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Consumers Association of India–Chennai-Press News

25,March, 2019 Leave a comment


Greetings from Consumers Association of India!


Consumers Association of India Chennai in coordination with Consumer Voice, New Delhi is involved in creating awareness about the dangers of using Tobacco Products,to protect the health of the younger generation and children


We have organised a work shop on "Release of the Big Tobacco; Tiny Targets" Study in TamilNadu


Mrs M .P Nirmala IAS Rtd, Chairperson TamilNadu Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Government of TamilNadu will be inaugurating the session.  Dr.A.Somasundaram, MBBS, MD, DPH, Joint Director TCB, Chennai will give special address. 


Experts from Health Department, Tobacco Control Board, Education Department etc will be speaking on Saving Young generation from exposure to Tobacco Products and their use.A Study report on the Big Tobacco: Tiny Targets in Tamil Nadu will be presented.


                        Date: 26th March,2019, 10.30am to 1.00pm

Place: Hotel Raj Park, Alwarpet,TTK Road, Near Music Academy, Chennai 600018



For more information please contact Mr M.Somasundaram , Liaison Officer




Nirmala Desikan


Consumers Association of India & The CONCERT Trust
32, Kohinoor Complex
Vettuvankeni, Chennai 600115
Ph:   044 24494575/77
Fax: 044 24492140

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FSSAI approves 13 food testing laboratories including five private facilities as NRL

22,March, 2019 Leave a comment

FSSAI approves 13 food testing laboratories including five private facilities as NRL

New Delhi, Mar 20 (KNN) Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has approved 13 food testing laboratories including five private facilities as National Reference Laboratory (NRL) under Food Safety and Standards (Recognition and Notification of Laboratories) Regulations, 2018 for specific areas.

FSSAI will provide an annual grant to each NRL as approved by the Authority from time to time.

This grant shall be used for expenditure towards manpower, method development/ validation, training and research activities, sourcing of certified reference materials and proficiency testing/ inter- laboratory comparison, according to the notification.

Any additional expenditure incurred towards method development, training, PT exercise at the request of FSSAI shall be provided at actuals.

NRL covers states like Kerala, Punjab, Pune, Uttar Pradesh, Hyderabad and Kolkata.

FSSAl may also consider partially supporting organizing of annual events by NRLs on prior request by concerned NRL.

The Handbook of Guidelines for National Reference Laboratory and MoU will be shared shortly by FSSAI.

The notification said that the recognition of NRL shall come into effect only after receipt of MoU duly NRL and its acceptance by FSSAI.

Under the Food Safety and Standards the food authority may recognize any notified food laboratory or referral food laboratory, as a reference laboratory for the purpose of developing methods of testing, validation, proficiency testing and training.

The reference laboratory shall be a resource centre for provision of information for certified reference materials and reference materials, develop standards for routine testing procedures and reliable testing methods, provide technical support in the area of competence, evaluate the performance of other notified laboratories, coordinate exchange of information amongst notified food laboratories and collaborate for data generation among the network of notified food laboratories and referral food laboratories and collate the data related to their specific domain.

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Sodium hydrosulphite found in mawa during raid

22,March, 2019 Leave a comment

Jaipur: Non-edible sodium hydrosulphite has been found during a raid at a mawa manufacturing unit in Lohawat Vayiyon Ki Dhani in Jodhpur district on Tuesday.

Ahead of Holi, the demand for mawa has increased manifold and to cater the need of mawa, some producers of mawa, which is required for preparing sweets, are using unlawful means to cash in on its increasing demand.

“Sodium hydrosulphite is non-edible and it is unsafe for human consumption. We have found that the owner of the firm was using it as clarification agent. It is used to give whiteness and to reduce yellowish colour of mawa,” said Dr Sunil Singh, state nodal officer (food safety), who raided the unit in Jodhpur.

It has been found that the owner was purchasing milk without any fat at a cost of Rs10 per litre. He was also allegedly using refined vegetable oil and to give it whiteness, he was using sodium hydrosulphite.

According to officials, sodium hydrosulphite is also used in preparing jaggery as clarification agent. Since it is not safe for health, the health department destroyed 50kg of mawa found from the unit. The officials said that mawa is prepared by using milk and sugar only. But, to make more money, the some of the owners are using adulterants to prepare cheap mawa, which is unsafe for human consumption.

Also, the health department’s team found that the owner did not have any licence required under Food Safety and Standards Act. The health department officials have collected samples of mawa and sent it for laboratory test.

Besides, there were more such units of mawa but when the health department teams reached to conduct raids, they closed it and fled from the scene.

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Zomato introduces tamper-proof packaging in 10 cities

22,March, 2019 Leave a comment

New Delhi, Mar 20 () Online restaurant guide and food ordering firm Zomato Wednesday said it has pushed tamper-proof packaging in 10 cities in India to add an extra layer of safety for food deliveries.

The safety seals are made from a single material polymer and are completely reusable and recyclable. The company would also launch biodegradable versions of packaging, Zomato said in a statement.

"This packaging will be 100 per cent tamper proof – once the food is sealed by the restaurant, the packet can only be opened by cutting off the top-end strip," it added.

In the first phase, this packaging is introduced in 10 cities — Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Nagpur and Vadodara — it said in a statement.

Subsequently, it would be introduced in over 180 cities where Zomato’s online ordering and food delivery services are present, it added.

" ‘Zomato Safely Sealed’ is our latest attempt at adding an extra layer of safety, ensuring our users receive food as good as it was when it was prepared in the kitchen," Zomato Food Delivery CEO Mohit Gupta said.

Over 5,000 restaurant partners are sealing their food using the packaging, he added.Founded by Deepinder Goyal, Zomato is a restaurant reviews, restaurant discovery, food delivery and dining out transactions platform providing information for over 1.4 million restaurants across 24 countries.

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FSSAI may give relief to craft brewers on yeast count

22,March, 2019 Leave a comment

BENGALURU: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) may allow, at least for the time being, craft breweries to continue making beer with higher yeast content than its newly prescribed norms, which come into effect from April 1.

The move comes following a meeting of the scientific panel of the regulator with the Craft Brewers Association of India (CBAI) earlier this week, where the latter presented its views on the yeast count and said it was difficult to operate under the limits ordered by the regulator. They said the new standards do not improve food safety for the consumer. FSSAI has been concerned that yeast count above the prescribed limit may make the beer unsafe.

The concern stems from the fact that beer, if not stored properly, may develop “yeast and mould” contaminants. But brewers say that the storage is done in safe conditions and containers are deoxidised so that the beer does not come in contact with the external atmosphere.

The regulator, in a gazette notification last year, had said that regular beer or lager should be free of yeast while draught beer should have yeast content of at most 40 CFU (colony-forming units). The notification does not put craft beer into a separate category, which had put the breweries in a tizzy as many craft beers have yeast content as high as 3 million CFU. A variety of craft beer makers have emerged across India in recent years, including Simba, Bira, White Rhino, Toit, Arbor Brewing Company, and White Owl.

While the meeting had no outcome immediately, the panel is expected to present its views soon. “We will wait for the panel to make recommendations and till the time they do, craft brewers can continue producing beer like they have been doing,” FSSAI chief executive Pawan Agarwal said.

The brewers had wanted a clarification whether yeast was being classified as a contaminant or a raw material, one that is a basic ingredient in a beer.

Normal beer undergoes filtration and pasteurisation to reduce the yeast content, a process not applicable for craft beers. The nature and quantity of yeast gives the craft beer, and especially wheat beer, a fruity profile and a light spicy, pepper like character, thus distinguishing it from normal beer.

Wheat beer, both German and Belgian, have emerged as the largest selling drink for many microbreweries in India. If the FSSAI’s rules were to be implemented, it would be a significant hit on the craft brewing industry.

The CBAI has said that in countries such as Germany, UK, Canada and US, there is no limit to the yeast count in beer. Germany’s Hefeweizen typically contains 10 million CFU/ml yeast, while cask ale in the UK is specified to contain at least 100,000 CFU/ml yeast. In Italy, beers that are filtered and pasteurised is not classified as craft beer. “It is not that wheat beer cannot be produced with low yeast content, but then the product will no longer be authentic,” said a microbrewery owner.

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Type I Diabetes students carrying pricking device

22,March, 2019 Leave a comment

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Carbide only for industrial use: HC

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20,March, 2019 Leave a comment
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FSSAI issues guidance document on FSMS to implement GMP & GHP for milk

20,March, 2019 Leave a comment

FSSAI has issued a guidance document on Food Safety Management System (FSMS) to implement GMP (good manufacturing practices)/GHP (good hygiene practices) requirements for milk and milk products.
This document is applicable for food businesses involved in the dairy sector, which includes all milk and milk products, which includes liquid milk, UHT (ultra-high temperature) milk, condensed milk, fermented milk and flavoured milk, ghee, butter, cream, dairy whitener (WMP [whole milk powder] and SMP [skimmed mik powder]), curd, yoghurt, buttermilk, paneer, and cheese.
The document, based on the product category, can be used by the FBOs (food business operators) as per the operations applicable to them.
The document is divided into five main sections.
The first section gives an overview of the dairy industry in India along with the rising need for food safety in the sector.
The second contains guidance for implementation of GMP and GHP as outlined in Part III of Schedule 4 of Food Safety and Standards (Licensing & Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.
The third section is recommendatory in nature and provides the basic knowledge and criteria for implementation of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system by the food businesses.
This section includes the manufacturing flow chart and two tables: Hazard Analysis and HACCP Plans.
The Hazard Analysis tables are intended to help the industry to identify the food safety risks related to each processing step, to identify the Critical Control Points (CCPs) along with recommended corrective actions and other related information.
Sample HACCP plans have been taken from some established practicing dairy industries. These plans could be used as reference by the industry and modified or altered based on their operations.  
The fourth section provides an inspection checklist for FBOs to audit their facility and operations. The FBOs can evaluate themselves based on the indicative scoring.
The last section gives important templates and forms to be required by FBOs to maintain the records. This includes mandatory forms as prescribed by FSSAI and a few templates for maintaining records of processes critical for food safety.
Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI, stated that this document contained practical approaches which a business should adopt to ensure food safety.
“And it is important that food handlers involved in whole supply chain of milk and milk products are trained appropriately to implement the good manufacturing practices and good hygiene practices to ensure food safety,” he added.
“We acknowledge the contribution of the experts from the technical panel of FSSAI for developing this document,” Agarwal said.
“And this is prepared with the intent to provide implementation guidance to food businesses (especially the small and medium businesses) involved in manufacturing/processing, packing, storage, distribution, retail and transportation of food supplements to ensure that critical food safety-related aspects are addressed throughout the supply chain,” he added.
Agarwal, however, pointed out that manufacturers may adopt higher or stringent levels, depending on the needs and complexity of operation. The use of this guidance is voluntary and FBOs may comply with the requirement of the regulation, according to other established best practices.

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