Food Safety News – India updates – October -5

KARNATAKA

Ullal food samples sent for tests

 
Samples of fish curry that led to food poisoning of around around 40 persons in Ullal on Saturday have been sent to Bengaluru for testing.
As many as 40 persons from different parts of Ullal got admitted to four different private hospitals on Saturday evening after consuming fish curry and other fish dishes. While some reported of vomiting, others reported of giddiness and body pain after eating the dishes.
District Health Officer Ramakrishna Rao said that he met the victims admitted in the four hospitals.
“While some say that they purchased fish from persons who came to their area in vehicles selling parts of fish discarded from a fish meal unit in Ullal, a few said the dishes were prepared using fish they had purchased from the fishing harbour,” he said.
Dr. Rao said a team of officials of the Medical Department on Sunday collected samples of the food that led to food poisoning and sent it to Bengaluru for testing. Apart from his department, Deputy Director of Fisheries and Food Safety Officer are inquiring into the cause of food poisoning.
Dr. Rao said all the 40 victims were discharged from the hospitals on Sunday evening.

FSSAI proposes to regulate non-specified food & ingredients

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has sought comments from stakeholders within a period of 60 days on the draft Food Safety and Standards (Approval for Non-Specified Food and Food Ingredients) Regulations, 2016.
Food regulator FSSAI today issued a draft regulation for non-specified food and food ingredients and proposed prior approval for manufacturing, sale and import of such products if they are not covered under any other rules under the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006.Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has sought comments from stakeholders within a period of 60 days on the draft Food Safety and Standards (Approval for Non-Specified Food and Food Ingredients) Regulations, 2016.”
Only such article of food or food ingredients which have not been permitted to be manufactured, stored, sold, distributed or imported under any other regulation under the Act (FSS) shall require prior approval for being manufactured, stored, sold, distributed or imported under the Food Safety and Standards (Approval for Non-Specified Food and Food Ingredients) Regulations, 2016,” the draft said.
Such articles of foods and food ingredients shall include novel foods or foods containing novel ingredients not having a history of human consumption in India; food ingredients with a history of human consumption but not specified in any other regulation under the Act; new additives and processing aids; foods manufactured or processed using novel technology.
The manufacturer or importer are required to submit an application along with requisite documents and fee to the FSSAI for approval. 
“Based on the safety assessment of the food product, the Chief Executive Officer of the FSSAI, or an Officer authorized by him, may either grant approval or reject the application. 
“Where approval is granted, the FBO shall submit certificate of analysis of the product on parameters relating to chemical, nutritional, microbiological, heavy metals, pesticide residues and naturally occurring toxicants to FSSAI,” the draft said.

Supreme Court Nod To Destroying 550 Tonnes Of Maggi

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today gave its nod to Nestle India and FSSAI to destroy 550 tonnes of recalled stocks of Maggi noodles which have passed shelf life and are in the possession of the company and the food regulator.
A bench of justices Dipak Misra and U U Lalit said the stock which is stored at 39 locations of the company across India and the stock which is with Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) at Lucknow shall be destroyed as per the agreed procedures between both the parties.
Senior advocate Arvind Dattar, appearing for Nestle India, said the stock will be destroyed at the incinerators of the notified cement plants by FSSAI and representatives of food regulator can also be present.
Advocate Mehmood Pracha, appearing for FSSAI, said they are not opposed to destruction of stocks but there were some issues regarding disposal of the stock which are subject matter of SLP filed against the Bombay High Court order.
The bench granted liberty to the parties to approach court in case of any grievances and disposed of the pleas.
On September 21, Nestle India had moved court seeking its nod to destroy about 550 tonnes of recalled stock of Maggi noodles which have passed shelf life, saying their storage may lead to health hazard.
The company had said that pursuant to withdrawal announcement and ban order on June 5, 2015, Nestle India Ltd had recalled stocks of Maggi noodles and till September 1, 2015 destroyed around 38,000 tonnes of the noodles.
The firm said it had 490 tonnes of stock pending destruction and 60 tonnes were received from the market.
Hence, 550 tonnes of stock stored in 39 location across the country needed to be destroyed.
“This entire stock of approximately 550 tonnes is well past its ‘best before date’ and its storage is giving rise to conditions that may lead to health hazard at the said locations,” the plea said.
It said over 38,000 tonnes of Maggi noodles have been destroyed till September 1, 2015 at incinerators of the notified cement plants, keeping in view environmental requirements.

Fish poisoning: Food samples sent for tests; victims recuperate

 Dozens of people who were hospitalised after consuming fish curry and fry in Ullal, Deralakatte and surrounding areas of Mangaluru taluk a couple of days ago, were discharged after recuperating. 
Medical sources said that a few of the food poisoning victims who were in a critical condition on Saturday are now out of danger moved out of intensive care unit. 
Nearly 200 workers of Baraka Fish Oil Mill in Ullal and dozens of residents in surrounding areas were taken ill on Friday night after consuming two specific variety fish of perch family known among local people as Cavage and Chamberi. 
While some reported of vomiting, others reported of giddiness and body pain after eating the dishes. Around 50 of them had got admitted to four different hospitals in next 24 hours. 
Samples sent for tests
Meanwhile, samples of fish dishes that led to food poisoning have been sent to Bengaluru for testing, said District Health Officer Ramakrishna Rao, who met the victims admitted in the four hospitals. 
“While some say that they purchased fish from persons who came to their area in vehicles selling parts of fish discarded from a fish meal unit in Ullal, a few said the dishes were prepared using fish they had purchased from the fishing harbour,” he said. 
A team of officials of the Medical Department on Sunday collected samples of the food that led to food poisoning and sent it to Bengaluru for testing. Apart from our department, Deputy Director of Fisheries and Food Safety Officer are inquiring into the cause of food poisoning,” he informed. 
On the other hand Ullal police said that they have collected all the necessary details like where the fish were procured from and sold. “We have submitted the details to the concerned authorities,” said police sub inspector Shivaprakash. 
N Saleem, managing director of Baraka Overseas Trader, maintained that they are export-oriented firm and don’t sell anything locally. “We transport fish waste that includes heads, thorns and other parts to fishmeal factories after processing of fish for export. The person who transports this waste might have sold this to local people and they have fallen sick,” he said
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