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Food Safety Enforcement News – India updates – Jan 21-2018

GENERAL

Third party audit for food units of central institutions

New Delhi :
To strengthen the food safety surveillance system, the Union government has initiated a process of getting third party food safety audit of units under various central institutions.
Official sources said the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has started the process under the draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2017.
The FSSAI has granted provisional Recognition as Food Safety Auditing Agency to 15 auditing agencies after the approval by the Food authority to create a pool of auditing agencies that could be used for the purpose.

J & K

Food safety awareness prog held in Anantnag

ANANTNAG, JAN 16: Department of Food Safety and Standards, Anantnag today organised an awareness programme for the bakery manufacturing unitholders operating in the district under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
On the occasion, Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Anantnag and experts from the department provided detailed awareness to the bakery manufacturers. They were made aware about maintaining cleanliness and sanitary conditions of the equipment and containers being used for handling and processing of the food items, proper cleaning in place (CIP) system to be adopted and usage of potable water for processing purposes and non-potable water for cleaning purposes.
The participants were given awareness regarding how the proper drainage and waste disposal facilities can help to plug the loopholes to make food contamination free. They were also made aware of the latest and scientific ways of storage of raw material and processed food to save them from spoiling.
The bakery manufacturing unitholders were also instructed to have a trained management and supervising staff, food testing facilities, pest control system, personal hygiene in place and to adapt first-in and first-out (FIFO) procedure.
Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Anantnag said that such programmes will be organised in future too.
Among others, the programme was also attended by Food Safety officers of Anantnag, Achabal and Larnoo.

Food vendors, handlers’ challaned for unhygienic conditions

Jammu, Jan 16: Food Safety team has challaned many prominent food vendors and handlers for unhygienic conditions in their premises. A Food Safety team led by Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Jammu under the supervision of Controller, Drugs and Food Control Organization conducted inspection and challaned many food vendors and handlers in GoleMARKET area of the Gandhi Nagar for unhygienic conditions in their premises. The team also comprised of Food Safety Officers namely Hans Raj, Jai Inder Singh, Daleep Singh and Ajay Khajuria.
Earlier, the food vendors were warned to follow the norms of Food Safety and Standards Act, but during checking today, there were total unhygienic conditions in the premises of two food vendors and handlers and they were challaned accordingly.
Dr Parvesh Kumar warned the food vendors and handlers to follow the norms or face stringent action in the future also like today.
Later, the food safety team conducted the inspection of ‘Rehri Zone’ in Last Morh area in Gandhi Nagar and also issued strict instructions to them to follow the norms of Food Safety and Standards Act. “If anyone will be found violating the norms, the department will initiate action against them”, he added.
Earlier, to keep hygiene and sanitation at all levels, a three days workshop for milk and milk products sellers was held at Canal Road, here.
Food safety team led by Dr Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety Jammu apprised the shopkeepers and milk handlers to buy milk from the registered licence holders and took steps to maintain hygiene while dealing with milk products.
Dr Parvesh Kumar informed that the department is going to start a toll free number for people who buy milk at their door steps to get their milk checked in case they find it to be adulterated.
While challaning the shops for violating the norms, Assistant Commissioner Dr Parvesh Kumar instructed the shopkeepers and vendors selling eatables to follow the norms of Food Safety and Standards Act so to keep hygiene and sanitation at all levels.
KERALA

Food safety dept’s special team to monitor Ajinomoto use in restaurants

Palakkad: The food safety department will soon deploy a special team to examine use of Monosodium Glutamate or MSG (Ajinomoto) in restaurant. The team will function under the mobile vigilance squad of the food safety department. District Food Safety Assistant Ccommissioners will be in charge of the team in each district.
It is mandatory for the restaurants and bakeries to display the declaration for the information of customers saying that the restaurant uses Monosodium Glutamate (Ajinomoto) in the food items shown below and therefore, these food items are not advisable for children. 
The special team will examine whether every restaurants or bakeries display this declaration or violate the rule. Strict action will be taken against the restaurants and bakeries which violate the rule.
Earlier, the food safety officials had charged a penalty upto Rs 2 lakh and cancelled licence of the bakeries and restaurants for violating this rule. With the use of MSG becoming more rampant, the authorities are planning to impose higher penalties for violation.
The US Food and Drug Administration has listed ajinomoto in the list of relatively safe products to consume. Meanwhile, health department officials warned that the use of ajinomoto will affect the brain development of children in the age group 1 to 5 years. It has reported that some people will have allergic reactions like mouth ulcers and swelling after consuming ajinomoto.

Sugarcane juice stalls under scanner; Rusted machines seized

sugarcane juice stall

Vidyanagar: The food safety department carried out a safety check in sugarcane juice stalls and seized rusted machines which are likely to cause health hazards. The machines were seized from juice stalls located near Vidyanagar Postal and Telephone quarters and Thekkil bridge in Kasargod.

The safety check was conducted under the leadership of Food Safety Assistant Commissioner Benny Joseph and Food Safety Officer Aneesh Francis. More than 400 sugarcane juice stalls are operating along the national and state highways from Thalappadi to Kalikkadavu. The stalls are managed by Uttar 

Pradesh native labourers. The food safety team have been carrying out raids in the stalls and distributing notices containing necessary guidelines for the past two weeks.
The notice is prepared in both Malayalam and Hindi. The safety check was conducted in the juice stalls located in Kumbala, Badiyadukka, Cherkkala, Vidyanagar, Thekkil, Kanhangad, Padannakkad, Chithari and Neeleshwaram. There were complaints rising that the old machineries in sugarcane juice stalls are rusted and this may get mixed with grease, oil and rust from the machine.
The complaints also include that the stalls do not use edible ice and that they do not take any precaution to prevent insects and dust. The lack of hygiene in the stalls is also an issue. The lack of hygiene in the stalls is also an issue. The food safety department carried out the raid as directed by collector K. Jeevan Babu.
MADHYA PRADESH

Khajrana laddoos have excess colour

The team collected samples from Bhamori area on Wednesday
INDORE: The food department on Wednesday collected samples of sweets from Khajrana Ganeshtemple and test them in a mobile laboratory van. Over 50 per cent of samples have food colours in excess.
“During the drive, we collected 33 samples of ‘Laddu’ to test quality in a mobile laboratory van. In around 20 samples, food colours was found in excess,” food safety officer Manish Swami told TOI.
He said that the shopkeepers have been warned that they should follow Food Safety and Standards Authority Of India (FSSAI) guidelines which allow maximum limits of synthetic colours as 100 parts per million of the final food or beverage for consumption.
During the drive, a chaos witnessed among the shopkeepers and devotees.
State government had sent the mobile lab along with a team comprised a food analyst and some chemists to coordinate with the local team to check food products in its three days of stay here. In last three days, the local officials carried out on the spot testing of foods being served across the city including at ’56 Dukan’ and Bengali Square area.
“On the last day of three-day long drive, we collected samples of ghee, mawa, paneer and sweets from Bhamori area,” the officer said.
Food safety officials said the local office has a similar mobile laboratory van but due to some technical faults, it’s not in use now.
 
TAMILNADU

Food safety licence fee can be paid online

 
CHENNAI: Food vendors, restaurants and traders, who wanted to obtain food safety licence or registration, can remit the fee for the purpose online.
In a statement here on Thursday, Chennai district collector V Anbuselvan said a facility has been provided for the food traders to make their payments for receiving food safety licence or registration through online.
While people engaged in food trade with an annual turnover of less than Rs 12 lakh must pay a fee of Rs 100 for registration, those falling above the annual turnover bracket of Rs 12 lakh should get food safety license by paying a fee Rs 2,000 and Rs 3,000 depending on the category of the eateries.
Registrations and licence for those involved in food trade including tea shops, restaurants, star category hotels, all kind of eateries and food manufacturers has been mandated under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Greater Chennai Corporation officials on Monday seized 431kg meat from vendors who illegally sold it despite a prohibitory orders on account of Tiruvalluvar Day. According to a statement, the city has 2,689 meat shops. “At least 20 shops were kept open and sold meat against the order,” said an official. The highest seizure of 145kg took place at Royapuram (zone 5) . “Only one shop, of the 163 licensed shops, was kept open in Royapuram,” an official said. Of more concern was the illegal street-side sale of meat. In Adyar (zone 13), such sales were in full swing. “We seized 120 kg meat from unlicensed vendors,” the official added, but no action was taken against the vendors. As much as 61kg was seized in Anna Nagar (zone 8) and 50kg in Thiru Vi Ka Nagar (zone 6). Officials confiscated 15kg meat each in Teynampet (zone 9) and Kodambakkam (zone 10) and 25kg in Manali (zone 2). The seized meat would be destroyed, said officials.

Food Safety Enforcement News – Tamilnadu updates – Jan 21-2018

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Consumer alert – Insects in Dairy Milk chocolates

Food Business Operator : Mondelez India Foods / Cadbury India (Manufacturer)

Place : Ahmedabad

Product : Dairy Milk chocolate

Issue : Insects in chocolate

Consumer complaint as posted by VinayVJ on Jan 19th in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum

We bought 2 boxes of 5 rs. Dairy milk on 17/01/18 from vraj parlour, vraj vihar-7, prahladnagar, satellite, ahmedabad to be distributed in school on the occasion of our daughter’s birthday. We received complaint today that from the school that several chocolates had insects in the product. It was a big embarrassment and my wife unfortunately returned one box left back to the shop. The parents and school may further escalate this incident further. The vraj parlour shop rather than discarding the box, kept it back for further sale. Kindly act to prevent further damage to the health of children who may consume it and result in further complaints. Such contaminated product is not expected from a reputed company like yourself. 

Food poisoning in Mid Day Meals Centre – 120 children hospitalised

Nearly 120 children were taken ill after eating a meal at a school and admitted to a hospital here in Thiruvananthapuram. The children were from a lower primary school at Thonnakel in the district.

Though the condition of the none of the affected children was serious, they would be discharged only after monitoring their health condition, a release from the Medical College Hospital said today.

Parents rushed their children to local hospitals initially as they complained of uneasiness after they had noon meal served in school on Wednesday. Later they were admitted to the hospital.

Samples of the food the students had were being sent for examination.

Haryana to become first state to fortify essential food items

New scheme to check bacterial contamination of eatery and restaurant employees hands