The food regulator, which released the draft standards on Wednesday, has called for comments within 30 days
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has sought stakeholders’ comments on the draft notification related to cereals and cereals products, including instant noodles, fortified atta, maida, and rice; durum wheat maida, quinoa, tapioca, palm sago and pearl millet flour.
The food regulator, which released the draft standards on Wednesday, has called for comments within 30 days.
The draft defines instant noodles as a product prepared from wheat flour and/or rice flour and/or flour of any other cereals, millets and legumes covered under food additives regulations and water as the main ingredient with or without the addition of spices by kneading the dough and extending it.
“Starches, dried fruits and vegetables, nuts, edible protein and egg powder may be added, if required,” it said.
The draft rules added that instant noodles are characterised by the use of pregelatinisation process and dehydration either by frying or other methods.
Pregelatinisation is a process which is used to modify starch properties. These starches are cold-water-soluble and useful for making pasta and noodles.
According to the draft standards, the product should be presented as fried noodles or non-fried noodles.
“The product shall be of good characteristic colour, appearance, texture, aroma and taste and shall be free from added colour, undesirable taste, dirt, insects’ larvae and impurities or any other extraneous matter,” it said.
The draft rules standards state that noodles and the seasoning will separately comply with the safety regulations and the seasoning accompanying the instant noodles should be labeled distinctly on the package.
Nestle’s popular brand of instant noodles, Maggi, was banned last year when lead presence was reported in its samples. The Bombay High Court lifted the ban in August 2015, asking for fresh rounds of tests to ascertain whether it was safe for consumption.
VIJAYAWADA: Food safety officials along with a vigilance and enforcement team raided a ghee-making unit on Friday, which is allegedly using stale butter to manufacture ghee. The unit is located at Nunna in the city outskirts.
The officials seized about 40 tonnes of stale butter and 20 tonnes of processed ghee from the premises of Durga Agencies.
The officials also found that the premises of Durga Agencies was in unhygienic condition with cockroaches all over the place. The butter being used to make ghee was stale and stinking. Food safety assistant controller, N Purnachandar Rao, told TOI that the butter used in preparation of ghee was stale and past the expiry date.
Durga Agencies has a license to run the industry. It is marketing ghee under ‘Durga’ and ‘Kamadhenu’ brnad names. The industry is owned by P Krishna, who has two pending cases of similar nature against him, added Purnachandar Rao.
The officials collected two samples each of butter and ghee for laboratory test. Durga Agencies also makes curd sold in sachets of various sizes. They also collected samples of the curd.
Rao said they have served notices on the industry, seized the stocks and sealed the premises. Criminal proceedings will be initiated against the industry based on the lab findings.
PANAJI: The Goa government will hire an international agency to check fish and ensure that hazardous chemicals like formalin are not used as preservatives, state Food and Drugs Administration Minister Vishwajit Rane said Monday.
A high level committee comprising Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai, Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar, besides Rane, met in Margao on Monday to discuss the issue.
“There are fears being raised about use of formalin in fish. We have decided to address it by hiring an international agency which will test the fish that is imported in Goa from other states,” Rane told reporters after the culmination of the meeting.
He informed that the state government would finalise the name of the international agency within 24 hours and it would be invited to work along with the state’s FDA in this regard.
He said that the decision to invite the international agency was taken after consulting Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
The FSSAI, a Central body, is responsible for making regulations and setting standards, import of food, notifying labs and ensuring cooperation with the states.
The issue of formalin or formaldehyde, a potential cancer-inducing chemical, as a preservative in fish has rocked Goa for several months now.
Rane said that unlicensed fish traders will not be allowed to operate in Goa after October 15.
Goa Town and Country Planning minister Vijai Sardesai said Monday’s meeting discussed measures to ensure highest standards are adopted so as to make fish safe for consumption.
Sardesai alleged that the opposition Congress was creating doubt in the minds of the people about fish being consumed in Goa and added that chief minister Manohar Parrikar had been apprised of the issue.
Vadodara: Health officials of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) conducted surprise checking at four different garba venues in the city. The teams checked over 160 food stalls during the drive.
VMC teams have been on a drive to check food vendors since about a week. After checking sweet and savoury shops, the teams focussed on garba venues in the city since Friday night.
On Friday, food safety officers checked 166 stalls in the city and destroyed 95kg food items there. The items that were disposed of included ‘batata vada’, chutney, momos, rice, samosas and cut fruit
VADODARA: Food safety officers of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) conducted extensive drives to check sweet and savoury shops in wake of the festive season.
Stress is also being laid on ensuring that ‘fafda-jalebis’ are prepared in a hygienic manner for Dussehra.
VMC officials had begun the drive on Tuesday and this will continue till Dussehra. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the officials checked shops in the ST Depot, Rajmahal Road, Waghodiya-Dabhoi Ring Road, Sussen-Tarsali Road, Fatehpura, Akota, Sayajipark, Ajwa Road, New VIP Road, Harni, Sangam Char Rasta, Market, Kadak Bazar, Manjalpur, Somatalav, Makarpura, Parivar Crossroads and others.
On Thursday, officials checked shops in Sayajigunj, Waghodiya Road, Makarpura, Karelibaug and Warasiya Ring Road areas. In all, the food safety officers have collected 61 samples so far. The samples include those of raw materials as well as prepared food items.
JAMMU, Oct 9: To create awareness amongst food vendors and shopkeepers outside Bawe Wali Mata temple, a camp was organized today by a Food Safety team of Drug and Food Control Organization.
A large number of food vendors and shopkeepers, particularly sweet sellers of the area participated in the awareness camp, which was organized under the overall supervision of Commissioner, Food Safety, in view of the holy Navratras.
Stating that food safety is closely linked with health, Dr Parvesh Kumar, Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety, instructed the vendors and shopkeepers to keep their premises and surroundings clean as ‘Practicing good hygiene and maintaining cleanliness’ are the mantras for making safe food.
Food Safety team also demonstrated steps to make street food safe. The food vendors showed tremendous enthusiasm in learning good practices of making safe food. They were asked not to use inferior and adulterated raw material for making food and always cook food in clean utensils
The team also asked the vendors not to use old newspapers and polythene for packing and selling the food items like sweets and instead use brown paper. They also asked them to keep dustbins in their premises to avoid littering of garbage and avoid throwing filthy water in front of their establishments and on path to the temple premises.
Food Safety officers Ajay Khajuria and Dileep Singh were also present on the occasion.
Preetam Singh, 43, was sentenced to rigorous imprisonment of one year along with a penalty of Rs 5,000 for selling juice made out of inferior-quality fruits in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.
Juice seller sentenced to rigorous imprisonment in MP | Photo Credit: Thinkstock
In Madhya Pradesh’s capital city of Bhopal, a juice seller was sentenced to a year-long rigorous imprisonment by a special court for using poor quality pineapple at his establishment. The court, instituted for the trial of cases pertaining to food adulteration also slapped a penalty of Rs 5,000 on the vendor and also confiscated sub-standard fruits from his shop situated near Habibganj Crossing.
The shop was known as Khalsa Juice Centre and was raided about 10 years ago by the then-food inspector Bhojraj Singh Dhakad. A charge-sheet was lodged against the accused 43-year-old juice shop owner Preetam Singh under relevant sections of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.
A news report published by the Times of India said that Prakash Kumar Uike, Judicial Magistrate First Class held Singh guilty after observing that poor quality fruit juice was being served to customers, thereby cheating them. The court further observed that the substandard-quality juice may have had an adverse impact on the health of the customers. Maintaining the same, Singh was sentenced to one year of rigorous imprisonment.
This should most definitely come as a reminder to those in the catering business and food industry to comply with guidelines laid down by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, FSSAI, especially those who disregard the health and safety of their customers and go on to deceive them by providing goods and services processed out of low-grade raw material.
Trichy: Wondering where to buy or eat clean and safe street food in the city? The general public may get a better idea in the near future if the district food safety department’s efforts to identify “clean street food hubs” in Trichy become a reality.
Officials from the food safety department said they will start identifying the zones which have 50 or more street food stalls within Trichy that serve popular local or regional cuisine and assess them based on certain benchmarks. If the street food hubs/ clusters meet 80% of the benchmarks specified, they would be declared as “clean street food hubs” and also given awards, plaque and certification. The programme to be launched this month is being taken up as part of a national campaign.
Street food is something very popular among many people, but often there is lot of scepticism or criticism regarding the quality of preparation or hygiene at the stalls and kiosks. As a result, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had earlier launched a massive campaign called “clean street food hub” programme to identify and officially certify popular street food hubs in the country. In September, FSSAI had declared a lake area called Kankaria in Ahmedabad as the country’s first clean street food hub.
Speaking on how the department would zero in on potential hubs in the city, designated officer (DO) of district food safety department, Trichy, Dr R Chitra said that they would initially focus on conducting awareness drives. Two such awareness drives – where the roadside stall owners and vendors from across the city would be invited – are to be organised at Gandhi market and Thiruverumbur this month. “During these events, it will be explained to the owners how a street food stall should be maintained, the dos and don’ts etc. We will give them time to improve their stalls,” the DO said. She added that inspections at the identified zones would be made after that and if a particular hub/ cluster was found to satisfy the prescribed benchmarks, it would be certified officially.
According to sources in the food safety department, there were about 350 to 400 registered street food shops within the city limits and close to 600 which were yet to get registered. However, sources said that absence of street food hubs in Trichy and lack of cooperation in maintaining hygiene among the stall owners could possibly prove to be obstacles for certification. “Street food hubs are found primarily in central bus stand area, Chathiram bus stand, Big Bazaar street, NSB road etc., but only the central bus stand area looks to be a potential cluster,” a source from the department told TOI. The central bus stand cluster which had around 70 street food stalls was more cooperative with the food safety department,
Navratri Alert: FSDA starts drive against adulterated food items
Meerut: To ensure that no adulterated food items are sold at shops in Meerut during the nineday long holy period of Navratri, the Food Safety and Drugs Administration has started a drive against adulterated food items here. With at least five teams in place, an eye is being kept on kuttuatta, chaulai, milk products, cooking oil and others.
“As many as five teams with four members each have been made to check at sweet shops and grocery shops to ensure that they do not sell any adulterated items. Our special focus remains on food items sold specially for fast, including kuttuatta, singharekaatta, sabudanna, namkeen, cooking oil and others,” said ArchanaDheeran, Meerut designated officer, FSDA.
As many as 14 samples have been taken in the drive so far, which started on Tuesday. While on day one, two samples were taken, it was followed by five samples and then seven on Tuesday. The samples include kuttuatta, singharekaatta, flavored milk and others.
“We are taking samples of suspected food items and sending them to the laboratory in Lucknow so that no tampering occurs. Once the report is here, we will take action on those who are found to be selling adulterated food,” said Dheeran.
KOLKATA: A Kolkata Municipal Corporation health department team conducted a two-day special drive to check quality of food at some central Kolkata restaurants, food joints at a mall and a couple of reputable star hotels located off Eastern Metropolitan. The drive that was launched on Tuesday was part of a food safety exercise before pujas.
According to sources in the KMC health department though the civic food inspectors did not find adulteration in food collected from the star hotels, three food joints at the mall located off EM Bypass were asked to upgrade their bakery products and the quality of cooked food being sold there.
The civic team on Tuesday warned owner of a restaurant on Park Street against upkeep of its kitchen. “We found the kitchen of the restaurant on Park Street to be unclean and unhygienic. We have asked the owner to upgrade the kitchen with immediate effect or else we may have to take punitive steps,” said a KMC health department official.
The KMC team of food inspectors are also readying for a drive against food stalls and sellers of soft drinks in front of city’s major puja pandals. “We will undertake a special drive against quality of food to be served from the food stalls and soft drinks in front of city’s major puja pandals. We will arrange for a speedy test of these food to be collected and take steps against adulteration in food and soft drinks,” a KMC health department official said.