Rs 20,000 fine slapped on shopkeepers for selling adulterated eatables

Jammu, December 30

The Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) today claimed to have imposed a fine of Rs 20,000 on the eateries in Janipur area, who were found selling adulterated food to people.

Several complaints were received by the Municipal Corporation from residents in the past one week over the issue, following which the action must have been taken.

உணவு பாதுகாப்பு விழிப்புணர்வு கூட்டம்

இலுப்பூர், : –

விராலிமலை ஊராட்சி ஒன்றிய பகுதியில் பணிபுரியும் சத்துணவு பணியாளர்களுக்கு உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு குறித்த விழிப்புணர்வுக்கூட்டம் நடைபெற்றது.
விராலிமலை ஊராட்சி ஒன்றிய அலுவலகத்தில் நடைபெற்ற இந்த விழிப்புணர்வு கூட்டத்திற்கு ஒன்றிய ஆணையர் பாஸ்கர் தலைமை வகித்தார். புதுக்கோட்டை உணவு பாதுகாப்புத்துறை பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் சவுந்தரராஜன் சத்துணவு மையங்களில் பணியாளர்கள் சுகாதாரமாக பணிபுரிவது, உணவுப் பொருள்களை கையாளும்போது சத்துணவு உண்ணும் மாணவ, மாணவியர்கள் பாதிப்பு அடையாத வகையில் பணிபுரிவது, அறையில் உணவுப்பொருள் பாதுகாப்பாக வைப்பது மற்றும் உணவு மாதிரியினை எடுத்துவைப்பதன் அவசியம் குறித்து விளக்கமளித்தார். இதில்  ஒன்றிய பகுதிகளில் உள்ள பள்ளிச் சத்துணவு மையங்களில் பணிபுரியும் சத்துணவு அமைப்பாளர்கள், சமையலர்கள், சமையல் உதவியாளர் கலந்துகொண்டனர்.

பெரியகுளத்தில் உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு தர நிர்ணய சட்டக் கருத்தரங்கம்-புதிய தலைமுறை செய்தி

தேனி மாவட்டம் : –
தேனி மாவட்டம் பெரியகுளத்தில் வியாபாரிகள் சங்கங்கள் சார்பில் உணவுப் பாதுகாப்பு தர நிர்ணய சட்டம் குறித்த விழிப்புணர்வு கருத்தரங்கம் நடைபெற்றது. இதில், வரும் பிப்ரவரி மாதம் நிறைவேற்றப்பட உள்ள இந்த சட்டத்தால் வியாபாரிகள் பாதிக்கப்படும் நிலை உள்ளது. எனவே, சட்டத்தில் உள்ள குறைகளை நீக்க வேண்டும் என்ற கோரிக்கை வலியுறுத்தப்பட்டது. கருத்தரங்கில் 200க்கும் மேற்பட்ட வியாபாரிகள் மற்றும் ஹோட்டல் உரிமையாளர்கள் கலந்து கொண்டனர்.

Karnataka to bring legislation to control adulterated milk production

BANGALORE:

The state government is all set bring in a legislation to punish the guilty dealing with adulterated milk supply.

Following Supreme Court’s observation on December 5, the law and health are meeting on Thursday to discuss the modalities and set the ball rolling for the legislation. Law minister TB Jayachandra told reporters on Monday that necessary amendments to the existing or a fresh law would be introduced. “Milk coming from other states, supplied in border areas are reported of adulteration. Government will strictly deal with this,” he said.

The SC has asked state governments to make necessary amendments to their laws to make production and marketing of adulterated milk, which is injurious to human consumption, an offence punishable with life imprisonment.

The observation by an apex court bench of Justice KS Radhakrishnan and Justice AK Sikri came after taking note of Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha having made the sale of adulterated milk, contaminated with synthetic material, an offence punishable with life imprisonment.

Asking the states to make the law to deal with production and sale of milk which is harmful to human beings more stringent, the court observed that the maximum punishment of six months for such offences under the Food Safety and Standards Act was grossly inadequate.

The court was hearing a public suit which said samples collected by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in 2011 revealed large-scale sale of adulterated milk across the country.

The FSSAI survey had warned that 70% of milk sold in the country is adulterated. The survey said the milk samples collected from rural and urban areas of all states failed to meet the norms of food safety and standards (FSS). It included both packaged and lose milk.

Railways plan to get ISO 22000 for better service

Ahmedabad :
                                                                                                               In a desperate bid to improve quality of its various services to high-profile passengers of its premium trains, the Indian Railways, which runs 12,000 trains, is now bent on achieving an ISO 22000 certificate.
The railway board has decided to arm itself with the latest food safety management system after receiving several complaints about unhygienic food from travellers in Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
A gap analysis—comparison of actual performance with potential—of the Ahmedabad-Delhi Rajdhani Express was completed this week to check whether the services during the 13-hour journey in this superfast train met the standards of ISO 22000 granted by the Geneva-based International Organisation for Standards for food, cleanliness and customer service quality.
Tests for other Rajdhanis to check whether they follow the norms adhered to by leading hotels and restaurants in India and abroad will also be conducted soon as part of railways’ efforts to effectively redress complaints of poor quality service on its first-rate flying trains.
An Ahmedabad division senior railway official told South Asia Mail that the process was on for procuring testing kits that would instantly reveal the quality of food served on trains.
The quality of on-train service has been a major concern for the railways which was also planning to do away with pantry system but with ISO 22000, it will be easy to measure performance against a universally recognised benchmark.
ISO 22000 is a global food safety management system that can be applied to any organization in the food chain, farm to fork. Becoming certified to the ISO 22000 lets a company show its customers that they have a food safety management system in place, thus providing customer confidence in the product.
Last month, guidelines were issued to all railway zones to provide special meals on demand to diabetic and heart patients among passengers travelling on Rajdhani and Shatabdi trains.
Sugar-free meals are now provided to those suffering from diabetes but they would have to indicate their preference in advance.
Diabetics hitherto had to carry their own food from home for the long journey or had to avoid most of the meals served to them resulting in wastage of food, adding that now they could enjoy their train travel as no extra charges would be collected from them.

Debate over ban on plastic bottles for medicines

MUMBAI:
                                                                                                            Plastic manufacturers are up in arms against the union health ministry’s diktat of banning the use of plastic / PET containers in liquid oral formulations for primary packaging of formulations for paediatric, geriatrics, women in reproductive age group and pregnant women. The ministry’sDrug Technical Advisory Board (DTAB) recommended that it should be phased out and eventually banned.
The pharmaceutical industry is likely to be given an adequate time of six months for the switch over. The decision came in the wake of concerns raised by Him Jagriti, Uttaranchal Welfare Society, Dehradun the use of plastic as primary packaging material in pharmaceutical liquid orals, suspensions and dry syrups can cause severe adverse effects on human health due to the presence of endocrine disruptors.
Their representation to the union health ministry stated, “Leaching takes place under varying storage-temperature conditions and the age of the packaging (leaching becomes faster in hot/warm conditions, and also as the packaging becomes old). The leached elements can cause several diseases including cancer and physical infirmities. Many chemical additives that give plastic products desirable performance properties have grave negative environmental and human health effects.” The representation of HIM Jagriti was deliberated by DTAB in May this. They had constituted an expert committee under the chairmanship of Dr YK Gupta, prof & HOD, department of Pharmacology, AIIMS.
The committee had concluded that the information provided in the representation of HIM JAGRITI and according to the available literature, is not sufficient enough to establish a definite correlation of causality of plastic container for pharmaceutical products and adverse health effects. The committee observed that scientific evidence needs to be generated in a time bound manner to find out the extent of leachbility, type of toxicants leached and health hazard due to exposure of the leached toxicant.
The PET Container Manufacturers Associations also represented to the Director General Health Services stating that PET packaging with its inherent strength such as product safety, eco-friendliness and recyclability will continue to be used in food, beverage and pharmaceuticals packaging. The PET is universally safe and environment friendly packaging material. The literature attached to the representation, however, did not address the issues raised by HIM Jagriti.
The pharma industry was earlier using glass bottles only as primary packaging material for pharmaceuticals. “The switch over to packing in plastic / PET bottles by the industry is not based on any scientific studies to show that packing of drug formulations in plastic/PET bottles does not have any harmful effect on the drug formulations and there are no releases of endocrine disruptors due to leaching,” stated the committee.

Bake says ‘no’ to animal fat use

Kochi, Dec. 30:
                                                                                                                             The Bakers Association (Bake) has said it is totally against the use of animal fat in food items made and sold at bakeries.
It said the allegation in certain quarters that many bakeries use animal fat was unfounded and wanted the food safety authorities to investigate the allegation.
The association offered its full support to the authorities in raiding bakeries to find the use of animal fat. It wanted that any bakery that was found using animal fat should be immediately closed down.