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 23 October 2014


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Farm to Fork Food Safety – a research oriented science concept  based on integration of Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Hygienic Practices (GHP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)  – is the basis for Safe and Healthy food.

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Thirukkural – திருக்குறள்

அதிகாரம்/Chapter/Adhigaram: கண்ணோட்டம்/Benignity/Kannottam 58
இயல்/ChapterGroup/Iyal: அரசியல்/Royalty/Arasiyal 5
பால்/Section/Paal: பொருட்பால்/Wealth/Porutpaal 2
குறள் 577
கண்ணோட்டம் இல்லவர் கண்ணிலர் கண்ணுடையார்
கண்ணோட்டம் இன்மையும் இல்
கருணை மனம் கொண்டவர்க்கு இருப்பதே கண்கள் எனப்படும்; கருணையற்றோர் கண்ணற்றோர் என்றே கருதப்படுவார்கள்
Couplet 577
Eyeless are they whose eyes with no benignant lustre shine;
Who’ve eyes can never lack the light of grace benign
Men without kind looks are men without eyes; those who (really) have eyes are also not devoid of kind looks
Kannottam Illavar Kannilar Kannutaiyaar
Kannottam Inmaiyum Il

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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Pest Management Training


How to spot adulterated sweets? Delhi FSDA in action (Video news)

With the start of the festive season, families across India are on a shopping spree for sweets. But savouring these tasty treats can prove fatal. As demand and the price of sweets and its ingredients go up, many sellers are resorting to making sweets from contaminated and adulterated ingredients at cheaper

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Enforcement


Influenza Viruses

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in EFSA


Egg safety

The floodgates were opened with a Consumer Reports study from late 2013. Of 300 raw chicken breast samples taken from stores across the U.S., 97% were contaminated with harmful bacteria.

Numbers of this magnitude indicate this isn’t a fluke. It’s a serious food safety problem with contamination.

The numbers are reflected in cases of foodborne illness. Among bacteria, Salmonella are the number one cause of food borne illness in the U.S., resulting in more than 1 million illnesses, 19,000 hospitalizations, and 378 deaths every year.

And the problem extends to one of our favorite breakfast foods – eggs.

Putting Egg Safety in the Spotlight

4 out of 5 Salmonella food poisoning cases come from raw or undercooked eggs.[2] For anyone who likes their eggs on the soft side, or raw in a homemade milk shake or Caesar salad dressing, these numbers are significant. There’s also the increased risk of cross-contamination in the kitchen even if eggs are cooked all the way through.

There’s actually a product already on the market that can virtually wipe out the risk of Salmonella making it from the farm to your breakfast plate – pasteurized eggs.

Pasteurization is nothing new. The milk you buy in the store is pasteurized. Liquid eggs are routinely pasteurized. And for a certain segment of the market, including high-risk populations like schools and assisted living facilities, eggs are pasteurized, too. But the majority of supermarket eggs are still unpasteurized.

The process is simple. Pasteurization heats the egg to a specific temperature that kills off Salmonella and other harmful pathogens like the Avian flu virus. Notably, it kills pathogens inside the shell too, so even undercooked and raw eggs are rendered safe to eat. And tests haven’t indicated any impact to nutrition or taste. It’s a big gain in egg safety with virtually no impact to the egg itself.

Egg Safety is Within Reach

The numbers indicate that some players in the poultry industry need to target Salmonella contamination in their operations. While pasteurization could be viewed as a Band-Aid solution that props up a damaged system, it’s not a chicken-and-egg scenario. Pasteurization isn’t the root cause of our contamination problems. But what it can do is help prevent millions of illnesses and hundreds of deaths worldwide.

Allie Gallant

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Posted by on October 23, 2014 in Food Safety


Dietary guideline : 14 – Minimize the use of processed foods rich in salt, sugar and fats


Processed foods being rich in fats, salt, sugar and preservatives may pose a health risk if consumed regularly

Urbanization has increased the intake and demand for processed foods.

There is a trend towards replacing traditionally cooked foods with processed foods.

Processed foods may not be nutritionally balanced unless fortified.

Sugar, a processed food, provides empty calories.


Prefer traditional, home made foods.

Avoid replacing meals with snack foods.

Limit consumption of sugar and unhealthy processed foods which provide only (empty) calories.

Prefer fortified processed foods.

Always read food labels (given on containers) regarding content of nutrients, shelf-life and the additives present.


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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Dietary guidelines for Indians


EFSA – Risk Assessment Vs Risk Management

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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in EFSA


Top Ten Tips for a Safe and Healthy Diwali

Diwali is a very special day for millions of Indians living all over the world, because the day will witness the coming together of Indians as one single community in celebrating their grand festival, Diwali. People start preparing for the celebrations a few weeks in advance, but as the day approaches it becomes important to register a few important tips to enjoy the festivities without compromising our health.

Top Ten Tips for a Safe and Healthy Diwali

Top 10 tips for you to celebrate, stay safe and stay healthy this Diwali.

1. Sweets are hard to resist and during Diwali, when there is plenty of colorful sweets everywhere, it becomes even harder to resist. Remember the fact that Indians are genetically prone to diabetes and so it is always advisable to keep the intake of sugar and starch minimal.

2. Stay away from sweets that use chemical preservatives, because the intake of such preservatives can cause damage to our kidneys and liver. It can also cause asthma attacks and cancer.

3. Avoid sweets that have ‘silver’ coating. Such foils are often adulterated by aluminum and aluminum being a hazardous metal can accumulate in our body tissues and can also enter the brain.

4. In times of increasing air and noise pollution that we are witnessing today, it is important that we be responsible while using firecrackers. It is good to buy as little firecrackers as possible, because that can help us spend less and can also stop us from polluting our environment.

5. While using firecrackers we are definitely faced with the risk of burn injuries and so a few precautions are necessary. Always wear slippers during your fun time with firecrackers and never try to do anything to a firecracker apart from lighting it from a safe distance. Kids should be allowed to burn firecrackers only under adult supervision.

6. Do not light firecrackers in crowded areas or on the roadsides, because that might prove to be dangerous for bystanders and the general public.

7. Wear earplugs while exposed to explosive firecrackers. It might sound a bit fancy, but if we ignore it the excessive noise might damage our ears in the long run.

8. It is better to say ‘No’ to alcohol, as any excess is easily possible on this day of celebration. You can avoid a hangover and also the risk of driving while intoxicated if you must drive your car and visit your friends and family.

9. Diwali is a festival that brings a lot of gifts to people, so use the occasion to choose sensible gifts for family and friends. Try gifting fruits or low calorie sweets and snacks instead of ghee-laden sweets.

10. Diwali is also the festival of joy so make it special especially if there has been any unpleasantness with your family or friends in your past. Shed all your inhibitions and misgivings and make a fresh start. Wish them a ‘Happy Diwali’ and embrace them in joy.

Make your Diwali special for yourself, your family and your friends.

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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in Food Safety


Happy Diwali 2014 ! (Video)

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Posted by on October 22, 2014 in For A Change


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