Food Safety News – India updates Nov 1


15 food samples fail VMC’s tests this festive season

VADODARA:: With 15 food samples collected by Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) during the festive season failing tests, the civic body will be filing cases against the food business operators soon. The VMC had collected the samples since August this year.
The drive to collect food samples, particularly those of sweets and savouries, began in Rakshabandhan in August. The process continued till Saturday on the eve of Diwali.
The period also included Ganpati festivities when ‘modaks’ and other sweets are prepared in large quantities as an offering to the Elephant God and Dussehra when ‘fafda-jalebi’ are a must have, officials said.
Besides summer, this is the period when they have to remain alert and ensure that the quality of food items is not compromised. The officials added that so far in the city, no major adulteration cases had come to light.
The 15 samples that failed tests include 10 food items that were found unsafe largely due to use of colours in them.
Five other samples were found to be substandard quality. These include raw material and cooking medium like pepper, gram flour and cooking oils.
Vadodara Municipal Corporation’s additional health officer and designated officer for food safety, Dr Mukesh Vaidya said in case of unsafe samples, a nod will be sought from food safety commissioner in Gandhinagar to file cases in the municipal court against the erring food business operators.
In case of the substandard food items, a case can be filed with resident additional collector, who is the adjudicating authority for Vadodara district.

No ‘designated officer’ in FDA

Designated officer’s term ended about a month ago
Indore: Amid festivities, city officials of food and drug administration (FDA) department are in dilemma over official orders issued by their ‘designated officer’ – Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) as the extension of the post was ended about a month ago.
Food safety and standard authority of India (FSSAI) had given the responsibility of monitoring the work of food safety and drug officers of the state to the district CMHO.
In FSSAI notification issued in August 2012, an extension of four years was given to the CMHO as designated officer following the completion of one year.
According to sources, orders and actions taken by the department officials and the ‘designated officer’ are legally null and void. “Orders for the new designated officer or the extension of the responsibility of CMHO should be given by the commissioner of the department. The dilemma over the action will continue till clear orders are issued.”
District CMHO and incumbent designated officer Dr Shantilal Porwal said, “We have not received any orders for the post of designated officer in food and drug administration department. We are waiting for new orders and working as we were doing earlier.”
Senior food safety officer Manish Swami said they don’t worry about the extension of designated officer as the CMHO is by default the deputy director of the department.
“Problem will arise in case of any legal issue but we are sure that orders will be issued soon,” Swami said .
The food safety officers had acted against adulterated food products along with the team of district administration. They have collected samples from various famous eateries and the reports are awaited.

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