Tuesday 21 February 2012

PATENT FOR MILK TESTING UNIT DEVELOPED IN HARYANA


Feb 21, 8:54 AM, AIR

The technology to detect Urea in Milk developed in Haryana has been granted Patent. The technology has been developed by the College of Veterinary Sciences of the newly established Lala Lajpat Rai University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences in Hisar.

This Milk Testing Kit has been available for common public use since last year. This technique is very simple and does not require any costly equipment.

FSSAI MAKES IT CONVENIENT FOR FOOD IMPORTERS; PAYMENT SYSTEM GOES ONLINE





February 20, 2012, Food and Beverage News
The long-awaited online payment gateway system for food importers introduced by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for convenient processing of payment finally came into effect from February 15, 2012.

A copy of this information has been sent to the Central Board of Excise and Customs, department of revenue, ministry of finance, and National Institute of Smart Governance (NISG), the FSSAI has revealed on its website recently.

Speaking to FnB News, Shailesh B Nimbalkar, representative of FSSAI in Mumbai, stated, “The online payment gateway system had been operationalised on Dec 28, 2011, and the payment towards lab analysis by the food importers would be effective from this month.”

He explained the process of registration, thus; the importers should fill a form and attach all the necessary documents required for the food sample processing. Following which, a consent letter would be sent to them after review of the documents by the FSSAI through the officers’ online account. After which, the importers would be eligible for applying. “A user name and a password would then be provided to them,” Nimbalkar informed. He added that the importers could pay through online henceforth and check their status 24/7, once they submit the details of the samples.

The FSSAI representative said that the system was first introduced in the month of September and in its initial stages had to undergo a lot of difficulties such as necessity for training, lack of attendance of the importers for the same and complaints regarding the software.

In view of these glitches, FSSAI decided to provide compulsory training to all the food importers and more than 100 importers underwent this training under three officers from Mumbai who were specially assigned for the task, stated Nimbalkar on a concluding note.

MUMBAI TO HOST SEMINAR ON FSSA AWARENESS FOR RETAIL INDUSTRY ON FEB 22

February 21, 2012, Food and Beverage News


The Retailers' Association of India (RAI) and the Mumbai chapter of the Association of Food Scientists and Technologists (India) - AFSTI are organising a day-long seminar on Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) at Hotel Hilton Mumbai International Airport, Andheri (East), on February 22, 2012.

Those participating in the seminar can interact with experts from the retail industry and regulators and do their bit towards the implementation of the new FSSA regulations. Expected attendees include the chief executive officers, owners, legal, technical and operational heads of firms in the retail industry, merchandising heads, independent retailers and retail managers.

The seminar will commence at 9 am with the inauguration, welcome address and initial remarks by the organisers. S B Dongare of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) will deliver a special address and Mahesh Zagade, commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Maharashtra, will be the chief guest.

Prabodh Halde, vice-president, AFSTI, and manager, product integrity, Marico Ltd, is the speaker for the first session, titled—An Introduction to FSSA and Regulations and their Impact on Industry. Dr K U Methekar of the FDA will speak on licensing and registration, and Raghu Guda of the National Institute for Smart Government (NISG) will speak on regulations for food imports.

The speaker for the first of the two post-lunch sessions is Dr Nilesh S Amritkar, secretary, AFSTI, and director (laboratories), Envirocare Labs. He will speak on Schedule IV-Good Management Practices/Good Hygiene Practices for Food Business Operators (GMP/GHP for FBO). P Karthikeyan of the FSSAI will talk about how to improve food safety in retail in the second post-lunch session.
After the tea break, there will be a panel discussion-cum-question-and-answer session on the FSSA. The panelists include Dilip Shrirao, joint commissioner, FDA; Raghu Guda; Aish Kumar, FSSAI; Dr Pitambar Singh, FSSAI; Dr K U Methekar; Vinesh Sanbagh, McDonald's; Dr Vinod Kumar Dhanuka, Reliance Retail; and Rajiv Sharma, Future Group. 

Sunday 19 February 2012

FDA SEIZES 700 TINS OF ADULTERATED GHEE














Feb 19,2012, Deccan Herald

Food and Drug Administration department has seized 700 tins of adulterated ghee from a dairy here, officials said on Sunday.

MORENA (MP): Following a tip-off, officials raided the dairy located at Keshav Colony area on Saturday and recovered 700 tins of fake ghee, apart from things like chemicals, washing powder, vanaspati ghee which are used in the adulteration process in huge quantities.
PTI

Thursday 16 February 2012

WATCHDOG FOR RESTAURANT CHICKEN



February 16 , 2012



CALCUTTA:  Chicken lovers of Jamshedpur, don’t spoil your appetite with niggling bird flu fears. Doubts about the health of poultry served in restaurants can be dumped right into the dustbin along with the leftover bones.
Starting from Wednesday, East Singhbhum’s health team has beefed up its vigil on the quality of food served in eateries, especially non-vegetarian ones, with three important changes.
First, from now on, a team of senior East Singhbhum health department officials will conduct checks on roadside eateries, restaurants and food kiosks on a routine basis. Earlier, raids were carried out only based on specific complaints.
Two, the quality of food sold by hotels and commercial eateries used to be regulated under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, but now it has come under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Three, the probe team constituted for this purpose will get punitive rights. If an eatery is found to have violated safety standards, the panel can cancel its licence.
A four-member team led by Swarn Singh, assistant chief medical officer of East Singhbhum, who is empowered to cancel the licence of an establishment, started its job on Wednesday.
The assistant chief medical officer, in the news for the proposed crackdown on quacks, added that the move taken by the district health department assumed significance in view of the lingering bird flu scare.
“The bird flu scare has not died down at all. Our move is a precautionary measure to ward off danger from diseases caused by the avians.”
The drive will cover hotels, roadside eateries, catering services, food packaging units and beverages. “We have tried to be as extensive as possible as per instructions from principal secretary of health K. Vidyasagar. Collection of food samples and sending them to labs will be a routine job,” food inspector K.P. Singh said, adding it was not related to Ranchi’s recent milk adulteration incident.

“We will focus on eateries that deal with chicken and poultry products,” Swarn Singh added.
“Not only will this move prevent people from falling prey to toxic and stale edibles that induce various diseases, it will help improve the overall standard of the eateries,” he told The Telegraph.
On Wednesday, they went to two well-known joints near Basant Talkies, Lakhi Caterer and Sanjha Chulha, spending over two hours inspecting raw and cook food, storage and cooking facilities as well as kitchens. They also took samples to be sent for inspection to a Dhanbad-based food-testing lab.

CALCUTTA:  Chicken lovers of Jamshedpur, don’t spoil your appetite with niggling bird flu fears. Doubts about the health of poultry served in restaurants can be dumped right into the dustbin along with the leftover bones.
Starting from Wednesday, East Singhbhum’s health team has beefed up its vigil on the quality of food served in eateries, especially non-vegetarian ones, with three important changes.
First, from now on, a team of senior East Singhbhum health department officials will conduct checks on roadside eateries, restaurants and food kiosks on a routine basis. Earlier, raids were carried out only based on specific complaints.
Two, the quality of food sold by hotels and commercial eateries used to be regulated under the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, but now it has come under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Three, the probe team constituted for this purpose will get punitive rights. If an eatery is found to have violated safety standards, the panel can cancel its licence.
A four-member team led by Swarn Singh, assistant chief medical officer of East Singhbhum, who is empowered to cancel the licence of an establishment, started its job on Wednesday.
The assistant chief medical officer, in the news for the proposed crackdown on quacks, added that the move taken by the district health department assumed significance in view of the lingering bird flu scare.
“The bird flu scare has not died down at all. Our move is a precautionary measure to ward off danger from diseases caused by the avians.”
The drive will cover hotels, roadside eateries, catering services, food packaging units and beverages. “We have tried to be as extensive as possible as per instructions from principal secretary of health K. Vidyasagar. Collection of food samples and sending them to labs will be a routine job,” food inspector K.P. Singh said, adding it was not related to Ranchi’s recent milk adulteration incident.

“We will focus on eateries that deal with chicken and poultry products,” Swarn Singh added.
“Not only will this move prevent people from falling prey to toxic and stale edibles that induce various diseases, it will help improve the overall standard of the eateries,” he told The Telegraph.
On Wednesday, they went to two well-known joints near Basant Talkies, Lakhi Caterer and Sanjha Chulha, spending over two hours inspecting raw and cook food, storage and cooking facilities as well as kitchens. They also took samples to be sent for inspection to a Dhanbad-based food-testing lab.

Telegraph 


Wednesday 15 February 2012



DEHRADUN: For better coordination the Food Safety Authority of India (FSSAI) would be issuing licences under Central and state categories, depending on the turnover of the food business operators (FBOs).

The food business operators (FBOs) with manufacturing units in more than one state with a turnover above Rs 20 lakh would be issued licences from the Central Government.

The FBOs, whose turnover is below Rs 20 lakh and are concentrated in only one state, would be able to get licences for food from the state.

After the Food Safety Commission came into existence in the state, the licences for FBOs would be issued by the commission. 

Tribune News Service

Monday 13 February 2012

OFFICERS APPOINTED UNDER FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS ACT 2006


NAGAPATTINAM: The district administration has appointed food safety officers under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, that came into force since August last year. At the State level, food safety and drug administration is being monitored by a food safety commissioner and at the district level by food safety officers.

The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 consolidates all existing food laws and repeals eight statutory food-related laws.

With the coming into force of Food Safety and Standards Act, the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954; The Fruit Products Order, 1955; The Meat Food Products Order, 1973; The Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947; The Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) Order, 1988; The Solvent Extracted Oil, De oiled Meal, and Edible Flour (Control) Order,1967; The Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992; Essential Commodities Act, 1955 relating to food along with the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939; stands repealed since August 5,2011.

Food producers, distributers, retailers, vendors, road-side hawkers, caterers, marriage caterers, and water suppliers are henceforth not required to have their activities registered with the local bodies or other concerned entities under any of the aforementioned expired laws.
All registrations of such activities shall be defined by the new Food Protection and Standards Act, and aforementioned activities shall be registered and licences renewed solely under the Food Safety and Standards Act.

According to a department release, applications for licenses and registrations may be obtained from the concerned Food Safety Inspectors, on payment of requisite fee.
According to the release, A. Jeganathan, has been designated district food safety inspector, and the following persons designated as food safety officers for various blocks:

A.T.Anbazhagan(94435 26579) for Thirumarugal; K.Kodandabani (99421 84685) for Vedaranyam; S.Peter Pugazhendhi(94437 02460) for Keezhayur; A.Sathish(97861 47236) for Keezhvelur; M.Anthiony Prabhu(95436 97607) for Thalainayar; A.Maharajan(99765 59438)for Nagapattinam; R.Thavapalan( 99426 93266) for Semmanarkoil; P.Srinivasan(94425 75044) for Sirkazhi; C.Senthikumar(94890 07659) for Kollidam; D.Sekar (94439 85754) for Mayiladuthurai block; R.M.Praveen Raghu(94876 41649) for Kuthalam; V.Muthayan(94434 85271) for Mayiladuthurai Municipality; V.Balaguru(94867 19030) for Vedarnayam Municipality.

Any complaints of irregularities in quality of goods shall be brought to the notice of the food safety officers.
The Act consolidates all existing food laws and repeals eight statutory

Saturday 11 February 2012

2 RESTAURANTS SEALED FOR UNHYGIENIC CONDITIONS



Feb 11, 2012

SURAT: The Surat Municipal Corporation's (SMC) health department has started an intensive health campaign targeting the restaurants and roadside eateries in the city.
In a surprise checking on Friday, two of the well-known restaurants in city's posh Bhatar area were sealed by the health department for posing danger to public health because of the unhygienic conditions in their kitchens.
Official sources said about 48 hotels and restaurants in Athwa zone, including the areas like Athwalines, Bhatar and Parle Point, were checked by the health department on Friday. While few of the hotels and restaurants were given notices to keep their premises clean and hygienic, two restaurants - Sigadi and Fame - were sealed by the officials for grossly violating the Food Safety Act.
"The restaurants sealed on Friday had a neat and clean atmosphere in the sitting area, but their kitchens were really filthy. The consumers were served food from the unhygienic kitchen, which could affect their health," a food inspector with Athwa zone said.
Along with the checking drive on the restaurants and hotels, the health department officials conducted surprise checks at the roadside eateries. About 66 roadside eateries in Athwa zone were checked and that stale food item and other unhygienic eating material weighing about 56 kilograms was destroyed and fine worth Rs 26,000 was collected on the spot.
"The inspection teams have warned the eateries that they should provide wholesome drinking water and serve freshly prepared food to customers or face strict action. The hotel owners have been asked to maintain their kitchens and premises in hygienic condition," chief medical officer Dr Hemant Desai said.

The Times of India

OFFICERS APPOINTED UNDER FOOD SAFETY AND STANDARDS ACT 2006


NAGAPATTINAM: The district administration has appointed food safety officers under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, that came into force since August last year. At the State level, food safety and drug administration is being monitored by a food safety commissioner and at the district level by food safety officers.

The Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 consolidates all existing food laws and repeals eight statutory food-related laws.

With the coming into force of Food Safety and Standards Act, the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954; The Fruit Products Order, 1955; The Meat Food Products Order, 1973; The Vegetable Oil Products (Control) Order, 1947; The Edible Oils Packaging (Regulation) Order, 1988; The Solvent Extracted Oil, De oiled Meal, and Edible Flour (Control) Order,1967; The Milk and Milk Products Order, 1992; Essential Commodities Act, 1955 relating to food along with the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939; stands repealed since August 5,2011.

Food producers, distributers, retailers, vendors, road-side hawkers, caterers, marriage caterers, and water suppliers are henceforth not required to have their activities registered with the local bodies or other concerned entities under any of the aforementioned expired laws.
All registrations of such activities shall be defined by the new Food Protection and Standards Act, and aforementioned activities shall be registered and licences renewed solely under the Food Safety and Standards Act.

According to a department release, applications for licenses and registrations may be obtained from the concerned Food Safety Inspectors, on payment of requisite fee.
According to the release, A. Jeganathan, has been designated district food safety inspector, and the following persons designated as food safety officers for various blocks:

A.T.Anbazhagan(94435 26579) for Thirumarugal; K.Kodandabani (99421 84685) for Vedaranyam; S.Peter Pugazhendhi(94437 02460) for Keezhayur; A.Sathish(97861 47236) for Keezhvelur; M.Anthiony Prabhu(95436 97607) for Thalainayar; A.Maharajan(99765 59438)for Nagapattinam; R.Thavapalan( 99426 93266) for Semmanarkoil; P.Srinivasan(94425 75044) for Sirkazhi; C.Senthikumar(94890 07659) for Kollidam; D.Sekar (94439 85754) for Mayiladuthurai block; R.M.Praveen Raghu(94876 41649) for Kuthalam; V.Muthayan(94434 85271) for Mayiladuthurai Municipality; V.Balaguru(94867 19030) for Vedarnayam Municipality.

Any complaints of irregularities in quality of goods shall be brought to the notice of the food safety officers.
The Act consolidates all existing food laws and repeals eight statutory