ANDHRA PRADESH / TELENGANA
Vijayawada: The department of legal metrology and food safety department have jointly conducted a raid on Inox Multiplex at Gandhi Nagar in the city and collected the details of the price list and quantity being sold to the customers. Every day, hundreds of movie goers purchase different types of soft drinks and packed and unpacked food items.
- Collect food samples for the lab
- Water bottle sold at excess price compared to other places
The officials noticed less quantity soft drink sold to customersThe raid was conducted on Wednesday following complaints lodged against the canteen for the selling the soft drinks and food items at an excess price. The food safety department had collected the samples of samosa to test the quality in the lab. Assistant food controller N Poornachandra Rao told The Hans India that that the raid was conducted following the complaint lodged against the canteen for selling the food items at excess price and giving less quantity to the consumers. He said some samples of unpacked food items were collected to test the quality in the lab.
Legal metrology department had noticed that less quantity of soft drinks sold to the customers even after collecting high price. Common people are worried over the exorbitant prices being collected for the food items like popcorn, samosa and other food items. The legal metrology officials said that the canteen had violated the norms and details would be produced before the District Collector for taking action for violating the norms.
Poornachandra Rao said that notices would be served on some soft drink companies why they are selling the same quantity of drinks with same packing and ingredients at different prices. For example, there is a huge variation of price for the 200 ml soft drink sold in Inox and outside the shops.
He questioned why these companies print different prices on the soft drink bottles for the same quality and quantity product. He said if the food products being sold proved to be sub-standard action will be taken as per the law.
Hostels checked for food quality
Vadodara: After a long time, the Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) food safety officers conducted extensive checking of food item at hostels and canteens of the M S University (MSU) and other institutes.
Teams of VMC officials conducted checks at the science and arts faculty canteens of the MSU in the main campus as well as the messes Sardar Patel and Vikram Sarabhai halls of residence in the hostel campus. A team also checked the mess of the new boys’ hostel of the Baroda Medical College in the Kothi area of the city.
Officials said that samples of flour, ‘khichdi’, sprouts, lentils and semolina or ‘suji’ were collected from the eateries. These will be tested at the public health laboratory of the VMC. If found substandard, action will be taken against those operating the facilities. The contractors of the eateries were asked to ensure that hygienic conditions are maintained and inferior quality material is not used for preparing food items.
IMPHAL : Food Safety and Standards Enforcement Wing under the supervision of the Directorate of Health Services, Manipur has reportedly generated Rs 64,68,033 lakh revenue in the past 7 years. However, due to lack of manpower and infrastructure, numerous tasks could not be executed efficiently.
Speaking to The Sangai Express, Dr Sarungbam Bimolakumari, Consultant, Food Safety and Standards Enforcement Wing, said that food retailers and cooperators should ensure the food items they supply to the markets for consumption are safe and healthy for people.
“Between 2012 and 2017, Food Safety and Standards Enforcement Wing collected Rs 64,68,033 lakh as license and registration fee, Rs 12,71,000 lakh as penalty and Rs 65,32,500 lakh as food analysis fee. There is one District Designated Officer, 2 to 3 Food Safety Officers and 2 to 3 Office Assistants in 9 districts of the State. There are also some districts with not even a single official,” she informed.
One Tata Sumo vehicle each is provided for Imphal East, Imphal West and Bishnupur districts. The vehicles are utilized to conduct food anti-adulteration drives in stores and hotels and other related works.
She said that as part of the State Government’s 100-day programme, drives were conducted under the supervision of the Food Safety Commissioner in various parts of the State from May 28 and June 12 in which adulterated food items and tobacco products worth Rs 29,76,850 were disposed. There are still 4 rooms filled with seized tobacco and adulterated food items. If anyone is found selling banned food items, the individual can be jailed for 6 months along with upto Rs 5 lakh fine under Food Safety and Standard Act 2006.
“For 2017, budget of just Rs 35 lakh was sanctioned for Food Safety and Enforcement Wing. We have shortage of manpower and infrastructure which has hampered the overall performance. At times, we had to spend money from own pockets to ensure our work gets done,” she said.
One shopkeeper in Kwairamband Keithel said, “Earlier, Zarda Paan per serving used to cost Rs 5 but now it costs Rs 20. Special Paan which was Rs 100 per serving now costs Rs 150-200. Tobacco which comes in round tin now costs Rs 25 and above while Talab costs Rs 15 per sachet. Availability of banned products only allow the suppliers to earn more profit. I also used to sell Paan and tobacco products. Now I sell only Kom Kwa.”
Application forms available online too
The district administration has asked food business operators to register themselves with the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department and obtain a license, failing which action will be taken against them.
District Collector M. Asia Mariam said that Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have made it mandatory under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 for them to obtain license. There are 16,897 government and private food business operators in the district of which only 8,369 had registered themselves, and just 1,441 had obtained license.
Food business operators include food manufacturers, stockiest, transporters, tea shops, bakeries, roadside eateries, meat sellers, fruit and vegetable sellers, hotels, canteens in educational institutions, marriage halls, people who sell flour, provision shops, distributors, sago manufacturers, jaggery and sugar manufacturers, oil producers and sellers, private milk storage companies, flour mills, persons involved in export and import, cold storage units, wholesale distributors, manufacturers of beverages and other food business.
Online forms are available atwww.fssai.gov.in.
Those whose license had expired should renew it.
The Collector said that of the 152 samples taken by the department from food business operators till date, 138 were found to be sub-standard.
A fine of Rs. 12.84 lakh was collected from them and cases were pending against 14 traders in court.
BAREILLY: Samples of edible oil and a namkeen collected by food safety & drugs administration (FSDA) from three different places in February were found to be substandard. Officials said that the food items have been seized and license of the accused traders would be cancelled.
Bareilly FSDA designated officer Mamta Kumari told TOI, “We had conducted raids in February across the district during the festive season of Holi. We collected over two dozen samples from various sources in the district to send them to laboratory. The reports of those samples have started coming now. On Wednesday, we got reports of samples of bran oil, palm oil and namkeen. Oil samples were collected from Rithora block, while namkeen sample from Bhabhora area. In lab reports all three samples are said to be substandard and highly injurious to health.”
The FSDA official said that in edible oil synthetic colour and acid was found, similarly in namkeen non-edible colour was mixed.
“Lab reports say that sample contain non permitted synthetic yellow colour which is highly harmful for consumption. We will file a case against the accused traders in the court of additional city magistrate. We have already sealed the premises and now their licences will be cancelled. The edible oil was produced in huge quantity nearly 2,000 to 3,000 litres per day to dispatch in the other district also. Similarly, namkeen was dispatched in the local market, especially in the rural area,” Kumari added.