Food Safety ENforcement News – India updates – August 13 – 2017

GENERAL

No incidence of sale of plastic rice & sugar has been found so far: Centre

 
Government today said no incidence of sale of plastic rice and sugar has been found so far.
In a written reply in Rajya Sabha, Health and Family Welfare Minister Jagat Prakash Nadda said food safety departments of many States and Union territories took cognizance of the issue, which is being circulated in the social media.
He said Food Safety and Standards Authority of India lifted the samples of rice and sugar and inspected the premises of food business operators but found nothing.
GUJARAT

SMC takes food samples, but no trace of results

SURAT: The Surat Municipal Corporation‘s (SMC) health and hospital department seems to wakes up late in matter of public health.
Despite of the fact that Surat residents would gorge on farsan (snacks) and sweets in huge quantity during Rakshabandhan festival, the food department fanned out in the city to take samples of the farsan and sweet items from the shops on August 5 i.e Saturday.
As per the list provided by the department, about 103 shops were raided in different municipal zones and samples of various farsan and sweet items were collected from the shops. The samples were sent to the public health laboratory of the SMC on the same day.
Interestingly, the civic body was closed for two days, that is, August 6 and August 7 for Rakshabandhan. The laboratory results are yet to arrive and that Surtis already gorged on farsan and sweets in the last two days. Apart from the lesser known farsan and sweet shops, some of the popular shops in Adajan, Athwalines, Varachha, Udhana, Katargam, Rander and Lal Gate were also checked by the food department officials. The food inspectors had taken the samples of ganthia, kaju katli, barfi, penda, farsan items etc.
Around 14kg of stale food items, including chutney, potatoes, water and other items, were destroyed on the spot.
A food inspector on condition of anonymity said, “The samples of farsan and sweet items have been collected and sent for laboratory testing. The laboratory results will be out after 14 days. However, about 12 samples of food items were checked on the spot and that they were found up-to-the-mark.”

MANIPUR 

Unhealthy food products, tobacco items disposed

Thoubal, August 08 2017: A huge quantity of unhealthy and expired food products, tobacco items along with eatables which were sold against the regulation of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and imported from Myanmar which were seized from different areas of the State were disposed today .
Officials of Food Safety Administration, Thoubal disposed the items worth Rs 51,441 at the garbage area of Thoubal Municipal Council, Thoubal Khunou .
Speaking to the media, Chairperson of Thoubal Municipal Council Th Shyamo stated that several items were seized between May 25- June 24 by a team of Thoubal Municipal Council members and district police and was later handed to Food Safety, Thoubal .
The disposed items also included expired eatables and tobacco items which were seized by different organisations and police including DESAM Thoubal District Committee, Yairipok police, Khongjom police and Thoubal police along with Food Safety, Thoubal .
He lauded the police teams and organisations for assisting in making the drive successful and sought cooperation and support from the people while conducting the food and tobacco drive .
Designated officer of Food Safety Administration, Thoubal N Debendro, Food Safety officers, Thoubal namely S Surendra, Md Altaff Hussain and A Brojendro, SDC, Thoubal Subinson Sapam, OC of Thoubal, Khongjom and Yairipok witnessed the disposal.
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