New Delhi : Food department teams today picked up 27 samples from midday meal kitchens, a day after an inspection was ordered by the Delhi government.
“In accordance to the government order, 27 samples were collected by food department teams from midday meal kitchens supplying to schools. The inspection and sampling will continue,” a senior government official said.
After nine students of a government school in Deoli fell ill on Thursday after consuming midday meal which allegedly had a dead rat in it, the Delhi government has directed its designated officers to visit all midday meal kitchens to check hygiene level there.
As per the order issued by the Food Safety Commissioner, all designated officers along with their Food Safety Officers have been directed to visit all midday meal kitchens and transportation facilities under their district to check hygiene and cleanliness as per the standards laid down under FSS, 2006 and Rules and Regulations 2011.
“Also, the water used for cooking be lifted and tested. All kitchens to be sampled for full testing including microbiological test,” the directive said.
Also National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accredited empanelled private labs have been directed to pick surveillance samples from the kitchen allotted and take them to their labs for testing.
Anxiety has gripped a section of consumers in Belagavi who noticed that milk packets with brand name “Nandini” marketed by the Karnataka Cooperative Milk Producers Federation Limited (KMF) were being supplied without due packaging dates since two days.
The KMF’s unit in the city, Belagavi District Cooperative Milk Producers Societies’ Union Limited, has been supplying milk packets with dates stamped on them. However, some of the consumers noticed that the packets carried no date yesterday and on Tuesday and suddenly became apprehensive of its quality, thanks to reports in social media about the manufacturing of adulterated milk using certain oils and chemical compounds.
Taking cognisance of the matter, senior officials in the district administration immediately instructed the authorities to check and take action if there was any foul-play.
J.R. Manneri, Managing Director of KMF Union, Belagavi, admitted to the lapse stating that the stamping/printing machine had developed a technical snag two days ago. Therefore, the packets did not carry the packaging dates. The dealers had been already informed about it but there seemed to be a communication gap with the consumers.
Technicians had already rushed to the unit and taken up repairs. The faults would be set right by tomorrow or Thursday and the system of stamping the packaging dates on the milk packets would be restored, he said.
He allied apprehensions of consumers by saying that there was no need to worry about the quality of Nandini milk being supplied through its dealers.
If any trader is found selling any food item on newspapers or magazines’, then fine upto Rs 2 lakh will be charged from them under the Food Security Act-2006
MOST people do not know that eating foods on printed papers, specially served on magazines or news papers are harmful scientifically. It is the reason that, State Government has issued directives to all district health authorities as Chief Medical and Health Officers (CMHOs) that they get implementation of Food Security Act -2006 under which the selling food items on newspapers or magazines’ is totally banned.
If any trader is found selling any food item on newspapers or magazines’, then fine upto Rs 2 lakh will be charged from them under the Food Security Act-2006’s Section 55. About 80 per cent food items are sold by the vendors and restaurants on news papers or magazines openly violating Food Safety Act and playing with common man’s health.
According to sources, the Foods and Drugs Administration (FDA) is trying to create awareness among the people so that they can avoid getting foods in news papers or magazines. It is not only in Madhya Pradesh, rather the State Governments are also taking such steps by issuing public notices and checking shops and vendors selling food items.
Food and Drugs Administration has made it clear that as per the Food and Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI Act) wrapping of fired foods in news papers is posing health hazard. As the news paper ink contains many hazardous chemicals that can trigger health problems. Exposure to organic chemicals and printing inks also contain additives and photo initiators which have harmful effects. It is also asked to the food safety officers to pay surprise checks on the vendors, if found food items on news papers impose heavy fine as they play with the health of people.
Joint Controller of Foods and Drugs Administration Pramod Shukla, said if any vendor or eatery owner is found selling food items on news papers, fine of Rs 2 lakh will be charged. We have issued such instructions to all Deputy Directors’ health to strictly implement Food Safety Act 2006.
Heavy penalty will be under this Act’s section -55. Besides, we are trying to create public awareness also, he said.