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Thirukkural – திருக்குறள்


அதிகாரம்/Chapter/Adhigaram: மானம்/Honour/Maanam 97
இயல்/ChapterGroup/Iyal: குடியியல்/Miscellaneous/Kudiyiyal 11
பால்/Section/Paal: பொருட்பால்/Wealth/Porutpaal 2
குறள் 963
பெருக்கத்து வேண்டும் பணிதல் சிறிய
சுருக்கத்து வேண்டும் உயர்வு
மு.வ உரை:
செல்வம் பெருகியுள்ள காலத்தில் ஒருவனுக்குப் பண்பு வேண்டும், செல்வம் குறைந்து சுருங்கும் வறுமையுள்ள காலத்தில் பணியாத உயர்வு வேண்டும்.
Couplet 963
Bow down thy soul, with increase blest, in happy hour;
Lift up thy heart, when stript of all by fortune’s power
In great prosperity humility is becoming; dignity, in great adversity
Perukkaththu Ventum Panidhal Siriya
Surukkaththu Ventum Uyarvu
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Nestle resumes production of Maggi across the country

Nearly six months after it had to shut down Maggi manufacturing units across the country, Nestlé India on Monday resumed production of the instant noodles at the last of its five plants at Tahliwal, Himachal Pradesh. Being one of the two major production units of Maggi noodles, resumption of production in the plant is expected to raise the supply of the product.

“We have resumed manufacturing of Maggi Noodles at its Tahliwal (Himachal Pradesh) Factory. With this, the company has resumed manufacture of Maggi Noodles at all five noodle manufacturing facilities,” the company informed the BSE on Monday. Nestlé had resumed production of Maggi in its plants at Nanjangud (Karnataka), Bicholim (Goa), Moga (Punjab) and Pantnagar (Uttarakhand) in a phased manner from October 26.

While the addition of the Talhiwal plant is a step forward for Nestlé towards normalising production volume, experts say the production volume will take a few months to reach the pre-ban level; currently, only one out of nine variants of the product is being manufactured. The Oats Masala noodle variant of Maggi lacks approval from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Other variants are yet to be re-launched. Nestlé India used to produce around 20,000 tonnes of the instant noodle before the controversy started in May this year.

On Monday, the food major also kicked off a promotional campaign ‘Welcome Back Maggi’ through social media platforms such as Twitter, digital platforms including YouTube, and the print medium. It has released five teaser ads, directed by film director Shoojit Sirkar, for digital, electronic media, highlighting reported consumer delight over the product’s re-entry in to the Indian market from November 9.

“The seed of doubt that has been planted in the minds of consumers in India has to be eradicated and we will be utilising traditional, digital and social media to connect with them,” Suresh Narayanan, chairman and managing director, Nestlé India, had told Business Standard earlier. The focus of these campaigns will be on “trust building and reassuring consumers” about the safety of Nestlé products. “There will be a significant increase in promotional and advertisement spend (in the coming quarters),” he said. The company is conducting its point of sales activation drives to make consumers aware and build the required connection that a brand needs after being absent from the market for some time.

Nestle India’s stock ended 1.53 percent lower at Rs 5,872.65 a share on the BSE on Monday. The BSE Sensex closed 0.07 per cent or 17.47 points, higher at 26,145.67

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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Food Business


Better not to drink the stuff at all

Last month a municipal gaushala in Patiala fed its cows the normal green fodder. 39 died within a few hours. A mob gathered and the gaushala workers who had no hand in getting the feed which was supplied by a commissioned contractor fled. The issue was taken up by communal elements and they took over the gaushala on the excuse that they could look after the cows better. Two days later 27 more died. Only then did the local administration start looking at the source of the contractor’s feed. Till today neither he nor his suppliers have been arrested.
In September scientists at the government Central Food Toxicology Research detected cancer-causing fungal toxins exceeding safety limits in samples of ultra-high-temperature processed milk- milk considered to be extremely sterile and pure. This is a problem that has been highlighted by scientists for the last ten years without having any action taken.
The poisonous compound is called aflatoxin M1 and it was found in 20 per cent of the samples of UHT (Ultra High Temperature processed) milk they examined. Earlier studies in India over the past decade have identified aflatoxins in raw and pasteurised milk but this is the first report of aflatoxins in UHT milk.
UHT milk is usually sold in tetrapacks as a shelf-stable product that needs no refrigeration until opened. Scientists at the CFTRI selected 45 samples of UHT milk from brands sold across the country. They found aflatoxin M1 levels exceeding limits imposed by India’s Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSA) in 10 out of the 45 samples of UHT milk, in six out of 45 samples of raw milk and in three out of seven samples of pasteurised milk. The raw and pasteurised milk was collected from milk suppliers across Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Their findings have appeared in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology.
High levels of aflatoxins in livestock feed such as maize residue and peanut cake seem to be the reason for the toxins in milk. This is not the first time that warnings have been given to the livestock sector. In north-west India in 1974, thousands of cattle died after eating mouldy maize with extremely high aflatoxin levels (ranging from 6250 to 15,600 mg/kg). More than forty years later, the dairy industry in India – that relies on milk supplies from livestock – does not test samples for aflatoxin before they pool the milk for industry-level processing. Since the late 1990s, reports of aflatoxins in milk have emerged from Thrissur in Kerala and Anand in Gujarat. Biochemists at the Indian Institute of Toxicology Research (IITR), Lucknow had detected very high aflatoxin levels in samples of infant milk food, milk-based weaning cereals and liquid milk in 2004.
Aflatoxin-producing members of Aspergillus are common and widespread in nature. They can colonize and contaminate grain before harvest or during storage. Host crops, which include maize, sorghum, and groundnuts, are particularly susceptible to infection by Aspergillus following prolonged exposure to a high-humidity environment, or damage from stressful conditions such as drought. Humidity, moisture, and poor storage conditions contribute to the growth of fungi and aflatoxins in livestock feed. Researchers have reported high values “up to 3,300 micrograms per kg” of the fungal toxin aflatoxin B1 in livestock feed. Aflatoxin B1 is metabolised by animals and converted into aflatoxin M1, which is secreted in milk. Aflatoxins are also sometimes found in eggs and meat when animals are fed contaminated grains.
Since studies show that these aflatoxins are resistant to heat treatment, the object should be to reduce their intake. But while most developed countries have set maximum permissible limits for aflatoxin levels in livestock feed, no such mandatory limits exist for livestock fodder in India. The limit for aflatoxins in milk set by the European Commission is “0.05 microgram per kg.” 90 per cent of our milk is higher than this. In 2006 FSSAI imposed 0.5 microgram per kg limit on milk in India – 10 times higher than the EC limit. Even that is lower than what is currently found. Recent studies conducted by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in South India revealed that aflatoxin levels were as high as 40 times the permissible limit. In a study published in the journal Food Control, researchers found that over 90% of the milk samples used in the study contained aflatoxin M1 levels. In these studies, contamination of milk was found to be high in both rural and urban areas, across a cross section of the population. Children were found to be most susceptible to the adverse health effects of these toxins.
At least 14 different types of aflatoxin are produced in nature. Aflatoxin B1 is considered the most toxic and is produced by fungi called Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus. These are among the most potent of carcinogens that cause more than 90,000 cases of liver cirrhosis and liver cancer each year. Consumption of aflatoxins can also lead to vomiting, abdominal pain, liver damage, convulsions, kidney, liver and heart disease, and in extreme cases, coma and death. Long-term aflatoxin poisoning in cattle leads to decrease in growth rate, lowered milk production and immune suppression. Some experiments have also shown high incidence of hepatitis B infection where dietary exposure to aflatoxins was prevalent.
Aflatoxins are strongly associated with stunting and immune suppression in children. In a 2015 study published by the Mitigating Aflatoxin Consumption for Improving Child Growth, researchers established a relationship between aflatoxin exposure and linear child growth. The study focused on children in the last trimester of gestation to age two (the primary period of growth faltering), and studied 1829 pregnant women who were enrolled from 2013 to 2014. Initial data collection found aflatoxin in the blood of all participants. The researchers reduced aflatoxin exposure by 50% in all participants and found that the reduction led to improved growth in the children tested.
Feed refusal, reduced growth rate, and decreased feed efficiency are the predominant signs of chronic aflatoxin poisoning in animals. In addition, listlessness, weight loss, rough hair coat, and mild diarrhoea may be seen. Anaemia along with bruises and subcutaneous haemorrhages are also frequent symptoms of aflatoxicosis. Increased susceptibility to other diseases, increased abortions and rectal prolapse are also signs. But in our country where vets are like hair on a near balding head, who is interpreting these symptoms?
How many of you know what food is being fed to the animals that give you milk? There are no pastures left in this country and cows/buffalos graze on the roadsides and on dirty human trodden grass. All green fodder grown for animals is grown with pesticides. Remember that if UHT milk, which means milk that has been pasteurized at very high temperatures, cannot remove the fungus, it is better not to drink the stuff at all.



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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Food poisoning


Consumer alert – Reliance Fresh — Metal pieces Utsav soan papdi

Food Business Operator :Reliance Fresh (Retailer)

Product : Utsava Soan Papdi 

Issue : Metal pieces in Soan Papdi

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Consumer voice :

I had purchased ‘Utsava Soan Papdi’ from Reliance Fresh Uttarahalli. Today I just opened it and shared with my family. Taste is good. But the dangerous thing is coming now. I saw two metal piece in the Soan Papdi. Attaching the picture of it. I am bit worried how many pieces my son or wife might have had. I have respect to Reliance Products. But this is is purely negligence from the Product delivery team or some one who packed it. How can we trust the things, blindly? People who buy this product please be careful.

pradeepk2005 on Nov 29, 2015, posted in

Complaint status : 

[Nov 29, 2015] Reliance Fresh customer support has been notified about the posted complaint

Satisfactory rating :

Complaints : 880,Resolved : 9 


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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Consumer Awareness


Expired products and wrong manufactured date on the pakage

Food Business Operator : Jaya Chickies Co .p Ltd

Product : Choco Puff

Expired products and wrong manufactured date on the pakage

Issue ; False details in packing label

Expired products and wrong manufactured date on the pakage

Consumer voice :

Hi my kids purchased a Rs.5 victory choco puff on 29/11/12 at a local retail shop. where as we just opened the packet, we found may pieces are with holes and expired, Then when i saw the packed Paced details it is mentioned as PAK:12/2015, Then i was suprised, this is just november month but the manufacturer mentioned on the packed as manufactured and packed in the month of decemebr-2015. SO, they are make wrong packing and also they have released in the market for sale.these products are made for kids and they are playing with kids life. they are not serious with kids life. pls take a serious action.

GRK Mohan,, Rengareddy Dt, AP on 30-11-15, posted in,


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Posted by on December 1, 2015 in Consumer Awareness


FSSAI should follow international standard: Harsimrat Kaur Badal

"As the food processing minister I have to answer a lot of questions when I travel abroad and to ask them to invest in India."

India should open up vegetable and fruit retailing to foreign investors as this will help farmers get a better price while consumers will get cheaper rates, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said. She also said there was a fear psychosis and confusion in the industry after the controversy over Maggi noodles, the court order and the recent detection of impurities in packaged pasta in Uttar Pradesh. In an interview with ET’s Madhvi Sally and Himangshu Watts, Badal said that if companies are in the wrong, they should be punished, but if inspectors are blackmailing companies and damaging them, strong action should be taken against them. Excerpts:

What is the mood in the food processing industry after the Nestle issue?

Figures clearly show that they have received a huge setback which we can’t deny. The setback has been there in many ways besides what the Maggi issue did, even the courts declaring that FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) orders need not be followed anymore. So the industry is in a limbo. There is no clarity. So, of course, the industry is suffering and as per law,product approval is not required but as approval has been the norm for so many years, industry is not sure that if they go for it tomorrow what happens. So it much more important for FSSAI to create those protocols, transparent environment to what is needed and what is not.

You have an inside view of the government. Are things happening in that direction?

What I have been telling FSSAI is that we need to harmonise with international standard. So eventually we are looking at Make In India, it had to be in par with what is happening globally. So first step was that this product by product approval needs to be stopped, self-regulation needs to come in, transparent systems needs to be in place, so that a person producing knows what ingredient he can put in his product and the way it will be tested. FSSAI could go about monitoring the situation, rather than approving thousands of products which take a number of years to be on shelves. From 300 safety standards for food items put by FSSAI, they have now finalised 12,000 standards for food additives and ingredients, which are in harmony with Codex standard. Once this system is done, it eases the situation. It is a step in the right direction.

Another ministry says the class action consumer suit against Nestle will continue.

I can’t comment on what another ministry is doing. At the end of the day everyone is trying to safeguard the people of the country and ensure what they are eating is safe and healthy. I don’t know why they took this step. They must have their reason and I can’t comment on it.

Once the court’s order came, one thought the issue has been resolved.

As the food processing minister I have to answer a lot of questions when I travel abroad and to ask them to invest in India. Unfortunately, with Maggi being approved in so many countries and Nestle being such a worldwide company, throughout the world everyone heard about this Maggi episode. So it’s important for us to get our product approval system act together in place. 

Again there are reports that some inspector in Uttar Pradesh has found lead in Maggi pasta.

When I said that the industry is under fear psychosis, it is for this reason also. Any inspector getting up anywhere and with the level of corruption at all levels, it’s worrisome. This was a sitting duck for anyone to walk into and say that I have found this and I will take it up and ban it (product). It happened in my state also. Luckily those people were able to get through to .me as I could be approached. When we checked the issue, we found that someone (food inspector) was up to some mischief. That’s why it is important if what this guy finds that pasta is not ok, there should be a lab to do that test in a specified time, in the correct form and if the person has taken a wrong call, he should be held responsible for misleading and spoiling the name of the brand. It takes a lot of time to build up the brand and the name of the product. Someone come and chuck muck at you which is proved to be incorrect, you have lost your business. End of the day whether it was Maggi or anyone else, they did lose business, even when court declared all was ok. There has to be absolutely transparent system in place.

Is that is your view on foreign direct investment. Will it help your sector?

My personal view is that FDI in the agriculture and food processing will be a huge boost.

If a company like Walmart wants to buy directly from farmers and cut middlemen, what will you say?

It will be perfect and it should be allowed. FDI is a call taken collectively for retail. FDI in foods, fruits, agriculture and perishable processing will be a great idea. We are democratic alliance of various parties and everyone has to be brought into it to accept this. The decision is taken by the cabinet. I will definitely welcome it as it will give a boost to the sector, help the farmers, and help the industry if FDI is allowed in the perishable business of the food processing industry.



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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Expert opinion


Conscious citizens walk food safety talk


From Vartika Singh of Miss India fame to madrasa student Rafia, people from all spheres of society walked for the cause of raising awareness towards importance of safe and hygienic food in the city, on Sunday. Organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in association with NASVI (National Association of Food Vendors of India) and consumer Body VOICE on Sunday, the WALKATHON was in alignment of Union Government’s Surakshit Khadya Abhiyaan.

Guest of honor Vartika Singh flagged off the event and moved youngsters to spread awareness on the issue. “Safe, healthy and hygienic food is a basic human right and we at our end should ensure the food we eat is clean and safe. Youngsters can apprise the vegetable and food vendors in their vicinity about measures for safe preparation and handling of raw as well as cooked food,” she said.

Raising consumers’ awareness about food safety the speakers emphasised on shared responsibility of farmers, food industry regulators and consumers. Speaking to over 2,000 students present for the walk they appealed to them to make their family, friends and relatives follow the basic practices of food safety like washing hands before eating, cleaning properly raw food before it is cooked and making efforts to keep surroundings of eateries near them clean.

Students from 40 schools and colleges of the city along with guests pledged to contribute towards safe food for all.

Around 150 students from madrassas and Muslim orphanages participated in the trek. Listening attentively to the speakers, 15-year-old Iqra said, “I will explain this to my mother once I reach home. We all know the importance of clean food but at times we are ignorant about practices like washing hands before eating and avoiding food from vendors not following hygiene. From today I will follow it religiously,” she said.


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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Consumer Awareness


McDonald’s Cockroach coffee – Video

Cockroach cold coffee..Even big brand like McDonald’s can be so careless..they are so casual about our health that for them quality control hardly matters.. and they think they can get away with simple apologies….

Souvik Paul Published in You Tube on March 17, 2015


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Posted by on November 30, 2015 in Pest News


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