Food Safety Enforcement News – India this week – March – 26-2017


Food safety officials crack down on stockists in Guntur, Vijayawada

Guntur has been the hub of adulterated milk, milk powder, black gram, edible oils, turmeric and chilli powder.
The food safety officials have recently found that even biscuits and over-the-counter snacks which are bought by school-going children are being adulterated in Vijayawada. 
Vijayawada: The food products adulteration continues unabated in the capital region. Krishna and Guntur districts have become the hub of adulterated food products in the state. New adulterated food products are surfacing almost on daily basis in the two districts. Vijayawada has been the hub of adulterated ghee and milk products for years.
The food safety officials have recently found that even biscuits and over-the-counter snacks which are bought by school-going children are being adulterated in Vijayawada.
Many prefer Sunnundalu, a local snack known for its nutritional values, which are made up of black gram powder, sugar and ghee are found to be adulterated.
The food safety officials found that decayed black gram intended for cattle feed and low-grade vegetable fat (dalda) are being used in making sunnundalu. In addition, the biscuits are being prepared with the ingredients that are used to manufacture cattle food.
This vegetable fat is being brought from the stockists, where the residues of the fat left over and are not useful for consumption as it changes the colour.
According to the zonal food controller Nutalapati Purna Chandar Rao, these products are sub-standard in nature and harmful to health. He said they will cause intestinal disorders and damages the liver.
Dr K. Ravi, endocrinologist, observed that consumption of hydrogenated and unsaturated fats like dalda causes serious health problems if not immediate but in the long run. These fats affect the metabolism of the body and also leads to arterial clogs which results in strokes.
Guntur has been the hub of adulterated milk, milk powder, black gram, edible oils, turmeric and chilli powder.
Narasaraopet and Vinukonda areas have hundreds of small units that are making these adulterated products. The saying in the district was that in Narasaraopet, one can get “second grade (do number mall) products of anything and everything.
The food safety officials have busted milk dairies that are preparing milk with skimmed milk powder mixed with vegetable fat in Guntur.
They have also found dehusked black gram coated with talcum powder to get shining and oil mills preparing cooking oils with animal fats in Guntur district. Chilli powder and turmeric adulteration is rampant in the district.


Officials seize 720kg of chemically ripened mangoes

Food cell officials inspecting artificially-ripened mangoes in Ramanathapuram on Tuesday. 
Fruits worth ₹40,000 destroyed
The District Food Safety Wing of the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department has seized 720 kg of chemically ripened mangoes from a godown here on Tuesday.
A team of food safety officials, led by Dr. M. J. C. Bose, District Designated Officer, made a surprise inspection at the godown and found that the mango merchant had used calcium carbide to speed up ripening of mangos.
Dr. Bose said the merchant, who procured the mangos in the pre-ripening stage from Madurai had stocked them in the godown. The officials seized the mangoes, worth about ₹. 40,000 and destroyed them in the compost yard.
Dr. Bose said mangoes ripened with calcium carbide pose serious health hazards and consumers could easily identify chemically ripened mangoes. These mangoes would be abnormal in size and would have black spots on the skin. The skin would look fully ripened but the pulp inside would be white, he said.
Consumption of artificially-ripened fruits would cause ulcer, insomnia and lack of appetite and even cancer, he warned.
Notice served
The merchant had been served with warning notice, he added.
Natural ripening was possible if the mangoes were stored along with bananas and papaya, he added.

Crackdown on illegal abattoirs across state

Police and municipal authorities began to crack down on illegal slaughter houses across the state with raids on Tuesday on many such units in most of the districts. A couple of abattoirs were sealed. Besides, there was an extensive drive to check the licence of meat shops.
In the state capital, the Lucknow Municipal Corporation swung into action and sealed nine meat shops in Mahanagar and Aliganj. Along with possession of licences issued by LMC, the butcher shops will also be reviewed on the parameters of Pollution Act, ground water conservation guidelines and Food Safety act. As per LMC’s estimate, along with 600 licensed meat shops, there are approximately 200-250 butcher shops that are running illegally. Besides, not a single slaughterhouse in the city is authorised to function; the four the state capital had were all issued closure notices by the UPPCB between 2013 and 2015. One, which existed in the cantonment, was completely sealed by the cantonment board. The other three were in Motijheel, Aminabad and Kasaibada.

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