Food Safety News – India updates – Oct 26

GUJARAT

Food safety officers check food items at Vadodara

 
VADODARA: The food safety officers of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) conducted an extensive drive to check sweets and savories being sold at shops in different areas of the city. A mobile testing van of the Food and Drugs Control Administrationwas also deployed during the drive.
According to officials, the checking was conducted at shops in Khanderao Market, Jubelibaug, Warsiya andKarelibaug areas of the city. In all 38 samples were collected from shops in the area. Six establishments were given notices by the officials for not maintaining hygiene.
The officers also collected cooking oil samples from sellers of edible oil in different areas of the city. These include seven samples collected on Monday and six samples on Tuesday from different dealers.

MAHARSHTRA

Food and Drugs Administration keeps a tab on food quality

AURANGABAD: With Diwali just round the corner, the Food andDrugs Administration (FDA) has launched a special drive to check the quality of sweets at various shops in the city. The authorities have already collected around 30 samples as a precautionary step to preventadulteration.
Officials have also appealed to the citizens to make sure that they buy sweets and namkeens from only those shops where the FDA certificates on display.
Anand Pardhi, assistant joint divisional commissioner of FDA (food), Aurangabad, said, “The food safety officers are already on the job of collecting samples of sweets, which would be sent to the FDA laboratory in Pune and Aurangabad for analysis.”
He said in a bid to keep tabs on the sale of adulterated food items, especially during the festival season, FDA officials conducted surprise checks at around 10 sweet shops in the city. “We inspected nearly 10 sweet shops and collected 12 samples of different sweets, five types of oil samples, 9 milk samples and other items such as sugar, sauce, asafoetida and varai,” he said.
One of the things which the food safety officers look into sweets is the colour. There are permitted colours, which are used in items like biscuits, ice cream and some sweets, and although not injurious to health, they are prevented from being used beyond certain limit, said Pardhi pointing out that the use of non-permitted colours is considered as food adulteration.
PUNJAB

FIR registered against two shopkeepers who snatched food samples from FSDA team

Meerut: Two shopkeepers were booked on Tuesday after a team from Food Safety and Drugs Administration (FSDA) alleged that the men tried to snatch the food samples that the team had taken for checking adulteration.
Speaking to TOI, JP Singh, chief food safety officer, said, “When a team of officials from FSDA went to Kankerkhera, the properietor of Goyal Sweets, Virendra Kumar Goyal, and the owner of Trimurti Sweets identified as Neeraj, snatched the samples the officials had taken in for checking and sampling. An FIRhas been filed against them at Kankerkhera police station for interfering in government work.”
To check adulteration during the festive season, the FSDA authorities have been conducting raids and taking samples from various shops in the region. The authorities collected several sampels from various shops on Tuesday. The samples taken included one sample each of gulaab jamun from New Amit Sweets Corner (Rithani), bundi guldana from Babbu Sweets (Rithani), boondi laddu from Raju Mishthan Bhandaar (Rithani), barfi from Gupta Sweets (Gagol Road), barfi from Subhash Goyal a local vendor on Gagol road, boondi laddu from Kripaal Sweets (Maliyana) and cham-cham from Golden Sweets and Bakers (Maliyana).


UTTAR PRADESH

Street food vendors of Kashi getting a new look

VARANASI: It is pleasant to see a properly dressed street food vendor serving food to people in hygienic condition on the roadside. A transformation in street food vending is in process in the city after 100 local street food vendors were trained under ‘Clean Street Food’ project in the first phase. The Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship (Independent Charge) Rajiv Pratap Rudy also tested Banarasi street food recently during his visit to the city.
“We were trained to maintain proper hygiene and cleanliness while making and serving food to customers. The result is encouraging, the number of customers is increasing at my food stall,” said a street food vendor Shashi Gupta, who sales chaat in Englishiya Line area. He also received a new ‘thela’ (cart) and ‘Recognition of Prior Learning’ (RIL) certificate under Skill India programme at the ‘Kaushal Mahotsava 2016’ (skill festival) organised at the cultural complex, Chowkaghat on October 21.
Besides him, 19 other food vendors had also taken part in the festival that was attended by Rudy. “We offered him Banarasi chaat,” said Gupta. Cash awards of Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 5000 were also given to a fruit vendor Paras Sonkar, and a Paanwalah (betel seller) Ravi respectively at the function. He said that 100 street food vendors were given training under the clean street food project.
In order to express their joy for being a part of Skill India programme, they under the banner of Feri Patri Thela Vhavasayi Samiti took out a procession on Tuesday. They also distributed sweets among themselves. “We are happy that the street food vendors have been included in Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) under which the vendors were trained at different food processing training centres,” said the secretary of the organization Pramod Kumar Nigam. According to him, there are around 5000 street food vendors in Varanasi. The training programme will be held on regular basis at four or five centres.
To rediscover country’s rich tradition of street food the ‘Clean Street Food’ project was launched in March in New Delhi with an aim to raise the safety standards of foods sold on streets by training 20,000 roadside vendors in national capital on aspects of health and hygiene, in the first phase. As a part of the project the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) partners with the ministry of skill development & entrepreneurship to train street food vendors.
According to a report of FSSAI, there has been no census of street food vendors in the country. The union ministry of urban poverty alleviation has estimated that there are about 100 lakh street vendors in the country. About 20% of them (20 lakh) are expected to be street food vendors. The project aims to provide universal coverage of all estimated street food vendors in the country. In Phase I two lakh street food vendors in identified areas would be taken. These would include all metropolitan and major cities in the country, places of pilgrimage and tourist attraction. TheNational Skill Development Corporation, ministry of skill development & entrepreneurship is the training provider under the project, while the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) has been engaged in mobilization of street vendors.
Latest CommentFood on the street is mostly better than others. We can see what and how in front of our eyes. However the presentation always lacked and with this initiative this issue will be resolved. Next the ha… Read MoreRajesh Kumar Agarwal
Street food often reflects traditional local cultures and exists in an endless variety. The present condition in which most of the street food vendors cook and sale are unsuitable .The place is not clean, well lit and far from source of contamination. Most of the street food vendors do not practice hygienic method of covering food and water. Food is exposed to flies, birds, rodents, which may cause food borne pathogens. Street food vendors also lack proper food handling and waste disposal training.
Under the clean street food project the vendors are given safety tips like maintaining personal hygiene, use of safe drinking water, protection of food from pests and dust, use clean utensils, proper disposal of waste, and keeping place clean.
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