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29,January, 2014 Comments off

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மாட்டு பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

15,January, 2014 Comments off

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பொங்கல் நல்வாழ்த்துக்கள்

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WISH YOU ALL TO HAPPY NEW YEAR-2014

31,December, 2013 2 comments

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Milk dealers urge govt. to sort out adulteration issue

12,December, 2013 Comments off

The Milk Dealers Welfare Association wants the government to call the dealers for a dialogue to address the issue of adulteration.

The association, which met here on Sunday, has sought government support to form a four-member committee to inspect milk production units.

The meeting was held following a Supreme Court’s decision to take stringent action against milk producers and distributors for adulteration.

The State consumes around 1.5 crore litres of milk. While Aavin produces around 25 lakh litres, private companies provide the rest of it.

A national survey on milk adulteration done two years ago found that an estimated 12 per cent of milk sold in the State does not conform to parameters set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.

Association president S.A. Ponnusamy said, “It is difficult for each dealer to ensure the quality of milk we sell. Dealers must pay Rs. 5,000 for each sample for the tests and only King Institute, Guindy does the tests. Since each producer offers at least four varieties of milk, we could end up paying Rs. 20,000 for these tests.”

At present, milk samples are taken for testing from the dealers’ end by officials of Food Safety and Aavin.

“We never know the result of these tests as officials inform the company who are expected to set right the anomaly. Since the court has said that we would also be punishable, we suggest that the committee include an IAS officer, a representative from the milk producers’ federation, a citizen and a member of our association,” Mr. Ponnusamy added.

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Milk safety sinks amid dearth of food officers

12,December, 2013 Comments off

The Supreme Court might have prescribed punishment of life imprisonment to people indulging in production and marketing of adulterated milk, Jharkhand is apparently not in a position to catch the real culprits when it comes to implementing the order.

As against 24 Food Safety Officers required to be appointed in the State, on one each in every district, to collect food samples including milk, which is quite vulnerable to be adulterated, just nine such authorities are on the job here. The officers are also doing multi-tasking. Worst is the lone presence of Food Analyst who is often overburdened with the samples collected and test those to certify their edibility.

The situation is so when the Government under the Jharkhand Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2011 says Food Safety Officer shall be a whole time officer and even Jharkhand High Court had taken suo-motto cognizance on the basis of the report published in The Pioneer on January 11, 2012.

“We have been able to collect five samples related to milk and milk products since September. In one case of October, conviction has been made. But considering the spread of the area and quantum of supply more and more samples should be collected. It is because the State does not have sufficient man power in place,” said Director, Food Safety of the State Health Department TP Burnwal. Food samples coming for testing remained just two in September, one in October and again two during the presiding month.

Jharkhand figures among top in the list of States consuming vegetable diets more as per the National Sample Survey Organisation data released recently. This left Jharkhandis depending heavily on milk and related products. Though the reality puts alarm bell ringing in light of milk samples the Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) had collected last time. Report of FSSAI had reveled in 2011 that not a single sample of milk collected from the State was up to the food safety standards. Things have not changed much thereafter in Jharkhand.

“We have cases of water mixing more in numbers. But have found samples which have been unfit for consumption. If more samples come for testing I guess the cases of adulteration would certainly go up,” said JK Singh, the lone Food Analyst Jharkhand has thus far. Though there are brands like Sudha, Dairy Fresh, Medha and Shayam who deal in packaged milk, considerable amount of supply is dependent on gwalas (milkmen) making merry of the provisions made.

“In the case of milk, instances of water being mixed are more that lower fat content. It is also important to note that most of the milk business is in unorganised sector and it is very difficult to rein the milkmen,” KP Singh, Food Safety Officer for Ranchi. Singh revealed that in last one year about 100 cases of food adulteration had been detected out those 55 were educative in nature and thus fined while 44 considered unsafe and sent to the CJM for prosecution

“Mixing is there but not so dangerous to health to consumers. It is because milkmen here do not use substances like Urea to make synthetic milk. In most of the cases water and starch is mixed to befool the lactometer tests. But we have our own test labs where milk coming from the registered farmers gets tested before being packed and supplied,” said Saif Khan of Dairy Fresh.

The brand is supplying about 10,000 liters of milk in Ranchi and around daily. Khan also admits that after the Food Safety Act coming into force mentality for adulteration has gone down, at least at organised level. Cases of fatal adulteration in milk products go up during festival seasons and marriages which make life of consumers in danger even further

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பாலில் கலப்படம்; ஆயுள் தண்டனை

7,December, 2013 Comments off

புதுடில்லி:

பால் பொருட்களில் கலப்படம் செய்து விற்போருக்கு ஆயுள் தண்டனை வரை விதிக்கலாம் என சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட் யோசனை தெரிவித்துள்ளது. நுகரும் மனிதனை கடுமையாக பாதிப்பை ஏற்படுத்தும் இந்த குற்றம் மிக கொடூரமானது என்றும் நீதிபதிகள் கூறியுள்ளனர்.

கடந்த 2011 ம் ஆண்டில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் தர நிர்ணய அமைப்பு சேகரித்த பால் மாதிரிகளில், பெரும்பாலனவை கலப்படம் நிறைந்ததாக இருந்தது என்று அறிக்கை வெளியிடப்பட்டது. இதன் அடிப்படையில் சுப்ரீம் கோர்ட்டில் ஒரு மனு தாக்கல் செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளதுஇந்த மனுவை கே.எஸ். ராதாகிருஷ்ணன் மற்றும் ஏ.கே.சிக்ரி ஆகியோரை கொண்ட பெஞ்ச் விசாரித்தது. நீதிபதிகள்; தங்களின் உத்தரவில், பால் கலப்படம் தொடர்பான விஷயத்தில் உற்பத்தி மற்றும் மார்க்கெட்டிங் ஆகியன குறித்து மாநில அரசுகள் தீவிரமாக கண்காணிக்க வேண்டும். மேலும் இது தொடர்பான சட்ட நடவடிக்கைக்கு ஏதுவாக மாநிலங்களில் நடைமுறையில் இருக்கும் சட்டங்களில் மாற்றம் கொண்டு வர வேண்டும். இதற்கான நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்பட வேண்டும். பால் கலப்படம் நுகரும் மனிதனை கடுமையாக பாதிக்கும் . இது கொடூர குற்றம் ஆகும்.

உணவு பாதுகாப்பு தர நிர்ணயம் தொடர்பான சட்டத்தில் இருக்கும் தற்போதைய தண்டனை போதாது. ஆயுள் தண்டனை வரை வழங்கிட வழி செய்ய வேண்டும். இவ்வாறு நீதிபதிகள் கூறியுள்ளனர்.

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சுகாதாரமற்ற மீன் விற்பனை அதிகாரி எச்சரிக்கை

2,December, 2013 Comments off
 

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கோபி அருகே உள்ள மொடச்சூர் வாரச்சந்தை பகுதியில் சுகாதாரமற்ற முறையில் மீன் விற்பனை செய்து கொண்டிருந்தவர்களுக்கு உணவு பொருள் பாதுகாப்புத்துறை அதிகாரிகள் எச்சரிக்கை விடுத்தனர்.
கோபி அருகே உள்ள மொடச்சூர் வாரச்சந்தை பகுதியில் வாரம் தோறும் சுமார் பத்துக்கும் மேற்பட்டவர்கள் மீன் விற்பனை செய்து வருகின்றனர்.
மீன் விற்பனை செய்யப்படும் இடங்கள் சுகாதாரமற்ற முறையில் இருப்பதாகவும், உரிய உரிமம் இல்லாமல் இருப்பதாகவும் உணவு பொருள் பாதுகாப்புத்துறை அதிகாரிகளுக்கு பல்வேறு புகார்கள் வந் தது.
அதைத்தொடர்ந்து நேற்று காலை உணவு பொருள் பாதுகாப்புத்துறை அதிகாரிகள் மனேகரன், முருகேசன், கண்ணன் உள்ளிட்ட அதிகாரிகள் மொடச்சூர் சந்தை கடை பகுதியில் சோதனை நடத்தினர். அப்போது அங்குள்ள அனைத்து மீன் கடைகளிலும், கழிவுகள் தேங்கி சுகாதாரமற்ற முறையில் இருப்பது தெரியவந்தது. அதைத்தொடர்ந்து கழிவுகளை உடனடியாக அப்புறப்படுத்த அதிகாரிகள் உத்தரவிட்டனர்.
மேலும் கடைக்காரர்களிடம் நடத்திய விசாரணையில் கடை வைப்பதற்கான உரிமம் இல்லாமல் இருப்பது தெரியவந்தது. மேலும் அவர்கள் பயன்படுத்திய எடை கற்கள் உரிய எடை அளவில் இல்லாமல் இருப்பதும் தெரியவந்தது. அதைத் தொடர்ந்து ஒரு வார காலத்திற்குள் உரிமம் பெற வேண்டும் எனவும் அதன் பிறகே கடை வைக்க வேண்டும் என்று கடை உரிமையாளர்களுக்கு உணவு பொருள் பாதுகாப்புத்துறை அதிகாரிகள் எச்சரிக்கை விடுத்தனர்.

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FSSAI labeling issue hits packaged food imports hard

6,November, 2013 Comments off

Categories across the board from chocolate to cheese, olive oil to biscuits have been impacted as a result of stand off between importers, food safety regulator

It is not just your favourite imported chocolate that went missing from shop shelves this festive season. Crispies such as Pringles, gourmet cheese, olive oil, biscuits, noodles, pasta, jams, honey, oats, sauces… you name it… were hardly to be found this Diwali as the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s apex regulator, came down heavily on importers over labeling issues.

Government sources indicate that packaged foods worth over Rs 750-1,000 crore were stuck at various ports and airports across the country as the food safety regulator insisted that importers desist from using stickers on food products to indicate crucial details such as the product type, price and nutritional value.

What’s worse? The stand-off, on for the last three months, shows no signs of abating, as FSSAI refuses to budge from its position. “FSSAI’s move is in line with the law, and all companies – be it Indian or foreign – should comply with it. Stickers are temporary measures. When our norms are clearly laid out, companies must print them on the packs that are to be shipped to India,” an FSSAI official when contacted said. He declined to be quoted given the sensitivity of the matter.

But importers, irked by the lacklustre Diwali sales, say that if the issue is not sorted out soon enough could impact business during Christmas and New Year too. Almost 50-55% of packaged food imports in India happen during the festive season, since it is utilised mainly for gifting purposes besides consumption. 

Amit Lohani, convenor, Forum of Indian Food Importers, a body of food importers in the country, says FIFI has already made numerous representations to FSSAI in a bid to resolve the issue. "On October 31, FSSAI came out with a notification agreeing to one of our demands, which is to allow the food safety logo on a sticker. This is with immediate effect," Lohani, who imports Danish cookies, meats, beer and coffee among other products, said.

Lohani points to other issues worrying importers. "Such as 100% sampling of containers coming into the country," he says. "Earlier sampling was to the extent of 5-10% not more. This was to give an idea of what the consignment was made up of. With 100% sampling of each and every container now, this is obviously leading to a huge delay. Containers are hardly getting cleared," says Lohani.

Slower product approvals are another issue bogging importers for a while now. Lohani says there are almost 11,000 applications pending approval from the FSSAI, with the body clearing just about 8-10 applications a day. "At this rate, the regulator will take about two to three years to clear the backlog," he says.

However, there are voices that speak in favour of the food safety regulator’s recent moves. Says Saloni Nangia, president, Technopak Advisors; "The FSSAI’s move to enforce labeling standards is a step in the right direction. India for long has been a dumping ground for products that are well past their sell-by-date. At least now there will be some accountability. Product quality is compromised with the use of stickers. FSSAI is attempting to stop that."

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