Jul 30, 2011
CHANDIGARH: The fight against transfat in ready-to-eat products will gather greater pace from August 5, when Food Safety and Standards Act is implemented. It will become necessary to specify how much transfat is in food products and if that is not done, the consumers can take packets to food inspectors and complain.
Also, sale of food items having more than 10% transfat won't be allowed.
The lab for testing food is also being equipped with systems so that eatables can be checked according to new regulations. Revamp of the lab so it can analyze pesticide residue is a priority.
The Act also requires that all street vendors selling food register with health department to enable hygiene regulation.
''Those vendors, who are infected with contagious diseases, including skin ailments and tuberculosis, will be
medically examined,'' said a food inspector from UT's department of health.
The Act also enables a consumer to keep a part of the suspected adulterated sample with himself, which can be tested in a laboratory of his choice anywhere in the country.
UT's health authority Dr Satbir Singh said, ''We had no facility for pesticide residue tests. Now we will be able to carry those out.''
''All food will be under the purview of the Act. If there is an expired food product of a particular company, the surveillance system of this Act will help us withdraw stock from all across the country, wherever the batch has been sent,'' added a health official.
''We are aware that fat and cholesterol must be taken in limited amount. But how much is inside a packed food item varies according to the cooking medium. All fried food contain transfat, which must not be more than 10% of the food,'' said senior dietitian from PGI, Madhu Sharma.
Source: The Times of India