Food safety officials conduct raids in city

Food Safety Department officials conducted raids in the city on the second day on Tuesday. They inspected hotels and edible oil shops and godowns at different places.
The teams, comprising food safety officers from Krishna, Guntur, East and West Godavari districts, raided a hotel at Pandit Nehru Bus Station (PNBS). They collected samples of the ingredients and some food items being sold in the hotel.
Later, they raided a few edible oil shops and warehouses and collected samples of different brands. They found that some oils were of substandard quality and said the samples would be sent to laboratory for examination.
“We found that the material used by the hotel was substandard and the food items sold in the eatery was poor in quality. The raids will continue,” said the food safety officers.


Enhancing awareness of food safety

FOR BETTER HEALTH:Collector S. Natarajan at the Food Safety Workshop organised at Ramanathapuram Collectorate on Tuesday. District Designated Officer M. Jagadish Chandra Bose is seen.
Officials demonstrate how food items are adulterated
The district wing of Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department organised a training-cum-workshop to enhance awareness of food safety from manufacturing to distribution to storage to consumer points among stakeholders.
Inaugurating the one-day programme held at the Collectorate here on Tuesday, Collector S. Natarajan said that the event aimed at sensitising food manufacturers, distributors and stockists to the need for providing safe, unadulterated and quality food to the consumers.
He said that after the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 came into force in August 2011 throughout the country, repealing the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, the State government set up Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department and implemented the new Act, making it mandatory for the food business operators to obtain licence.
To ensure food safety and standards of food items, food laboratories had been set up across the State, he said, and appealed to the manufacturers, hoteliers and traders to ensure that the consumers got safe and quality food items.
M. Jagadish Chandra Bose, District Designated Officer, Food Safety Wing, in his address, detailed the provisions of the Act and dwelt upon the duties and responsibilities of the food business operators to provide safe and quality food items and prevent spread of food-borne diseases.
He exhorted the food business operators to adopt good manufacturing practices and advised the representatives of trade bodies and chambers of commerce to play the role of watchdog in the larger interest of consumers.
The workshop was an eye-opener to the consumers as the officials demonstrated how various food items such as pepper, ‘vadagam’, candies and cakes were subjected to colouring and adulteration. “I have decided to avoid drinking tea after seeing the demonstration of how tea dust was coloured and adulterated,” S. Ramesh, a consumer, said.
A cross section of the consumers who attended the workshop said that it was unbelievable that even fruits such as watermelon and pomegranates were coloured with artificial substances, adopting injection method.

ADM stops unauthorized lucky draw contest

Thiruvananthapuram: The food safety department destroyed 15 boxes of ice candies during Attukal pongala on Tuesday. The boxes, each carrying around 75 ice sticks, were destroyed as a follow up to its drive against use of artificial sweeteners in ice candies.
The department had initiated a major drive against the sale of ice and cotton candies after noticing rampant use of artificial sweeteners like saccharine and carcinogenic dulcin. In a drive that started on February 12, the food safety department had closed down three ice manufacturing units that used artificial sweeteners and colours.
Food safety officer A Satish Kumar said that ice candies were brought from a manufacturing unit in Kottayam. “Apart from the sale of ice candies, no other food safety issues were reported during the festival,” he said.
The department has successfully brought majority of food distribution units under them by making registration mandatory for all sellers.
ADM stops unauthorized lucky draw contest : The district administration’s move to seal down an unauthorized lucky draw contest organized by the Killippalam Poura Samithi at Killippalam Junction made way for minor tension amidst the pious atmosphere of Attukal pongala. The Poura Samithi was conducting the contest for devotees, in which the latter stood chances of winning prizes, including household utensils. The first prize was a Yamaha Ray scooter. Each coupon was prized Rs 20.
When the matter was brought to the notice of district collector Biju Prabhakar, he deputed additional district magistrate T R Azad to inquire into the matter and take action. Azad and team reached the spot but the Samithi members refused to cooperate and they even tried to block him and other officials from carrying out their duty. Following this, more cops rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The ADM seized all the coupons and stopped the contest. No police case was registered in this regard till Tuesday night.

Govt sets up special Food Safety Tribunals for Jammu, Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 24:
The government has established Food Safety Appellate Tribunals (FSAT) for Kashmir and Jammu divisions to look at the cases related food safety matters.
The order was issued by the Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department, M K Bhandari, who is also the Commissioner Food Safety in J&K.
As per the government order, the two Food Safety Appellate Tribunals have been established for Kashmir and Jammu divisions to hear appeals from the decisions of the Adjudicating Officers under section 68 of the Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSA) 2006.
The Additional Deputy Commissioners of every district have been designated as Adjudicating Officer as per the FSSA 2006.
Officials told Rising Kashmir that the decision was taken in wake of large number of pending cases related to unsafe, substandard and misbranded food products and items with the District Magistrates and in civil courts.
“The decision will fast-track the process of litigation in cases like substandard and misbranding of food items among others,” they said.
Jammu and Kashmir is one of the few places that would have this tribunal in place.
Appellate tribunals have already been set up in Delhi, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chattisgarh apart from the union territories of Andaman & Nicobar and Chandigarh.
According to officials, a district or sessions judge (in-service or retired) has been put in charge of the tribunals that would function in both the divisions.
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been in the process of constituting Appellate Tribunals in a number of states for the last couple of years.
“However, the responsibility of setting up the tribunals rested with the state governments while FSSAI would provide the required assistance to complete the process,” added officials.

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Fruit Markets Raided to Check Carbide Usage

HYDERABAD: The usage of carcinogenic calcium carbide to give the perfect ripened look to the fruits, has come down in the past few months, claimed food safety officials. The reason: 72 cases booked against fruit vendors who used the chemical, wax and other substances to ripen fruits.
To further crackdown on the vendors who were resorting to such practices, food safety officials conducted raids for three days starting Thursday, and picked up 50 samples of strawberry, papaya, apple, orange, pomegranate, and other fruits based on suspicion. The raids were conducted in fruit markets and in retail shops in the city.
The samples were sent to Telangana State Food Laboratory to know if any chemicals, or pesticides were used. Test reports are expected to come in 14 days. The officials said they conducted similar checks in August last year.
“We did not find any calcium carbide in the raids conducted in the past three days. We picked up 50 samples based on suspicion from Gaddiannaram, Mozamjahi, and other fruit markets in the city. Retail shops selling fruits in Narayanaguda, Monda market and other places were also raided on Saturday,” said G Vinod Dayal, deputy food controller, Telangana food safety department, adding that the raids were conducted on orders from Commissioner of Food Safety, Rajeshwar Tiwari.
“We will receive reports after 14 days. If we find any chemicals, we will take action according to Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA),” said a food safety officer who was part of checking team.

A word of caution on food

The Food Safety Department has urged devotees not to buy jaggery, rock candy, oil and ghee sold in open places. Such items should be procured from licensed shops.
In a release, the department advised people not to buy candyfloss, ice sticks, cotton candy, and flavoured drinks, as it could be made of artificial and banned items.
People should check whether packed food items had prescribed label containing details of manufacturers and date.
Unhygienic ice
It was also advised not to take sarbath and juice items, as unhygienic ice used to preserve fish could be used for its preparation.
Food should not be taken in plates made of plastic and thermocol. Registration had been made mandatory for offering free food to devotees and opening temporary outlets.
Toll-free number
Complaints related to food safety during festivals could be filed by dialling the toll-free number 1800 425 1125, 8943346195, 8943346526.