Food Safety News – India updates – Sept 21

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FSS Amendment Regulations, 2016, related to food additives to come into force on or after July 1, 2017

 
FSS Amendment Regulations, 2016, related to food additives to come into force on or after July 1, 2017
New Delhi, Sep 20 (KNN) The Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Seventh Amendment Regulations, 2016, will come into force on or after July 1, 2017, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said.
The amendment is related to harmonization of horizontal standards for food additive for use in certain food categories.
Making amendments in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Regulations, 2011, FSSAI said, “These regulations may be called the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) Seventh Amendment Regulations, 2016.”
It said they shall come into force on the date of their publication in the Official Gazette and compliance with provision of these regulations on or after July 1, 2017.
Certain amendments have been made in the Food Safety and Standards (Food Products Standards and Food Additives) regulations, 2011, in Chapter 3 relating to Substances Added to Food.
Some regulations related to Food Additives that have been substituted includes – The conditions under which food additives may be used in foods, whether or not they have previously been permitted by the Food Safety and Standards (Food Standards and Food Additives) regulations, 2011.
Changes have been made in food categories or individual food items in which the use of food additives is not allowed, or where use should be restricted, are defined by these Regulations.
Further amendments have been made in – Acceptable Daily Intake; Maximum Use Level of an additive; Justification for the use of Food Additives etc
 

Tests show tainted packaged water

 
PUNE: Vimannagar resident and activist Qaneez Sukhrani has alleged that her family and she have been affected by coliform contamination through packaged drinking water marketed by reputed brands.
Upon her request, the state Food and Drug Administration(FDA) is investigating the matter.
Sukhrani, the convener of Vimannagar Citizens Forum, said she had sent two bottles of drinking water – one bottle packaged by a multinational soft drink maker, and the other by an Indian company – to the state health services laboratory, after she noticed multiple members of her family falling ill.
“I felt something was wrong with the water. We drink only packaged drinking water as the common perception is that the water supplied by the civic authorities is not clean. So I sent the two samples to the State Public Health Services (SPHS) laboratory in Pune for tests in July,” Sukhrani said. She added that she sent the samples to state-run labs for “authenticity”.
The SPHS laboratory provided the test reports on July 26 after running them through a microbiological and a chemical test. While the chemical test gave the samples a clean bill of health, the biological report showed that in both the samples, coliform contamination was present at more than 16 units per 100ml of water, rendering the sample non-potable by medical standards.
Medical experts say that coliform ingestion by humans often causes gastroenteric infections and related diseases, normally preceded by vomiting, nausea, or stomach cramps.
Sukhrani added that she had approached the state Food and Drug Administration(FDA) for a more detailed investigation into the safety of packaged drinking water, saying that the larger public must be informed about the safety of the packaged water.
“The state government should take steps to shut down plants and companies that blatantly violate health and safety guidelines regarding drinking water, and ensure that they don’t operate under names of other companies, so that unsuspecting people do not fall sick due to their products,” she remarked.
The state FDA, which is investigating the issue, explained that they have concurred with the SPHS laboratory’s findings after conducting their own tests of the samples provided.
“There is substantial coliform contamination which has been found in both the samples in the microbiological testing,” said a senior FDA official.
As for further investigations, FDA officials say that the probe will proceed to the companies involved and may result in prosecution.”We have now taken the investigation to the companies and independent samples have been collected from them. If our investigations reveals any negligence on the part of the companies, we will go forward with prosecution,” said assistant commissioner of the FDA SP Shinde.
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காலாவதியான குளிர்பான பாட்டில் பறிமுதல்
திருவண்ணாமலையில் அதிகாரிகள் நடத்திய சோதனையில், 60 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் மதிப்பிலான காலாவதியான குளிர்பான பாட்டில்கள் பறிமுதல் செய்யப்பட்டன.
திருவண்ணாமைலையில் உள்ள கடைகளில் அதிக அளவில் காலாவதியான குளிர்பானங்கள் விற்பனை செய்யப்படுவதாக, கலெக்டர் பிரசாந்த் எம்.வடநேரேவுக்கு புகார் வந்தது. அவரது உத்தரவின் படி, உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அலுவலர் ராஜா மற்றும் அதிகாரிகள், திருவண்ணாமலையில் உள்ள கடைகளுக்கு குளிர்பானம் சப்ளை செய்யும், காந்தி நகர் பைபாஸ் சாலையில் உள்ள தனியார் குளிர்பான குடோனில் திடீர் ஆய்வு செய்தனர். அங்கு பல்வேறு முன்னணி நிறுவனங்களின், 60 ஆயிரம் ரூபாய் மதிப்பிலான காலாவதியான குளிர்பான பாட்டில்கள் இருப்பது, தெரியவந்தது. இதில் சில பாட்டில்களை கைப்பற்றி, ஆய்வுக்காக சென்னை கிண்டியில் உள்ள உணவு பகுப்பாய்வு மையத்திற்கு அதிகாரிகள் அனுப்பி வைத்தனர். மீதமுள்ள காலாவதியான குளிர்பான பாட்டில்களை பறிமுதல் செய்து அங்குள்ள ஒரு அறையில் வைத்து பூட்டினர்.

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