Food Safety News – India updates – Feb – 27


Huge contraband tobacco products seized by FSO team

Under the supervision of Deputy Commissioner, (SA)/Commissioner Food Safety, the officials of food safety conducted surprise raids at various places in South Andaman District and recovered huge amount of contraband tobacco products from shopkeepers as well as general public.
At Garacharama village a surprise raid was conducted at the food premises of M/s M.K. Eazzy Shoppe and recovered contraband tobacco products and the accused has been booked under the relevant section of the Food Safety and Standards Act’2006. As per information received from Central Crime Station, Port Blair a suspected unclaimed parcel was recovered from the Head Post Office, which was opened in the presence of Post Master and police personnel and recovered 56 pouches of Bhagwan 69(40gm) zarda wrapped inside sarees which was shipped from Surat, Gujarat to Bambooflat. Later, the same was seized under relevant sections of the Act. In another incident, four unclaimed suspected parcels from DTDC Express Ltd, Port Blair were opened in presence of the company staff and police personnel and seized 1.4 kg tobacco leaf, 09 pouches of Ratna brand No.69 zarda(50 gm each), 41 pouches of Ratna Brand No.64 zarda(50 gm each), 57 pouches Ratna Brand No.150 zarda(50 gm each) recovered and seized. Similarly, Police Station, Chatham recovered 7 Kgs of contraband tobacco products and 22 pouches of Nevla Brand Tobacco, 02 zarda tins and 500 gms tobacco products from four passengers arrived from mainland based ship at Haddo Wharf. All the items were seized and legal proceedings have been initiated against the offenders under Food Safety and Standards Act’2006.
Further, the general public as well as business communities are requested not to involve in trade of contraband tobacco products and if any information is available with them may be communicated to the Commissioner Food Safety, A&N Islands. On phone No. 9434280018 and 03192-238881


VMC food safety officers checking in Vadodara

Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan (VMSS) designated officer and additional health officer conducted strict checking in different areas of Vadodara city in three days in the last week. The teams took samples of various food products used extensively in view of peoples health.
The health department formed different teams of food safety officers and checked the quality of the extensively used food items. They took the samples of butter, cheese, ghee, vanaspati, fat spread and other products and send them to the food laboratory for checking.
On 20th February the food safety officers team took samples of butter and ghee from the Khanderao market area, Madan Zampa road, Bakrawadi, Chowkhandi, Kevdabaug and Baranpura areas. 
The team collect samples of fat spread and pizza cheese pack from Khanderao market, loose ghee from Bakrawadi, loose vanaspati from Baranpura naka, loose butter from Kevdabaug, loose ghee from Baranpura and loose vanaspati from Chowkhandi.
On 22nd February the team took samples of cheese, ice cream and cottonseed oil from Manjalpur, Raopura, Dairy Den circle, Fatehgunj areas. 
On 23rd they took samples of cheese, table margarine, fat spread, pasteurised butter, butter from airport, Waghodia road, Kala Darshan, Raopura, Baroda Dairy and Genda circle areas.
In total the team took 18 samples of cheese, table Margarine, fat spread, pasteurised butter, butter, ghee, vanaspati, cottonseed oil and send them to the public health laboratory at Fatehgunj for checking. The teams also issued instructions to to the food business operators for maintain hygiene under food safety standard act 2006.

Food Business Operators in Peren District notified

Peren, : In pursuance of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 (Licensing and Registration of Food Business) Regulations, 2011, the CMO & Designated Officer, Peren Ngangshimeren has directed all Food Business Operators in Peren District to obtain License or register their Food Business under the Act from the office of the CMO Peren for the period 2017-2019 on or before April 30.
The Food Business includes food manufacturers, millers, grinders, whole sellers, retailers, godwons, warehouse, cold storage, distributer, transporters, stockers, agencies, departmental suppliers, repackers or relabellers, pharmacies dealing with food items, good supplements, hotels, restaurants, canteens, carters, all petty food business operators etc.
Any renewal application filed beyond the period mentioned shall be accompanied by a late fee of Rs. 100 per day. Licensing and registration forms and other details can be obtained from the office of the Chief Medical Officer on all working days.

Grocer fined Rs. 15,000 for adulteration

A judicial magistrate court here has found guilty a grocer for adulteration of Bengal gram flour and sentenced him till the rising of the court.
According to the prosecution, the Food Safety Department Virudhunagar District Designated Officer, W. Salodeesan and the Sattur Municipal area Food Safety Officer, S. Narayanan, conducted a surprise inspection in Sattur on September 9, 2016.
During the inspection the officials took samples of Besan flour (bengal gram flour) and sent it to Government Food Laboratory for analysis.
It was found that the sample had an unsafe mixture of rice flour, pea flour added with Tartrazine for colour.
After the Commissioner of Food Safety gave prosecution sanction, the Food Safety Officer filed a case against the accused under the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 in the Judicial Magistrate Court.
The Magistrate, V. Geetha, also imposed a fine of Rs. 15,000 on the shopkeeper, Chandran, on Monday.

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