Food Safety News – India updates – Oct 2nd

ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

Office of the Commissionerate of Food Safety confirms the ban on forms of chewing tobacco products from 02 October

 
Port Blair :  The Office of the Commissionerate of Food Safety has confirmed the ban on use of all forms of chewing tobacco like Gutkha, Zarda, Pan Masala, tobacco leaf of food in which tobacco and or nicotine are widely used as ingredients and also Pan Masala based sugar based confectionary products from 02 October, in a press conference held at the conference Hall of Directorate of Health Services this afternoon at 04:30pm.
Addressing the press conference, the Officiating Director of Food Safety, Dr Abhijit Roy said that as per Regulation 2.3.4 of the food safety and Standard (Prohibition & Restriction on sale) Regulation, 2011 made by the Food Safety and standards Authority of India, provide that product not to obtain any substance which may be injurious to health and tobacco and nicotine shall not be used as ingredient in any food products thus the regulation will be completely implemented in the whole AN Islands as Under Section 30 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, the Commissioner Food Safety of the State/ Union Territory is empowered to prohibit the manufacture, storage, distribution or sale of any articles of food in the whole of the State/Union Territory in the interest of public health from 02 October, 2016 as the Lt Governor took interest into it.
He added that Port Authorities also informed all the ports and Jetties in the mainland like Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi, Mumbai, Vizag to check that no import has to be done of the above mentioned banned products.
Answering to a question he said that stock of the above products are of nearly Rs 4 crores in the market and this issue will be settled by administration.
Giving a brief on Cancers in Andaman & Nicobar Islands he said that in last one year there are nearly 144 referral cases suffering due to Oral Cancer in the islands under ANISHI scheme. He said that nearly 14% of students are addicted to tobacco in the islands.
Further answering to a question the representing Commissioner cum Secretary, Dr S P Burma said that there are many nicotine chewing gum in the market that can help the addicted people, which are also not harmful.

KERALA

Surprise checks at stalls over ‘fuming’ fish curry

 
Action follows continued boiling of mackerel curry cooked at a house in Muvattupuzha; samples sent for examination
Taking serious note of an “ever boiling” fish curry, officials of the Food Safety Department conducted surprise checks at fish stalls in and around Muvattupuzha town.
Officials said the inspection, which began on Tuesday evening, went on till Wednesday morning. The samples collected from fish markets have been sent to the Regional Analytical Laboratory at Kakkanad for a detailed examination.
“Samples of the fish curry as well as its ingredients have been sent to the lab, and the first set of results is expected in two days,” said Abdul Majeed P.A, Circle Food Safety Officer, Ernakulam.
Preliminary investigations attributed the fumes emanating from the dish to the presence of a chemical substance.
“Hydrogen peroxide, ammonia, and formalin are some of the commonly used chemicals to preserve fish stocks, especially while they are transported. However, we are yet to confirm whether any of these chemicals caused this boiling phenomenon until the examination is over,” the official held.
The incident in question pertains to the continued fuming of mackerel curry, which was cooked at the house of one Salim at Paipra near Muvattupuzha.
According to reports, the dish continued to fume even after two days of making it.
The fish was purchased from a local stall at Muvattupuzha.
Traders deny charge
Incidentally, the Food Safety Department had earlier sounded alert on the possibility of fish wholesalers in neighbouring States treating fish using formalin to enhance its shelf life. The traders, however, have denied the charge, saying the stocks were being sent in airtight ice containers, which keep the fish fresh for up to a week.
Preservative
Meanwhile, sources said since the stocks were being brought from States as far as Andhra Pradesh, it was impossible to arrest decomposition without using a preservative.
Action follows continued boiling of mackerel curry cooked at a house in Muvattupuzha.
MAHARASTRA

FDA seizes gutkha from manufacturing unit

NAGPUR: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nagpur division, seized scented and flavoured gutkha from a manufacturing unit in city. This was the team’s first ever raid on a gutkha manufacturing unit at Wanjra in Parvati Nagar in the city.
The manufacturing unit was being run by the Mohammad Wajif Mohamamd Ismail. “It is for the first time that FDA conducted an operation on a manufacturing unit in the city. We seized material valued at Rs 52,500. The accused used glycerin and flavor to manufacture gutkha,” said Milind Dehspande, assistant food commissioner, who also headed the three-member raiding team.
The team also included food safety officers Abhay Deshpande, Manoj Tiwari and Pravin Umap
TAMILNADU

 

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