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Thirukkural – திருக்குறள்

அதிகாரம்/Chapter/Adhigaram: பகைத்திறம் தெரிதல்/Knowing the Quality of Hate/Pakaiththirandheridhal 88
இயல்/ChapterGroup/Iyal: நட்பியல்/Friendship/Natpiyal 10
பால்/Section/Paal: பொருட்பால்/Wealth/Porutpaal 2
குறள் 880
உயிர்ப்ப உளரல்லர் மன்ற செயிர்ப்பவர்
செம்மல் சிதைக்கலா தார்
மு.வ உரை:
பகைத்தவருடையத் தலைமையைக் கொடுக்க முடியாதவர் திண்ணமாக மூச்சு விடும் அளவிற்கும் உயிரோடு வாழ்கின்றவர் அல்லர்.
Couplet 880
But breathe upon them, and they surely die,
Who fail to tame the pride of angry enemy
Explanation
Those who do not destroy the pride of those who hate (them) will certainly not exist even to breathe
Transliteration
Uyirppa Ularallar Mandra Seyirppavar
Semmal Sidhaikkalaa Thaar
 
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Posted by on April 19, 2013 in Pest Management Training

 

Rs 205000 fine imposed under Food Safety Act

Ganderbal:(J & K

The Court of Adjudicating officer under Food Safety Act (FSA)-2006 (Additional District Magistrate Ganderbal) Syed Shahnawaz Bukhari today imposed a fine as Penalty of Rs 2,05,000  on  different food business operators, who were selling/manufacturing “misbranded and substandard” food items to the consumers.

Meanwhile, the Additional District Magistrate Ganderbal directed the concerned department to ensure routine market checking in the district, so that wholesome and quality food is made available to the general public.

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Posted by on August 29, 2015 in Punishment

 

The milk you drink is unsafe: Chennai lab

One of the three randomly picked samples of Nandini Full Cream Milk in Chennai tested positive for a pesticide content

One of the three randomly picked samples of Nandini Full Cream Milk in Chennai tested positive for a pesticide content

Bengaluru:

Caution! You better look into the quality of milk being delivered at your doorstep. The National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) in Chennai has reported that one of the three randomly picked samples of Nandini Full Cream Milk in Chennai tested positive for a pesticide content.

The report said the presence of Cypermethrin, a pesticide, in the milk was 40% higher than the limit prescribed by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India . The samples were sent by Gaurav Maheshwari, Founder, Wisetummy.com – which is an online nutritional start-up. It had earlier tested Maggi and other noodle samples and found them safe.

“I strongly feel that consumers should be informed about their food choices. Cypermethrin is a pyrethoid insecticide. The World Health Organisation classifies it as ‘moderately hazardous’,” Mr Maheshwari said.

“Dairy products should not contain hazardous content even in small quantities. Even if one sample has been tested positive, it is alarming as babies consume milk and its products the most,” said Dr Thuppil Venkatesh, professor emeritus, St John’s Medical College who is also the national chairman, Indian Society for Lead Awareness and Research.

KMF director: Is it our milk?

Ravikumar Kakade, Director (Marketing), Karnataka Milk Federation said, “It is a bolt from the blue for me and we are totally ignorant of this test. Such tests are subjected to a protocol. It should be done in the presence of the manufacturer. Is it even our milk?

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Posted by on August 29, 2015 in Food Safety

 

Boy dies of food poisoning

CHENNAI :

A ten-year-old boy, who was admitted to Stanley Hospital on Sunday owing to alleged food poisoning, died here on Monday morning.

The police said that Balaji, 10, had ‘rasam’ rice on Friday along with his parents, Prabhakaran and Renuka, his elder brother Harish and grandmother Amsavalli. The next day, all of them are reported to have fallen sick and visited a doctor at Vyasarpadi.

“On Sunday, Balaji’s condition worsened and he was rushed to a hospital at Tondiarpet and was later referred to Stanley Medical College Hospital,” a police officer said, adding that he died on Monday morning.

Quoting hospital sources, investigating policemen said the death was owing to alleged food-poisoning.

However, the exact cause could be ascertained only after they received the post-mortem examination report and visceral test results. Police are further investigating the death.

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Posted by on August 29, 2015 in Food poisoning

 

How Safe Is Your Ground Beef?

All meat potentially contains bacteria that—if not destroyed by proper cooking—can cause food poisoning, but some meats are more risky than others. Beef, and especially ground beef, has a combination of qualities that can make it particularly problematic—and the consequences of eating tainted beef can be severe.

The majority of beef (about 97 percent) for sale comes from “conventionally raised” cattle that begin their lives grazing in grassy pastures but are then shipped to and packed into feedlots and fed mostly corn and soybeans for three months to almost a year. The animals may also be given antibiotics and hormones. That practice is considered to be the most cost-efficient way to fatten up cattle: It takes less time, labor, and land for conventionally raised cattle to reach their slaughter weight compared with those that feed on grass their whole lives. 

Read full article in :

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/food/how-safe-is-your-ground-beef.htm

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2015 in USFDA

 

Food Safety News – India today – 28-08-15

NATIONAL 

India food watchdog leaves foreign groups wary

An Indian shopkeeper removes packets of Nestle 'Maggi' instant noodles from the shelves in his shop in Siliguri on June 5, 2015. India's food safety regulator on June 5 banned the sale and production of Nestle's Maggi instant noodles over a health scare after tests found they contained excessive lead levels. AFP PHOTO/Diptendu DUTTA

Nestlé’s Maggi noodles were not the only food to disappear from India’s shop shelves in June, after regulators banned the snack amid concerns over lead levels. Anglo-Dutch conglomerate Unilever and Japan’s Nissin Foods recalled their Knorr Chinese noodles and Top Ramen, while other companies quietly stopped selling other products, such as jams

Read more at :

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/88d3919e-4a33-11e5-9b5d-89a026fda5c9.html#axzz3k5aQCoUc

 

Panel seeks ban on sale of junk food to children in and around schools

A committee on junk food and childhood obesity set up by ministry of women and child development has recommended ban on junk foods in school canteens and within 200 metres of schools. The committee submitted its report recently. The ministry said that it was examining the report.

Read more at :

http://www.fnbnews.com/article/detnews.asp?articleid=37710&SectionId=1&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+FnBNews+%28FnBNews.com+Today%27s+Top+News%29

Product approvals to take longer: food companies

Over the last two years, the FSSAI and companies have been increasingly at loggerheads as the regulator withheld product approvals. Photo: Bloomberg

Food manufacturers and importers are unsure how to interpret the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI’s) statement that it had decided to scrap product approvals, after the Supreme Court on 19 August questioned the procedures followed by the FSSAI for granting such approvals

Read more at :

http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/XOAPly6V0NLSUv0jUg14oI/Product-approvals-to-take-longer-food-companies.html

No FSSAI role in product nod raises eyebrows

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has stated it would not continue with the process of product approvals, citing a order, thereby allowing food and health care products to be launched freely in the market.

Read more at :

http://www.business-standard.com/article/companies/no-fssai-role-in-product-nod-raises-eyebrows-115082700212_1.html

KERALA

Fest Food Stalls Face Safety Raids

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The special squads under the commissionerate of food safety on Thursday carried out extensive inspections at the temporary food courts opened at KanakakunnuPalace premises, as part of the week-long Onam celebrations..

Read more at :

http://article.wn.com/view/2015/08/28/Fest_food_stalls_face_safety_raids/

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in In the News

 

PFA – Delhi High Court – Arhar Dal sample – not confirming standards – FI / FSO vs Parvinder Malik on 6 December, 2013

         IN THE HIGH COURT OF DELHI AT NEW DELHI
         CRL.L.P. 703/2013
         Judgment dated 06.12.2013

         FOOD INSPECTOR/FOOD SAFETY OFFICER            ..... Petitioner
                      Through : Mr.Manoj Ohri, Advocate

                              versus

         PARVINDER MALIK                               ..... Respondents
                     Through

         CORAM:
         HON'BLE MR. JUSTICE G.S.SISTANI

CRL.M.A.18302/2013

1. Exemption allowed subject to all just exceptions.

2. Application stands disposed of.

CRL.L.P. 703/2013

3. Present leave to appeal petition has been filed under Section 378 (1) Cr.P.C. against the order of acquittal dated 14.12.2012 passed by learned ACMM, Delhi.

4. The facts of this case, as noticed by the learned ACMM in the judgment, are as under:

“1. The present complaint has been filed on 10.01.2003 by the Delhi Administration through FI Sh. R.P. Singh against the above named accused. It is stated in the complaint that on 10.09.2002 at about 3:10 PM, FI Sh.Pawan Bhatnagar purchased a sample of Dal Arhar, a food article for analysis from accused Parvinder Malik from the aforesaid premises, where the said food article was found stored for sale and the accused was found conducting the business of the said food article at the time of sampling. The sample consisted of approximately 750 gms of Dal Arhar (ready for sale), taken from an open gunny bag, bearing no label declaration. The sample was taken under the supervision and direction of Shri Rajesh Kumar, SDM/ LHA. The sample was taken after properly mixing the Dal Arhar. The FI Shri Pawan Bhatnagar divided the sample into three equal parts then and there by putting them in three separate clean and dry bottles. Each sample bottle was separately packed, fastened and sealed as per the requirements. The accused / vendor’s signature were obtained on the LHA slip and on the wrapper of the sample bottles. Rest of the procedural documents were prepared at the spot in accordance with PFA Act and Rules and all the documents were got signed from the accused as well as one witness i.e. FI Shri A.K. Dhir.

2. The complaint further runs to the effect that one counterpart of the sample was sent to the PA, Delhi in intact condition and two intact counterparts were deposited with the LHA. The PA analysed and found the sample to be adulterated because it was coloured with synthetic colouring matter viz Tartrazine.

3. Further, accused Parvinder Malik was found to be Vendor- cum-Proprietor of M/s.Om Provision Store at the time of sampling and as such he was In-Charge and responsible for the day to day conduct of the business at the aforesaid premises. Thereafter, the entire case file was sent to the Director PFA who accorded the requisite consent U/s.20 of the Act and consequent thereto the present complaint was filed.

4. The accused was summoned vide order dated 20.01.2003. He appeared and exercised the Right and Option U/s 13 (2) of the Act of 1954 and consequently the sample counterpart as per the choice of the accused was sent for analysis to the Central Food Laboratory, Pune. The Director CFL gave his report to the effect that the samples does not conform to the standards of split pulse (Dal) Arhar as per PFA Rule 1955.

5. Charge for the violation of Provision of S.2(i-a) (j) & (m) of PFA Act, 1954 Rule 23 r/w.Rule 28 & 29 of PFA Rules, 1955, punishable U/s 16(1A) r/w S.7 of PFA Act 1954 was framed against the accused to which he pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

6. Four witnesses namely Shri Pawan Bhatnagar, Food Inspector (PW-1), Shri R.P. Singh (PW-2), Shri Rajesh Kumar, the then SDM/ LHA (PW-3) and Shri A.K. Dhir, Food Inspector (PW-

4) were examined on behalf of the complainant.

7. Statement of the accused U/s.313 Cr.P.C. was recorded whereby the accused wished not to lead DE.”

5. Learned counsel for the petitioner submits that the learned trial court while passing the impugned judgment has failed to appreciate that the sample failed as per both, the public analyst as well as CFL report. Counsel contends that the trial court has further failed to consider that the CFL report is final and supersedes the report of the public analyst.

6. The learned trial court while passing the impugned order has observed that in PA‟s Report, damaged grain, weevilled grains and Uric acid have been found NIL, whereas the Director CFL found the same present to the tune of 4.0%, 2.0% and 66 mg/kg respectively. Learned trial court has also observed that Public analyst found moisture to the tune of 8.32% and foreign matter organic to the tune of 0.27% whereas the Director CFL adjudged the moisture as 8.68% and foreign matter NIL, and reached the conclusion that such variations /contradictions suggest that the sample sent to two labs was not of a representative character. The trial court has relied upon the observations made by the Court in the case of State Vs. Rama Rattan Malhotra Crl.L.P.No.581/2011 wherein reliance on the case State Vs. Mahender Kumar & Ors. Crl.No.54/1990 was placed wherein in turn reference was made to the case Kanshi Nath Vs. State 2005 (2) FAC 219, wherein it was reiterated that if on comparison of the report of Public Analyst and the CFL unacceptable variations are shown in two samples then it cannot be said that the samples were representative and the accused would be entitled to an acquittal. Relying upon the above cases, learned trial court dismissed the complaint and acquitted the respondent.

7. The law with regard to the grant of leave is well settled by a catena of judgments. Leave to Appeal can be granted only where it is shown that the conclusions arrived at by the Trial Court are perverse or there is mis- application of law or any legal principle. The High Court cannot entertain a petition merely because another view is possible or that another view is more plausible. In Arulvelu and Anr. vs. State represented by the Public Prosecutor and Anr., 2009 (10) SCC 206, while referring with approval the earlier judgment in Ghurey Lal vs. State of Uttar Pradesh, (2008) 10 SCC 450, the Supreme Court reiterated the principles which must be kept in mind by the High Court while entertaining an Appeal against acquittal. The principles are:-

“1. The accused is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. The accused possessed this presumption when he was before the trial court. The trial court’s acquittal bolsters the presumption that he is innocent.

2. The power of reviewing evidence is wide and the appellate court can re-appreciate the entire evidence on record. It can review the trial court’s conclusion with respect to both facts and law, but the Appellate Court must give due weight and consideration to the decision of the trial court.

3. The appellate court should always keep in mind that the trial court had the distinct advantage of watching the demeanour of the witnesses. The trial court is in a better position to evaluate the credibility of the witnesses.

4. The appellate court may only overrule or otherwise disturb the trial court’s acquittal if it has “very substantial and compelling reasons” for doing so.

5. If two reasonable or possible views can be reached – one that leads to acquittal, the other to conviction – the High Courts/appellate courts must rule in favour of the accused.

6. Careful scrutiny of all these judgments lead to the definite conclusion that the appellant court should be very slow in setting aside a judgment of acquittal particularly in a case where two views are possible. The trial court judgment cannot be set aside because the appellate court‟s view is more probable. The appellate court would not be justified in setting aside the trial court judgment unless it arrives at a clear finding on marshalling the entire evidence on record that the judgment of the trial court is either „perverse‟ or wholly unsustainable in law.”

8. I have heard counsel for the petitioner and gone through the record. In my opinion, learned counsel for the petitioner has been unable to draw a distinction between the decision rendered by the Court in the case of State v. Rattan Malhotra (supra) and the present case. Admittedly, in the present case there is variation in the reports (report of the Public Analyst and the report of the Director, CFL) with respect to the damaged grain, weevilled grains and Uric acid, and with respect to the moisture in the Dal Arhar.

9. Having regard to the facts of this case, the same is fully covered by the decision rendered in Kanshi Nath v. State, reported at 2005 (2) FAC 219 Delhi High Court; State v. Mahender Kumar & Ors., reported at 2008 (1) FAC 177; State (Delhi Administration) v. Ram Singh & Anr., reported (2009) 1 FAC 371; and keeping in mind the general principles set out in the case of Arulvelu and Anr. (Supra), no grounds are made out to entertain the present leave to appeal petition and the same is accordingly dismissed.



G.S.SISTANI, J
DECEMBER 06, 2013

 

 
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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Court cases

 

Plant – derived anti microbials, a boon to organic farming

While organic products are getting popular across the globe, use of plant-derived antimicrobials for improving food safety in organic agriculture has become an emerging area of research, Kumar Venkitanarayanan, Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut, USA, has said.

Talking to media persons during his brief visit to the Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (KVASU) headquarters here, Dr. Kumar said the United States Drug Administration recommended the production of food products using methods that preserved the environment and avoided synthetic materials, including pesticides and antibiotics.

The U.S., Germany and France were the emerging markets for organic products. Food safety was emerging as the major component of sustainable organic agriculture and the World Health Organisation (WHO) listed the major concerns on food safety as microbiological hazards such as salmonellosis and chemical toxins such as aflatoxins, he said.

“Nearly 2.2 million people are killed annually worldwide, including nearly 3,000 deaths in the U.S., due to salmonellosis, Dr. Kumar said.

Interventions for improving food safety were required at pre-harvest, post-harvest and consumer level to tackle it. Identification of treatments and practices that maintain and improve animal health and food safety without jeopardising the organic standards had been made critical for the progress of the organic livestock industry, he added. 

Plant-Derived Antimicrobials (PDAs) such as phytophenolics were regarded as safe, food grade and bio degradable with plant defence mechanism, he said.

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Posted by on August 28, 2015 in Organic Farming

 
 
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