Food Safety Enforcement News – India updates – April -9

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KERALA

MAHARASHTRA

FDA to crack the whip on ‘artificial eggs’ retailers

BHOPAL: After samples of milk were found adulterated with water, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is set to crack down on egg retailers. The crackdown is expected to come any time in the wake of a complaint by Betul resident after he found suspicious plastic material in his egg.
According to MP FDA officials, samples from suspected chemical-laced artificial eggs were sent for chemical testing. A full report is expected this month. “It is illegal to sell artificial eggs. The supply was from a Hyderabad-based company. It is suspected that excessive production led to their foray in Madhya Pradesh market,” said an FDA official.
FDA officials admit they are unaware of the process and have turned to internet and YouTube channels to verify the process. One official said he found a process in which fake egg white is made by mixing sodium alginate to warm water and then adding gelatin and alum. Later, the video demonstrated to add benzoic acid to the end product. Benzoic acid is a preservative.
For the moment, FDA officials are in the dark about such eggs in the market. Reports of such eggs being marketed have been traced to South India and some parts in Delhi. “These eggs are being sold Rs 20 to Rs 30 cheaper than normal eggs. We are advising people to report any instance of this nature,” he said.
FDA is also likely to crackdown on use of excessive chemicals in vegetables. In 2015, the FDA came down hard on vegetable producers near Arera Colony for using sewage water for cultivation. Traces of highly toxic chemicals were found.
On Friday, FDA carried out milk sampling surveillance in Bairagarh sector. Around 20% of the samples were found adulterated with water. It came after Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), an autonomous body established under the ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) provided inspector with milk scanning devices. The devices sent to all FDA units across the country trace adulteration and level of fat in milk.

TAMILNADU

UTTAR PRADESH

After Haridwar, now crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses in Doon

DEHRADUN: A few days after a crackdown on illegal slaughterhouses and abattoirs in and around Haridwar, teams of the food safety department raided a few slaughterhouses located at Innamullah building near railway station and Muslim colony in Kargi early Saturday morning.
Department sources said buffalo carcasses and meat were seized during raids, following which notices were issued to seven people, while all unlicensed abattoirs had been sealed.
Sources said there are over 50 illegal abattoirs in the district, of which majority are running in the outskirts of cities such as Sahaspur, Vikasnagar and Doiwala, while major part of meat is brought on bikes from Saharanpur.
Raids were carried out by several teams comprised officials of the city administration, food safety department and police, and the accused were booked under two separate cases — illegal slaughtering of bovines and violation of environmental norms.
Notices have been served on four people from Innamullah building — Abdul Salam, Naushad, Mohammad Shahzad and Irfan Kureshi; two from Muslim colony in Kargi — Mohammad Gulfam Ahmad and Mustakim; and one from Chukhu mohalla — Vikas Sonkar.
The notice provide them three days to present documents before the food safety officer, failing which the department will register a case against them on Tuesday under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.
According to officials, who conducted raids, they found bovines being slaughtered, and blood flowing into drains in gross violation to the environmental norms.
Divulging details of raids, officer designate, the Food Safety and Standards Authority, Anoj Thapliyal said, “Owners of these so-called slaughterhouse neither had licence from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) nor were they following correct waste disposal method as has been set by FSSAI. The condition is extremely dangerous, polluting and life-threatening.”
UTTARKHAND

‘Illegal’ slaughterhouses raided in Uttarakhand, notices sent to seven people

The accused were booked under two separate cases — illegal slaughtering of bovines and violation of environmental norms — and asked to reply in three days
After Uttar Pradesh, it is the Uttarakhand government’s turn to crack down on illegal slaughterhouses operating across the state.
Government teams raided three places with “unlicensed abattoirs” in Dehradun on Saturday morning, issuing notices to seven people. According to sources, bovines were being slaughtered under unhygienic conditions even as the operation was in progress.
The team – comprising officials from the police, municipal, district administration and food safety departments – started by raiding Inamullah Building, located in a Muslim-dominated area in the heart of Dehradun, at 4 am. They reportedly witnessed bovines being slaughtered, and blood flowing into drains in gross violation of environmental norms.
“The accused neither had valid licences nor adequate arrangements for proper disposal of waste. The conditions were extremely dangerous, polluting and life-threatening,” Anoj Kumar Thapliyal, designated officer of the Food Safety and Standards Authority in Dehradun, told Hindustan Times.
The team also raided slaughterhouses at Kargi Chowk and Chukhuwala, and returned with similar reports. In all, four people from Inamullah Building (Abdul Salam, Naushad, Mohammad Shahzad and Irfan Kureshi), two from Muslim Colony in Kargi (Mohammad Gulfam Ahmad and Mustakim), and one from Chukhuwala (Vikas Sonkar) were served notices.
They were booked under two separate cases of illegal slaughtering of bovines and violation of environmental norms. The first offence, to be decided in the chief judicial magistrate’s court, will entail six months’ imprisonment and a penalty of up to Rs 50,000. The second, which will be judged in the additional district magistrate’s court, is punishable with a penalty of up to Rs 2 lakh.
The traders were given three days to submit their responses to food safety officers. All the cases have been booked under the Food Safety and Standards Act-2006.
Superintendent of police (city) Ajay Singh said this was just the start. “Similar raids will happen in the coming days. We won’t allow any illegal slaughterhouse to exist,” he added.
Sources say there are over 50 illegal abattoirs in the district, spread across suburban areas such as Sahaspur, Vikasnagar, Premnagar, Doiwala and Chakrata.
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