கேன் வாட்டர் கம்பெனிகள் திடீர் முடிவு – தினகரன் செய்திகள்

சென்னை, ஆக. 31:

தமிழ்நாடு பேக்கேஜ் குடிநீர் வாட்டர் உற்பத்தி நிறுவனங்களின் கூட்டமைப்பு தலைவர் ராஜாராம் அறிக்கை:

தமிழகத்தில் 882 கேன் வாட்டர் கம்பெனிகள் ஐஎஸ்ஐ சான்றிதழ் பெற்று செயல்படுகின்றன. ஆனால் பிளேவர், ஹெர் பல் போன்ற பெயர்களில் சில கம்பெனிகள் கேன் வாட்டரை விற்பனை செய்கின்றன. இதை அதிகாரிகள் கண்டு கொள்ளவில்லை. அனுமதி பெறாத கேன் வாட்டர் கம்பெனிகளுக்கு தடை விதித்து தேசிய பசுமை தீர்ப்பாயம் உத்தரவிட்டது. அதை மீறி அனுமதி பெறாத கம்பெனிகள் செயல்பட்டு வருகின்றன. இதனால் மக்களுக்கு பாதிப்பு ஏற்படுகிறது. எங்களுக்கும் கெட்ட பெயர்.

எனவே, வரும் 6ம் தேதி ஐஎஸ்ஐ சான்றிதழ் வழங்கும் அலுவலகத்தில் எங்களது லைசென்சை சரண்டர் செய்ய முடிவு செய்துள்ளோம். அதன்பிறகு நாங்களும் சான்றிதழ் இல்லாமல் செயல்படுவோம்.

இவ்வாறு ராஜாராம் அறிக்கையில் குறிப்பிட்டுள்ளார்.

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Imphal FSOs seize Sea Cherry Mackerel worth Rs 30 lakh from ABC godown – FnB News

Saturday, August 31, 2013 08:00 IST
Abhitash Singh, Mumbai

A team of food safety officers (FSOs) from Imphal West, Manipur, seized 14,520 pieces of Sea Cherry Mackerel – a brand of tinned fish – worth approximately Rs 30 lakh from ABC godown at Khuyathong on Wednesday. The samples have been sent to state food safety commissioner Sohail Akhtar for testing, and the FSOs are awaiting the results, which are expected a week from now.

The government of the north-eastern state imposed a blanket ban on the sale of Sea Cherry Mackerel a year ago because it was deemed unfit for human consumption, but some traders continue to sell it illegally. The product was seized from Meitei Traders, Masjid Road, who are the agents for its manufacturers, the Karnataka-based Sowkar Canning Company.

Yumnam Satyajit Singh, male health worker (MHW) and FSO from Imphal West, informed FnB News that the team started a month-long drive aimed at cracking down on Sea Cherry Mackerel.  He added that the tins that were seized were either of a sub-standard quality or were not labelled properly.

He said that all the concerned authorities will meet to decide the action that would be initiated against the culprits, adding that he would appeal through FnB News to all agents to conduct proper checks on all the products coming to Manipur from manufacturers in other states before accepting them.

Appreciating the efforts of the team of FSOs from Imphal West, Singh said, “I thank all the chief officers for their cooperation, city police officer R K Tejbir for providing the required vehicles and the security personnel because of their cooperation towards the FSOs who found such products in the market of the state.”

Indian pharma companies should follow strict regulations: US FDA – The Economic Times

By PTI | 30 Aug, 2013, 01.00PM IST

WASHINGTON:

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is not singling out Indian pharma companies, but insists the regulations in this regard are strictly followed, a top American drug official has said.

He said this was to ensure products that come into the US are of the highest quality, have safety built into them and are effective.

“We should not be seen singling out anyone. Absolutely not,” the US FDA India Office Director, Altaf A Lal, told PTI.

He was asked about the concerns of the Indian pharma companies in view of the notices reportedly being issued to some of them in the regard.

“I give you an example. Of the four firms where we found to have deficiencies two are India, one was American firm, and one was German firm.

“So there is no signalling (of Indian pharma companies) out on this,” said Lal, strongly refuting all such news reports in this regard.

In its latest action against Indian drug makers, the US health regulator FDA had red- flagged “significant deviations” from good manufacturing practices by two Indian pharmaceutical companies: Hyderabad-based Posh Chemicals and Himachal Pradesh-based Sentiss Pharma (formerly Promed Exports).

Kashmir-born Dr Lal now heads the India operations of the FDA, which now has a team of 12 inspectors based in New Delhi and Mumbai. The team is soon to be expanded to 19 members.

Lal said Indian companies should welcome increased inspection. “Inspections are not designed to harm. Inspections are designed to help.

“If there is a deficiency in a firm and the firm knows or does not know and we point deficiency in the firm that is in the interest of the public health, that is in the interest of India’s health and global health,” he said.

“Our mandate is to ensure that the medicines and medical products that come into the US are of the same quality, have same standards and have same safety standards as medicines that come out in the US.

“So this requires us to be more proactive, be more engaging. That was not the case 10 years ago,” Lal said.

FDA has a special focus on India given that it ranks number two in pharmaceuticals trade with the US, and that 40 percent of the over the counter prescription drug comes from India, he said.

FDA mission is to make sure that the products that come into the United States are of the highest quality, have safety built into them and are effective, he said.

“India office of the agency allows it to work with the regulators to share, to listen, to learn. It allows us to build capacity when needed and requested.It allows us to work with the industry, to explain what are the system, what are the qualities that we prescribe,” he added.

New Food Safety Act norms yet to be enforced in Cantt – The Times Of India

TNN | Aug 31, 2013, 05.15 AM IST

PUNE:

standards and guidelines set for food items under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 and Rules and Regulations 2011, which was implemented two years ago, are yet to be enforced in the state’s cantonment areas.

While Pune city has three cantonments – Pune, Dehu and Khadki, the cities of Nashik and Nagpur also have cantonment areas. The act had replaced the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act 1954 from August 5, 2011. But this central act is not being implemented in cantonment areas that incidentally come under the union government’s jurisdiction.

Confirming, Mahesh Zagade, commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said, “There is no denying the fact that the act has not come into effect in cantonment areas of Maharashtra. We have brought this to the notice of Central Advisory Committee of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). The designated officer for central licensing has not notified any official to oversee the implementation of the act in cantonment areas.”

In the absence of an implementing authority, registration as well as licensing of food business operators in cantonment areas has not been done so far. “That does not mean that our (state’s) food safety officials (FSO) let go any misconduct in food business in these areas. Whenever we get any complaint, our officials conduct an inspection and draw samples to rule out any contamination and spurious activity,” Zagade said. He added that they were ready to monitor cantonment areas if FSSAI authorizes the state government to issue licenses and conduct regular inspections. “We have already conveyed our willingness to the authorities in this regard,” Zagade said.

When contacted, Aarti Mahajan, vice president of Pune Cantonment Board said, “It is true that the provision of the new food act has not come into force in cantonment areas. Even the ban on gutka has not come into force in our areas. Gutka is being sold rampantly here. As far as food business regulation is concerned, we have a well-designed system in place to ensure that food items and food handlers conform to standards of hygiene and safety.”

As per conservative estimates, there are around 15 lakh food business operators in Maharashtra. “We have issued licences to 3.9 lakh food business operators in the state and garnered revenue of Rs 34 crore for the state’s exchequer. Maharashtra is the first in the country that has carried out the licencing work of this proportion so far. We are going to intensify the drive during the next two months.”

Packaged drinking water units to surrender licences – The Hindu

CHENNAI, August 31, 2013

They say over 1,000 units are selling herbal water without licence and quality checks

Quality of packaged drinking water may be doubtful as unit holders plan to surrender licences on September 6.—Photo: S.S. Kumar

Quality of packaged drinking water may be doubtful as unit holders plan to surrender licences on September 6.—Photo: S.S. Kumar

Members of Tamil Nadu Packaged Drinking Water Manufacturers Association plan to surrender ISI licences given by Bureau of Indian Standards on September 6 protesting against the functioning of unlicensed units selling ‘flavoured’ water.

There are nearly 890 packaged drinking water manufacturing units across the State. Of this, nearly 310 are in and around Chennai. Despite the National Green Tribunal’s directive in July restricting the functioning of units that sell ‘herbal’ or ‘flavoured’ water without licences, at least 1,000 such units continue to function across the State, said members of the Association.

V.Murali, patron of the TNPDWA, said that supply of packaged drinking water would continue even after surrendering the licences. But, water would be distributed without the ISI mark and there would not be any authority to check the water quality.

On an average, about five crore litres of water is supplied daily across the State. Of this, nearly 2.5 crore litres of water is distributed per day in Chennai.

“We also recently obtained licence from Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to operate the units. But, those units that sell herbal water without any licences continue to function,” he said.

A.Shakespeare, the association’s general secretary, said nearly 870 units that are part of the association plan to surrender the licences.

These herbal water units are not monitored by any regulatory authority. Unlike packaged drinking water unit holders who have to test samples on daily and monthly basis and also subjected to surprise checks regularly, ‘herbal water’ units do not have any quality checks.

The Association members also complained that the licensed packaged drinking water units are affected by the order to get licence from Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board. However, the Board has not provided licences citing ongoing court cases pertaining to groundwater extraction. The Association’s president K.Rajaram said that they were not a polluting industry and hence licence from the TNPCB was not required.

Though they were prepared, there were obstacles to obtain licences.

Hotel sealed – The Hindu

CHENNAI, August 31, 2013

Photo: K. Pichumani

Photo: K. Pichumani

The Food Safety and Drug Administration Department on Friday sealed a hotel in Arumbakkam for supplying unhygienic food.

“We received a complaint from a customer who had visited the hotel. He alleged that there were cockroaches in the food. On inspection, food safety officials found the kitchen in an unhygienic condition. There were cockroaches. So we sealed the hotel,” said an official.

The Food Safety Department will issue an improvement notice to the hotel on Saturday.

If the hotel rectifies the defects in 15 days, the food business operations can continue, said the official.

The officials will create awareness on food safety among food business operators.

Prolonged and repeated milk boiling affects nutrition: Tetra Pak study – FnB News

Friday, August 30, 2013 08:00 IST
Our Bureau, Bengaluru

                                                                                                                 A study conducted by Tetra Pak, one of the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions companies, and market research agency Millward-Brown revealed that the prolonged and repeated boiling of milk depletes nutrition, which is vital for children.

The study, part of Tetra Pak’s continuing efforts to understand consumer behaviour, showed that only 17 per cent mothers surveyed believed that the boiling of milk affects its nutritional properties.

Even more startling was the fact that 59 per cent mothers felt boiling increases milk’s nutritional value, and 24 per cent felt that it does not impact its nutritional properties. It highlighted their lack of awareness, leading to children not receiving 100 per cent nutritional benefits of milk.

“It is surprising that most households are unaware that prolonged and repeated boiling of milk leads to loss in nutrition. In a majority of Indian households, milk is boiled more than thrice and skimmed, and hence is devoid of most of its essential vitamins, proteins, amino acids and minerals,” Sanjeev Bagai, senior consultant paediatrician and nephrologist, chief executive officer, Radiant Life Care (RLC) Pvt Ltd, Delhi, and chairman, Nephron, said.

“Vitamins and proteins are denatured and destroyed when milk is boiled at temperatures above 100 degrees Celsius for over 15 minutes,” he added.

“Milk is a critical source of nutrition for infants, as 80 per cent of a child’s growth potential is achieved by the age of two. So any loss of vital ingredients in milk, especially proteins and vitamins, could cause growth deficiency, weak bones, poor muscle development and neurological impact among other long-term effects,” Bagai said.

“Mothers need to be sensitised regarding improper boiling practices as it depletes milk of nutrients. At the same time, they should also be aware about technologies that best protect milk,” he added.

As Indian consumers are becoming more health-conscious in terms of the food and beverages they consume, increased awareness on making healthier choices is extremely important.

Commenting on the findings of the study, Ritika Samaddar, chief dietician, Max Hospital, New Delhi, stated that milk forms an integral part of everyone’s diet, especially  that of children.

“It is a vital source for Vitamin D and Vitamin B12, which help in calcium absorption. Both these vitamins are highly heat-sensitive, and boiling milk destroys both substantially,” she said.

According to the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM), consumers are slowly switching from high-sugar carbonated soft drinks to more healthy alternatives, regardless of price.

This trend is believed to be a result of the increased awareness about obesity and weight-related issues, as well as the desire for a better lifestyle.

Innovation in India’s retail milk market has revolved around offering convenience to different consumer segments. Easy-to-use packaging and long-life formats are gaining popularity, particularly due to the problems associated with the storage and transportation of milk.

“Mothers will always want what is best for their children, and we consider it vital that they be made aware about the quality and nutritional value of what they consume,” Kandarp Singh, managing director, South Asia markets, Tetra Pak, said.

“The study validates the need for us to continue to raise awareness on the benefits of milk processed and packaged with aseptic technology that offers convenience without compromising on hygiene, quality or nutrition. Tetra Pak has over six decades of industry leadership in milk processing and packaging. We have been mapping consumer behaviour and perception to better understand milk consumption habits,” he stated.