure availability of safe supplements for competing athletes, among others. There are about 300 substances that are prohibited globally. Of these, about 10 such as steroids, are commonly used,” said Navin Aggarwal, CEO and director general, NADA.

Last year, FSSAI notified standards for health supplements, nutraceuticals, foods for special dietary use, foods for special medical purposes, functional foods and novel foods. According to the notification, these foods should “consist of a composition delivering the desired level of energy, proteins, vitamins and minerals, and other essential nutrients required for the respective age group, gender and physiological stage in accordance with the guidelines made by the Indian Council of Medical Research”.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), in its doping violation report for 2015, ranked India third after the Russian Federation and Italy. In 2015, 117 athletes failed to clear dope tests.

The Indian government had, in 2013, drafted the National Sports Development Bill that highlighted elimination of doping practices. As per a 27 April report in the Indian Express, the government has been working on a new legislation to make doping by athletes a criminal offence and the proposed law could include coaches, manufacturers and suppliers of these products.

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India likely to ban cheap Pepper imports siting quality concerns

16,September, 2017 Leave a comment
 

For the past few months Cheap Pepper imports from Vietnam has been causing problems in India, as decline in domestic prices being the main problem. Now the Spices board has recommended a ban on imports of Pepper siting quality concerns.

Pepper prices in India has declined to about Rs 400 per kg from Rs 650 per kg about a year ago, on the back of cheap imports from Vietnam through Sri lanka. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has put the Vietnamese Pepper under the scanner for suspected contamination.

Three months ago, the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX), expecting to bring some stability in prices launched trading in Malabar Garbled Black Pepper futures contract, but due to the cheap import it did not get the desired result.

It is estimated that Vietnam has exported about 3000 tons of Pepper to Sri Lanka during July and another 2000 tons in August and from that a majority share has arrived in India. Import from Sri Lanka carries a duty of 8 percent under the SAARC agreement, compared with 70 percent from other countries.

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Fungal Infection on imported wheat: Food safety nod must for distribution, Says Kerala HC

16,September, 2017 Leave a comment
 

KOCHI: Imported wheat that was found to have fungal infection should not be distributed without the approval of food safety commissioner, the Kerala high court has ordered.

While issuing the directive, a division bench led by the chief justice said it is not possible to compromise in the matter of food safety and health. The court was considering an appeal filed by the state government regarding release of wheat imported by a private firm that was seized upon finding that it is not fit for use.

Kozhikode-based PK Roller Flour Mills had imported 20,000 tonnes of wheat from Ukraine through Kochi port in December last year. Food safety department had seized the wheat alleging that the wheat had fungal infection and is old.

Challenging the food safety department’s action at the high court, the company had alleged that the wheat can be used after washing and drying it. A single bench had allowed for inspecting 20 tonnes of the wheat stored at a warehouse of the port after washing it. The company then sought a directive to shift the wheat to Kozhikode for washing. The court allowed such action to be carried out in the presence of an advocate commissioner.

During the hearing on the appeal filed by the food safety commissioner, state government contended that the wheat is not fit for human consumption and distribution of the wheat would create health problems.

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This Delhi Man Found Insects & Bugs In Domino’s Oregano Sachets

16,September, 2017 Leave a comment
 

We all like to have days when we can kick back and relax with a chilled beverage and a pizza. Cooking seems like such a task these days and we’d rather spend that time watching TV or having a conversation. The pizza arrives and our gut instinct is to reach out for the packets that contain chilli flakes and oregano, and many of us sprinkle them all over our pizza without a second thought. They’re only condiments, right? Well, you may want to look closely from now on, for this man found insects in Dominos pizza oregano packets and he’s uploaded a revolting video on social media as proof.

Insects In Dominos Pizza Packets

Delhi’s Rahul Arora had ordered a pizza like any other person on Friday evening and fell ill the morning after. He happened to notice tiny insects moving around in the oregano sachets and even uploaded a video where he opens a completely sealed packet pours out the contents into a small steel bowl. You can immediately see the tiny brown insects scurrying away.

Domino’s has replied to Arora’s tweet saying that they follow strict procedures and that they’d want to investigate the matter with him over a private conversation. The sachets even have the FSSAI accreditation on them. In which case, we wonder whether brands really adhere to the rules and regulations that FSSAI has put into place when they package anything.

Rahul Arora later got a call from Domino’s offering to replace his order. But, he told them off by saying that the issue is not a home delivery complaint and that the illness was caused due to the consumption of contaminated food. It’s wrong to trivialise such a thing.

He has also registered a complaint with the Department of Consumer Affairs and is waiting for a response. As quoted to NDTV, he said that “I wonder what would have happened if this happened in the US,” and that “The chalta hai attitude towards Indian consumers should end.”

Now, we understand that Domino’s probably doesn’t package its own oregano, and it probably has outsourced this to another company that prints and packages the herbs under the name of the brand. This does lead us to think whether the source goes through quality check from time to time.

Update

Since the video and Arora’s story went viral over the internet, Domino’s has released a statement that says, “This is with respect to a Consumer Complaint received on 11th September 2017 regarding oregano sachets, supplied by one of our vendors, in an outlet in Gurugram. The Company has since carried out a comprehensive inspection across vendors & stores and would like to reassure that all our food ingredients are safe for consumption and we have not received any other complaint of this nature.”

“Jubilant FoodWorks maintains stringent hygiene and quality standards for its products. All the vendors and manufacturing units are FSMS (food safety management systems) certified. We also have Hazard & Critical Control Points (HACCP) certified (globally accepted standard for quality certification) commissaries where we follow strict quality standards and have a regular Audit process of all ingredients used.”

“Jubilant FoodWorks values its consumer’s experience and would like to reassure all its Consumers about best quality products, service and a great Domino’s experience at all times.”

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Unlicensed water plant sealed

16,September, 2017 Leave a comment

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Villupuram

தரமற்ற குடிநீர் சுத்திகரிப்பு ஆலைக்கு சீல் வைப்பு

16,September, 2017 Leave a comment

Categories: DISTRICT-NEWS, Villupuram

FDA to train temple trusts in food safety

14,September, 2017 Leave a comment
 

To ensure that the temple offerings are healthy and hygienic, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will be conducting training sessions on food safety for over 254 temple trusts across the state.

The initiative will be flagged off in Mumbai on Wednesday, September 13, at Iskcon Temple, Juhu.

The initiative called the Blissful Hygienic Offering to God (BHOG) was launched by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in Prabhadevi-based Siddhivinayak Temple.

Training will be conducted in various districts across the state throughout September.

FDA Commissioner Dr Pallavi Darade said 53 temple trusts and vendors who prepare various kinds of prasad will be attending the first session. The topics to be covered include food safety, ingredients, packaging, and hygiene.

The session will help temple trusts maintain proper standards of food hygiene. Participants would be introduced to a scientific approach to safety concerns and learn about the rules and regulation of food safety," Darade said.

"More training sessions will be planned depending upon the number of temple trusts that come forward. We will be training 3,000 people and 254 temples," said CD Salunke, Joint Commissioner, FDA. In October, restaurant and hotel staff in Mumbai will also receive training by the FDA.

AT A GLANCE

  • In August this year, over 70 Ganpati mandals were trained before the Ganeshotsav festival
  • Through this initiative the FDA plans to train over 254 temples across the state
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