Smart plan to cut down on salt – TIMES OF INDIA

Mumbai Mirror | Apr 30, 2013, 09.00 AM IST


                          Our body needs salt to function. Too much raises risk of heart disease and stroke. A smart plan to cut it down

Catch the daily culprits
More than 40 per cent of our sodium intake comes from food we tend to binge on every day. The major culprits are bread, pizza, chicken soup, cheese, pasta, meat dishes such as meat loaf, and snack foods such as potato chips (including canned tomato sauce), and butter popcorn, which you find at the movie halls. To bypass these sodium traps, compare nutrition labels on your favourite foods because different brands vary in sodium content. Replace pre-packaged canned food withfresh food.

Study food labels
While there is sodium in almost everything we eat, the amount of this mineral in condiments are shocking. When you read a food’s ingredients, salt (sodium chloride) isn’t the only thing you should be looking for. There are other sodium-containing compounds such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), sodium nitrate, which will up the total sodium count. For instance, one tablespoon of soy sauce has 920 mg of sodium; even those labelled “low sodium” have 575 mg of sodium. Other big offenders include tomato sauce (640 mg per half cup) and barbecue sauce (420 mg per two tablespoons). If you overdo it at one meal, make sure you balance it out by making lowsodium choices the rest of the day. Also, low-fat doesn’t mean lowsodium. When food companies take out fat, they often replace it with salt to enhance flavour.

Find other spices
Instead of sprinkling salt over the dish, use fresh or dried herbs and spices like garlic, basil, cumin, chili peppers, rosemary, ginger or cinnamon to enhance the flavour. You can also try flavoured vinegars, such as fig, pear and cranberry. Premixed blends of spices often contain salt. Nutritionists recommend that you go for ‘no or low-sodium’ labels.

Eat out wisely
Stick to restaurants where your food is cooked to order rather than eateries where food may be pre-packaged (like soup, gravy). Choose simple items without gravies or sauces and ask them to be prepared without salt. Simple measures may also help. Order baked potato instead of the mashed potatoes with your sizzlers, but don’t eat the skin, which may have been oiled and salted before baking. Add a salad to fill up on greens, but avoid dressings since they’re often loaded with sodium. Request that grilled entrees, like fish and chicken, be cooked without salt.

Watch portion size
You may think you’re doing fine because you only had a packet of chips. However, check out the label for serving size. A handful of potato chips are 170mg of sodium. If you are going to indulge, measure out your portion so you don’t overdo it.

Time to adapt
Your taste for salt is acquired, so it will take you time to get used to a lower-sodium diet. When you first cut back, food may taste a little bland. Decrease your salt intake gradually, and after a few weeks, you probably won’t even miss it.

Daily sodium allowance
Medical experts say daily intake of sodium for healthy adults is 2300 mg. If you’re older than 51, it’s only 1550 mg. It may sound like a lot but it’s surprising how quickly your meals can add up to your daily allowance. The best way to ensure that you’re consuming the right amount of sodium is by treating it like it’s money and you’re on a budget. Eat it wisely and keep a watch on what you consume. Try not to exceed 600 mg of sodium per meal and snacks.


New Guidelines Issued by FSSAI

                                                                                            New Guidelines Issued by FSSAI

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ., 30-April, 2013 13:19 IST : – 

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a new advisory on 11th December, 2012 relating to sale of new or existing proprietary food products .As  pe r Section- 22 of  the  Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (FSSA), “no person shall manufacture, distribute, sell or import any novel food, genetically modified articles of food, irradiated food, organic food, foods for special dietary uses, functional foods, neutraceuticals, health supplements, proprietary foods and such other articles of food which the Central Government may notify in this behalf”. As on date, there is no standard for these food items in India. Hence, new advisory has been issued in this regard. This advisory has been drafted after detailed consultations.

This information was given by the Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad in written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.

(Release ID :95305)

Special Raid by Legal Metrology Officers


                                            Press Release No. 246 Date:27.04.2013
                                                                PRESS RELEASE
Special raid by Legal Metrology officers in North Chennai
A team of Legal Metrology Officers of Labour Department headed by Controller of Legal
Metrology have conducted special raid on 27.04.2013 in North Chenani. In the above raid, 30
cases have been booked for the contraventions noticed under Legal Metrology Act 2009. The
Controller of Legal Metrology has informed that Non Standard Measures which are normaly
imported from other countries shall not be sold in market without proper licence under the Legal
Metrology Act,2009 and without model approval and stamping. This kind of raids will be
conducted regularly in the interest of consumers and action will be taken against erring traders.
Consumers are advised to buy approved model of Weighing Measures which are duly
stamped and sold by authorised dealers. In case of complaints such as imported nonstandared

and  unstamped Weighing Measures being sold in the market, the Administrative

Officer (Weights and Measures) in the office of the Commissioner of Labour, Chennai-6 may be
contacted over phone in Nos. 044-24321438, 044-24321525.
Issued By:-
DIPR, Secretariat, Chennai – 9.

கோவில்பட்டி கடைகளில் மாம்பழங்கள்பறிமுதல்: அதிகாரிகள் நடவடிக்கை – DINAMANI PRESS NEWS


First Published : 30 April 2013 01:46 AM IST

கோவில்பட்டி நகராட்சி தினசரிச் சந்தை மற்றும் பேருந்து நிலைய வளாகத்தில் உள்ள கடைகளை அதிகாரிகள் திங்கள்கிழமை ஆய்வு செய்தனர்.

அப்போது ரசாயனம் மூலம் பழுக்கவைத்த மாம்பழங்கள் பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்டன.

தூத்துக்குடி மாவட்ட வழங்கல் மற்றும் நுகர்வோர் பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் காமாட்சி கணேசன், வட்ட வழங்கல் அலுவலர் மணிகண்டன், மாவட்ட உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் ஜெகதீஷ் சந்திரபோஸ், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர்கள் மற்றும் நகராட்சி சுகாதார அலுவலர் ராஜசேகரன், சுகாதார ஆய்வாளர்கள், தொழிலாளர் துணை ஆய்வாளர் சொக்கலிங்கம், உதவி ஆய்வாளர் கிருஷ்ணமூர்த்தி, தனி வட்டாட்சியர் வீராசாமி மற்றும் ஊழியர்கள் கோவில்பட்டி நகராட்சி தினசரி சந்தை மற்றும் பேருந்து நிலைய வளாகத்தில் உள்ள கடைகளை ஆய்வு செய்தனர்.  இதில், நகராட்சி தினசரி சந்தையில் உள்ள மாம்பழ குடோன்களை தணிக்கை செய்ததில் கார்பைடு  ரசாயன கல் மூலம் பழுக்க வைக்கப்பட்டது கண்டு பிடிக்கப்பட்டது.  அந்த மாம்பழங்களை அதிகாரிகள் பறிமுதல் செய்தனர்.

இதுபோல, கடைகளில் ஆய்வு செய்ததில் அங்கீகரிக்கப்பட்ட நிறம் உபயோகிக்கப் படுத்தப்படாமல் தயாரிக்கப்பட்ட 100 கிலோ அப்பளங்கள், காலாவதியான சுமார் 25 கிலோ  தரமற்ற உணவுப் பொருள்களும் கைப்பற்றப்பட்டு, அழிக்கப்பட்டன.

பிளாஸ்டிக் பைகள் பறிமுதல்:  பேருந்து நிலையத்தில் உள்ள கடைகளை ஆய்வு செய்ததில் சில்லறை விற்பனை விலையைவிடந்க் கூடுதல் விலைக்கு விற்பனை செய்வது தெரியவந்தது.

அதையடுத்து அந்த கடை மீது நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்பட்டது.

பேருந்து நிலைய வளாகத்திற்குள் இறந்த மற்றும் சுகாதாரமற்ற நிலையில் உணவுப் பொருள்கள் வைக்கப்பட்டிருந்ததை அதிகாரிகள் கைப்பற்றி அழித்தனர்.


Saturday, 27 April 2013 | SR | New Delhi

                                                                Almost 10 per cent of drinking water samples collected from areas under North Delhi Municipal Corporation have failed to meet prescribed standards. As compared to the South Corporation, where just 1.2 per cent samples failed to meet the requisite criteria, its counterpart in the North fared much worse in the testing done by the civic body in coordination with the Delhi Jal Board.

According to the testing done by the corporation’s own laboratory, 37 out of 420 samples from NMC areas were found to be unfit for consumption. Narela and Civil Line zones were the worst-affected with 20 out of 70 and seven out of 17 samples failing the tests. When it came to results of the South Corporation area, only three of the 242 samples failed the laboratory inspection. As far the 151 samples tested jointly by the civic body and the Delhi Jal Board are concerned, 25 or almost 17 per cent from the North Delhi area were declared unsuitable for drinking. The joint testing of 70 samples from the South saw all of them passing the test.

The testing was not undertaken in the East Delhi Municipal Corporation area and hence, the figures for that part are not available in the report. “We have been repeatedly asking both the Delhi Government and the Jal Board to look into the matter but to no avail,” said Leader of the House in North Corporation Mahendra Nagpal while giving details of the report. “This is a serious matter as it concerns public health. The situation will only get worse in the summer months. We can only ask the State Government to look into the matter,” he added.

J&J’s licence to make cosmetics cancelled

    15 batches of baby powder produced in 2007 were found to be sterilised by ethylene oxide


                                                                                                                                            The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently cancelled Johnson & Johnson India’s licence to produce cosmetic products at their Mulund plant. FDA’s order will come into effect from June 24. According to FDA officials, the order was issued in a case dating back to 2007 when they found that 15 batches of Johnson & Johnson baby powder were sterilised by ethylene oxide, a known carcinogenic and irritant.

“While ethylene oxide can be used for sterilisation, the company did not bother to carry out a test after the process to check the amount of residue in the product,” said FDA joint commissioner KB Shende, adding that the company can appeal to the State government before the order comes into effect.

“The products are used for new born babies. It is must for the company to follow all measures,” said Shende adding that the traces of ethylene oxide, if any, should have been measured. The 15 batches in question consisted of 1,60,000 containers. When Mirror contacted Johnson & Johnson, the company spokesperson confirmed the FDA action.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our products and health of the consumers. We continue to manufacture non-cosmetic products at the same site,” the spokesperson said, adding that the matter in question related to a limited number of batches produced in 2007, shelf life of which ended in July 2010. “The FDA raised concern about following ethylene oxide treatment, which was not included as part of the manufacturing process submitted to the FDA.

This method is widely used for medical devices around the world. This was followed as an exception and all internal safety protocols were followed to ensure that safety of the consumer was not compromised.

In addition, we have ascertained that there were no complaints or unexpected/ undesirable effect reported concerning any of the batches in question,” he said adding that the company is now in the process of filing an appeal with the state government.


Ethylene oxide is a known carcinogen. The organic compound is known to be flammable, irritating, anaesthetic and carcinogenic at room temperature. The USFDA has recommended that companies should measure the residue of ethylene oxide after sterilisation of products and before releasing the products in the market.

►   Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our products and health of the consumers. We continue to manufacture non-cosmetic products at the same site

–  Spokesperson for J&J

World of Food Safety

Reinforcing quality and mitigating food safety risk to drive consumer confidence and profits

 22 – 23 May 2013
IMPACT Exhibition & Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand 

World of Food Safety aims at exploring methodologies and strategies to achieve total food safety and drive consumer confidence.

The conference will discuss key topics including managing food trade beyond borders with GFSI food safety standards, food allergens and economically motivated adulteration. It also discusses improving quality and food safety through effective supplier collaboration.

World of Food Safety conference will also showcase best practices with focal points such as ensuring auditor competency, technological advancements in traceability, effective recall management and identification, prevention and control of most concerned food safety risks at a global level.

Neil Marshall
Global Director, Quality & Food Safety
The Coca-Cola Company, USA
Yves Rey
Chairman, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) |Corporate Quality General Manager,
Groupe Danone, France
Tipvon Parinyasiri
Director – Food Control Division
Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Thailand 
Idwin W. Bouman
Director SHE Quality Assurance and Food Safety
FrieslandCampina, Netherlands

And other distinguished speakers, 


  • Meeting international regulatory requirements and managing food trade beyond borders
  • Competing in sophisticated world markets through improved food safety risk management frameworks
  • Managing food allergens and evaluating and determining  the levels of risk
  • Influencing and improving food quality and safety through effective supplier collaboration
  • Enhancing food safety auditing and improving auditor competence
  • Combating food fraud and preventing economically motivated adulteration
  • Ensuring process improvement throughout the supply chain
  • Improving responsiveness and managing food recalls better, faster, and smarter
  • Leveraging the latest tools for effective post-incident communication