Eat nutritious food to stay healthy: judge – THE HINDU

CHITRADURGA, March 31, 2013

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Instead of consuming nutritious food, which is essential for good health, people are in the habit of consuming junk food, Principal District and Sessions judge Srinivas Harishkumar has said.

Inaugurating a one-day workshop on Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 organised by the zilla panchayat, the District Health and Family Welfare Department and the district administration here on Saturday, Mr. Harishkumar said that the food that people consumed had a direct impact on their mind as well as body.

‘Ascertain quality’

“Instead of being taken in by advertisements, people should ascertain the quality of food before consuming it,” he said.

Presiding over the programme, District Health and Family Welfare Officer Mahalingappa said that people should have a clear idea about what they were consuming.

“If wealth is lost, it can be earned again, but if the health is lost, it cannot be regained,” he said.

District Surgeon Vijaykumar, Information Officer Maheshwariah and Hotel Owners’ Association secretary Arun Kumar were among those present.

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Gutkha ban goes for a toss

TNN | Mar 31, 2013, 02.08 AM IST

INDORE: April 1 (Monday) will mark the first anniversary of ban on manufacture and sale of gutkha in Madhya Pradesh. A day before the ban completes its first year, the Times of India, exposed on Saturday how throughout the city, shopkeepers care two hoots for it. Gutkha was available not just with streetside vendors in residential or commercial localities, but even near government institutions, hospitals, bus and railway stations. Pouches were available at shops even near Indore collectorate, divisional commissioner office and district and sessions court. AThe TOI reality check, exposing open sale of gutkha in the city, began from the posh Vijay Nagar locality, where gutkha was being openly sold and consumed near a premier hospital and a prominent college.

On busy RNT Marg also, gutkha was being openly sold between the administrative campus of Devi Ahilyabai Vidyapeeth Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) and Indore SSP Office, sans any check. A few km away stood shops selling different brands of gutkha near the Indore railway station and even inside the premises of Sarvate bus terminal.

And that wasn’t the end of story. Area near Government Railway Police (GRP) premises too was dotted with shops selling gutkha. A shop was operating within the broken wall of the GRP canteen too.

The next halt in the reality check was the Indore Collectorate, in front of which there were at least two shops where gutkha was available, while another shop located in a lane edging the collectorate, also openly sold the banned product, whose excess consumption can lead to oral cancer.

The hollowness of the blanket ban on gutkha was exposed even near Indore divisional commissioner office and the district and sessions court premises, where too the banned productwas easily available.

When the TOI team queried from the shops selling gutkha about the ban, the shop owners had a common reply saying “We know the product is banned, but when the consumer is hardly bothered about the ban, why should we care.”

Not only was the hollowness of the ban on gutkha exposed during this reality check, but it also came to the fore that the ban had hiked the price of the gutkha at many shops by one rupee.

When queried about checks and raids on shops by the police and district administration to enforce the ban, the kiosk owners smiled and said we don’t remember any such check or raid being conducted by the authorities.

When contacted about the enforcement of the ban, additional district magistrate (ADM) Alok Singh said the ban is being completely ensured and several times raids have been conducted to check manufacture and sale of banned gutkha.

“We’ve formed a joint team of administration, food and drug department and the police to enforce the ban. It recently raided and seized the gutkha stock worth lakhs of rupees. Enforcing the ban is a continuous process, which will go on,” Singh said.

Three days ago, policemen had seized sacks of gutkha worth several lakhs from a godown in Central Kotwali area.

Gutkha, pan masala worth lakhs seized

TNN | Mar 29, 2013, 03.25 AM IST

INDORE: It was on April 1, 2012 that MadhyaPradesh became the first state in the country to ban manufacture and sale of gutkha. But nearly a year gone, the ban seems ineffective on ground. Huge stock of gutkha and pan masala valued inlakhs was found inside a shop-cum-godown nearEllora Plaza on Wednesday.

Though the owner and operator of the godown Vikas Jain claimed that the stock was old and not kept for sale, cops at Central Kotwali police station believe otherwise.

“We believe that the stock was stored for sale in the market and not for return to the gutkha manufacturer as claimed by the stockist to whom the godown number 17 belonged,” in charge of Indore Central Kotwali Rajendra Soni told TOI on Thursday. “The market value of seized products could range between Rs 5-Rs 7 lakh. Staff from Food and Drugs department have sealed the stock and collected samples for laboratory testing, which would help in confirming whether the seized gutkha is magnesium carbonate or nicotine-based,” he added. A team of Central Kotwali as part of patrolling to check alcoholism on Holi, spotted two youths having liquor nearEllora Plaza, who later fled. However, the cops sniffed the fragrance of pan masala and gutkha from a shop-cum-godown.Sacks of gutkha of different brands were then found during the raid.

CSP (Kotwali) Abid Khan and SDM Sapna Jain also visited the godown before the seizure was made.

Sweet, food samples collected from city shops

TNN | Mar 30, 2013, 05.41 AM IST

LUDHIANA: In a bid to prevent food adulteration, the health authorities on Friday took samples of sweets and other food items from two sweet shops and flour samples from flour mills on Tajpur Road and Chandigarh Road.

The samples were collected on the directions of civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta by a team led by district health officer Dr Avinash Kumar and comprising food safety officers Manoj Khosla and Harpreet Kaur.

They collected sweet samples from two separate sweet shops on Tajpur Road and Chandigarh Road, and flour sample from a flour mill on Tajpur Road, apart from milk cream and desi ghee samples from a dairy in the same area. The samples will be sent to the food testing laboratory, following which action will be taken against the owners if the articles fail the test.

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கொடுமுடி அருகே உள்ள கருமாண்டம்பாளையத்தில் உள்ள தனியாருக்கு சொந்தமான அரிசி ஆலையில் போலி டீத்துள்ள தயாரிப்பதாக ரகசிய தகவல் கிடைத்தது.
இதையடுத்து மாவட்ட வருவாய் அதிகாரி கணேஷ், மாவட்ட வழங்கல் அதிகாரி துர்கா மூர்த்தி, உணவு தர நிர்ணய பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரி ரங்கராஜன், மாவட்ட சுகாதாரத்துறை நிர்ணய அதிகாரி ரமேஷ் ஆகியோர் கொண்ட குழுவினர் அந்த ஆலையில் அதிரடி சோதனை நடத்தினர். இதில் அந்த ஆலையில் போலி டீத்தூள் தயாரிக்கப்பட்டது உறுதி செய்யப்பட்டது.
மரத்தூள், வெனைடேட் வேதிப்பொருள், சலவை சோடா, புளியங்கொட்டை தோடு ஆகிய பொருட்கள் அடங்கிய 276 போலி டீத்தூள் மூட்டைகள் அடுக்கி வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்தன. ஒவ்வொரு மூட்டையும் 50 கிலோ எடை இருந்தது. இந்த டீத்துள்ள ஒரிஜினல் டீத்தூளில் கலப்படம் செய்ய தயாரிக்கப்பட்டதாக அதிகாரிகள் தெரிவித்தனர்.
இதனை வெளிமாநிலங்களுக்கும் அனுப்பி வந்துள்ளனர். இந்த ஆலை கொடுமுடி நடுப்பாளையத்தில் அரிசி ஆலை நடத்தி வரும் ஒருவருக்கு சொந்தமான ஆலை என்றும், இதனை அவர் சில மாதங்களுக்கு முன்பு மூடிவிட்டதாகவும் பொதுமக்கள் தெரிவித்தனர்.
இந்த நிலையில் கடந்த 2 மாதத்துக்கு முன்பு இரவு நேரத்தில் மட்டும் இந்த ஆலை இயங்கி வந்தது. இதனால் சந்தேகம் அடைந்த சிலர் அதிகாரிகளுக்கு தகவல் தெரிவித்து விட்டனர். பின்னர் நடத்தப்பட்ட விசாரணையில் இந்த ஆலையை விருதுநகரை சேர்ந்த காமராஜ் என்பவர் வாடகைக்கு எடுத்து போலி டீத்தூள் தயாரித்து வந்தது தெரியவந்துள்ளது. இவர் தலைமறைவாகி விட்டார். அவரை பிடிக்க தனிப்படை அமைக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.
அவரை பிடித்தால் மேலும் பல திடுக்கிடும் தகவல்கள் வெளியாகும் என தெரிகிறது. இந்த ஆலையில் டீத்தூளில் தயாரிக்க தனி கலப்பட பொருளும், காபியில் தயாரிக்க இன்னொரு கலப்பட பொருளும் தயாரிக்கப்பட்டது தெரிய வந்தது.

Never eat those Shiny Extra Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Never eat any raw Fruit or Vegetable without cleaning and washing carefully says Food Researchers who discovered that several toxic chemicals being applied to render artificial freshness to it.The Excessive shining of Vegetables is also due to those toxic chemicals.

Utpal Raychaudhuri, a senior scientist at the Department of Food Technology, Jadavpur University says “The consumption of raw fruits and vegetables has become a paradox. The rampant use of chemicals contravenes their nutritional benefits.”

Chemicals such as copper sulfate, rhodamine oxide, malachite green and the deadly carbide are the ones most commonly used to accentuate coloration and freshness.

“These are neurotoxic (affecting the brain) causing Alzheimer’s and dementia and are also carcinogenic. In addition, they speed up the ageing process,” Raychaudhuri said.

The vibrant green exterior of green peas and chilies are a result of the unscrupulous use of malachite green, a textile dye, a well-known carcinogen.

Other green vegetables such as lady’s finger, bitter gourd and the other gourd varieties are given a facelift by being washed in copper sulfate, commonly known as blue vitriol.

Saraswati, a roadside vendor off South Kolkata’s Bhowanipore, admitted: “All our green vegetables have been treated with ‘neel’ (copper sulfate) at the wholesalers market in Sealdah and Baruipur.”

Copper sulfate is a major constituent of fungicides in agriculture and its ingestion affects the liver and kidneys and causes the formation of free radicals in the body which augment the ageing process.

At the other end of the spectrum, rhodamine B, which is a carcinogen, imparts the bright red hue to cherries. This dye is used in markers and also as an agricultural pesticide. It is a skin irritant.

Vendors also frequently use calcium carbide, commonly known as carbide, to artificially ripen fruits like bananas and mangoes.

“Raw mangoes are laced with carbide the moment they arrive at the wholesalers’ markets,” revealed Mohan, a small-time vendor at Salt Lake.

Used in the steel industry, carbide results in neural problems and is also a carcinogen.

To take it up a notch higher, vendors rub petroleum oil on the surfaces to provide a glazed look to vegetables like tomatoes and brinjals.

Petroleum oil’s toxic effects include respiratory and gastrointestinal problems.

Pointing to the lusciously red tomatoes, Ratan Lal, a roadside vendor near Jadavpur, said: “The moment you cut them open, you can see they aren’t ripe. They arrive from the wholesalers like this.”

Although thorough washing of the surfaces of fruits and vegetables is advised to get rid of the chemicals, this does not guarantee safety.

Explaining why, Raychaudhuri said: “Washing does not eliminate the chemicals that have already penetrated into the interior. Besides, when it comes to non-water soluble additives such as petrol oil, it fails.”

“Consumers should also keep in mind that these fruits and vegetables have already received pesticide treatment prior to their display in the markets and further colour and freshness enhancements only make them deadlier”, said Raychaudhuri.

“Troubleshooting should include good agricultural practices and setting up standard limits to their use,” he said.