Down with food poisoning , on history paper she scored 72

Meerut: Aarushi Verma could hardly sit for her history exam, as she was detected with poisoning two days before the exam. For a subject she was most scared of, getting ill was the last thing that Aarushi had expected. But, her strong determination and hard work succeeded. Not only did Aarushi — a student of Meerut Public Girls’ School, West End Road — scored 72 marks in history, but also got overall 84% in her CBSE Class XII humanities result.

“Just two days before my history exam, I had gone to school with a friend to get some problems solved by my teacher. She was teaching me when I started puking. Later, I found that I was suffering from food poisoning due to something I ate a day ago. Even on the exam day, I was feeling nauseous. I completed my paper and rushed to home due to my poor health. I hardly had any expectations from my history paper,” said Verma.

History is one subject that Verma had dreaded to reappear. “I have this ‘history phobia’, just like my other friends. After the exam, I was just praying for a decent score. Though my percentage fell a little due to history marks, I am glad that it is over to never come back again,” said Verma.

 

Incidentally, Verma had even fallen ill during her pre-boards as well. “I am known in the school for falling ill before exams. But, to have fallen ill during boards was something I had least expected. Luckily, it is all gone now,” said Verma.

Food Safety Enforcement News – India this week – May -28-2017

GENERAL

ASSAM

Assam Govt to shut down stalls selling of fish, meat in the open

Guwahati :  The Assam government has decided to close all unhygienic stalls selling fish and meat openly on the footpath in Guwahati by Sunday.
As such practice has become poisonous and fatal to human life, the administration has decided to close all such unhygienic and open selling of fish and meat on the footpath in the city, a government release said here today.
The decision has been taken in an emergency meeting chaired by Additional Chief Secretary in charge of Guwahati Development M G K Bhanu here today, the release said.
Bhanu also ordered Deputy Commissioner Kamrup Metropolitan District comprising of Guwahati only, Commissioner of Police, Commissioner Guwahati Municipal Commissioner, CEO Guwahati Metropolitan Development Authority and Chief Food Safety Commissioner to work jointly as a team in this regard.
Meanwhile, in view of the Prime Ministers forthcoming visit to Guwahati on May 26 the meeting also discussed the cleaning up and beautification of Guwahati city, the release added.
 

CHANDIGARH

The health minister Brahm Mohindra has issued strict instruction to district health authorities to ensure implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Act.

Local officials have been asked to act against large food and beverages operators besides smaller food shops and street vendors against whom there have been complaints of adulteration.

Mohindra chairing the state-level review meeting of food and drug administration (FDA) officers said it was the duty of the health department to ensure that health and hygiene of people are adhered to with supply of nutritious and unadulterated food articles.

He said there would be zero tolerance on adulteration of food articles and complaints of people in this matter must be addressed within a stipulated time. He exhorted the food safety officers not to confine their activities only to raid of food shops but instead they should try to bring positive results by acting against miscreants.

J & K 

Unsafe pulses sold in Valley

FSD asks dealers to stop sale, distribution of polished pulses
Srinagar:
The Food Safety Department (FSD) Wednesday declared polished pulses sold in Kashmir as unsafe and asked dealers to stop selling them in the market.
Assistant Commissioner Food Safety, Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad Mir told Rising Kashmir that the Department has detected polishing in pulses using soapstone and oil.
The Food Analyst Kashmir found Arhar and Channa Dal samples coated with hazardous soapstone and oily substances, which have been declared unsafe as per the Food Safety & Standards Act (FSSA), 2006.
“If consumed, they can cause a potentially harmful effect on human health,” Mir said.
He said from coloured stones to hazardous Kesari dal, adulterated pulses are being openly sold in the market.
“The cheap and low-quality Kesari dal was banned by the government in 1961,” he said.
According to doctors, most of the polished Dals contain diamino-pro-pionic acid, which could lead to paralysis of the lower body and numbness in limbs and spine.
Officials said traders start mixing Kesari dal with normal variety of pulses after rise in prices of Arhar dal due to a poor harvest.
Mir said he has directed the designated Food Safety Officers in the districts to strictly enforce the order immediately.
“I have also requested the Commissioner Food Safety to issue ban orders as per the Analyst Report,” Mir said. 
KARNATAKA

Newspaper for packaging food, banned:regulations

Mangaluru : Food retailers can legally no longer pack food in newspapers as it poses serious health hazards, stated a Food Safety Officer, in Mangaluru city.
Under the guidelines issued by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, the authorities have now agreed to implement the Food and Safety and Standards Act effectively in the district, the official said. He said that use of newspapers for packing cooked food poses a risk to health and thus the ban is essential.
A press release from the Food Safety Officer said that public should not purchase any food items especially fried eatables wrapped in newspapers. Even mineral water comes under food category. The release stated that can/bottle/containers of water should have BIS standard and ISI mark. It should mandatorily have the date of manufacture and the expiry date on the bottle.
“If the public come across packaged drinking water units that fail to have ISI mark and are being sold in the market, they can bring the same to the notice of the food safety officer,” he said.
“The use of calcium carbide for artificially ripening fruits like banana, chikoo, mango, mosambi is also banned. Artificial ripening of fruits is not good for health,” food safety and quality officer Dr Rajesh said.
Consumers should verify details on standard mark, nutrition values, importers details, weight of the produce, expiry date and manufacturing date while purchasing food products.
In case of any complaints of food safety and standards, public can contact: 
Dr Rajesh B V, Designated officer, Food Safety and Quality officer, Mangaluru (9449843255, 0824-2420466); 
H P Raju, senior food safety officer, MCC limits (7019181523/ 8453441763), 
Dr Naveen Chandra Kulal, taluk medical officer/food safety officer (9845228689), 
Dr K Kala Madhu Taluk medical officer/food safety officer, Belthangady (9845967576), 
Dr Subramanya M R, taluk medical officer/food safety officer, Sullia (9449662224), 
Dr Deepa Prabhu, taluk medical officer/food safety officer, Bantwal (9845838677), 
Sumanth, food safety officer, Puttur (9449505104).

KERALA

MAHARASHTRA

NAGALAND

Health department cautions food business operators

DIMAPUR : The Nagaland State Department of Health and Family Welfare (DoHFW) issued a notice today prohibiting the sale of all forms of packed food items, beyond their ‘best before’ and ‘expiry date’ timeframe. The prohibition is in effect across the state.
The notification stated that sale of food beyond ‘best before’ and after ‘expiry date’ may be considered as unsafe food and is prohibited under sub-clause (I) and (2) of the Section 26 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and sub-clause (a) clause (2) of Section 27 of the said Act.
Offenders are liable to a penalty not exceeding Rs 25,000 under Section 50 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and punishable with imprisonment for a term of six months to seven years with fine of Rs 1,00,000 to Rs 10,00,000 under clause (I) (II) (Ill) and (IV) of Section 59 of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
The department directed all food business operators in the state to comply with this notification, and cautioned that action shall be taken against defaulters under the appropriate provisions of the said Act.
All designated officers (CMOs) and Food Safety Officers (FSOs) have also been asked to carry out inspection/checking and sampling of food establishments under their jurisdiction and take necessary action against the defaulters.
Further, the department also asked the public to inform the Chief Medical Officers/Food Safety Officers of the districts or Directorate of Health & Family Welfare (Food Safety Cell) if anyone is found selling such food items.

TAMILNADU

Vendors caught selling water from unlabelled, soiled cans in Chennai

CHENNAI: In the second time in less than a month, food safety officers on Thursday caught vendors selling water unlabelled and soiled cans at two government hospitals in Egmore here.
Based on a tip-off, food safety officers landed at the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and found a vendor selling water on the campus at Rs 8 a bottle. Another man was caught selling water on the pavement just outside the Institute of Child Health from a container that had multiple labels. Around 40 cans were seized.
Food safety officer A Chandrasekaran, who inspected the hospitals along with two other officers, said four samples were collected and sent for testing. “Last time, the vendors were just let off with a warning. This time, if the samples are found to be non-potable, the department can take action,” he said.
During questioning, the vendors said they had bought the water cans from a dealer nearby for Rs 40. The water was then sold to patients and their attendants.
On May 11, food safety officers caught the same two vendors selling water from soiled cans in the hospitals.

Quality of water sold by tanker lorry operators remains unchecked

There is no mechanism to check the quality of potable water supplied in private water tankers.
Water shortage during the harsh summer has forced many to depend on private water suppliers. However, the quality of potable water sold by tanker lorry operators remains unchecked as there is no mechanism in place for the same.
While quality of packaged drinking water is often checked by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), potable water supplied by private operators in tankers is not checked by the government agency.
‘Not a packaged product’
According to FSSAI officials, potable water supplied in private tankers does not come under their ambit. “Examining the quality of water supplied in tanker lorries does not come under FSSAI as it is not a packaged product. FSSAI examines only packaged drinking water,” said O.L.S. Vijay, designated officer, FSSAI, Coimbatore.
As of now, private water tanker operators do not require any licence or permit to supply potable water or water for other purposes. They either draw water from their own water sources like bore wells and open wells or buy water from those who have the sources.
“The water supplied can be potable or for other purposes. Even if we check water in a tanker, the operator may not admit that it is for drinking purposes. It is difficult for us to prove the same,” said a food safety official.
The corporation has no role in checking the quality, according to officials as the local body is responsible to ensure quality of water supplied by it at times when distribution through pipelines is disrupted.
Meanwhile, most of the hotels in the city which buy potable water from private suppliers, are providing filtered drinking water to customers. According to K. Kathirmathiyon of Coimbatore Consumer Cause, it is advisable for the seller to get the sample of water from the collection centre to be tested once in a while.
“This will help them to ensure their credibility and safety of water supplied to the customers,” said Mr. Kathirmathiyon.
“We spent around Rs 5,000 to purchase potable water a day. While reverse osmosis water is served in the pipeline for hand wash, purified water is given for consumption,” said an owner of one of the restaurants in the city.
According to representatives of Private Water Suppliers’ Association, there are about 5,000 tankers operate in Coimbatore.
These tankers supply water to apartments, hospitals, hotels, schools, private enterprises and houses. After regulations were brought in on drawing water from water bodies, private suppliers mainly depend on bore wells in the rural parts of the district.
 

Namma Chennai : Keeping Food Safety First at Marina. A job well done by the Food Safety Department

A team from the Food Safety department were on a mission this Friday when they set out to Marina Beach. Based on complaints,around 300 hundred food stalls in the 3 km stretch between Anna Square and Lighthouse were raided and inspected.
Ten teams of officials were mobilized for the drive and they did a top notch job of checking the stalls for adulteration, expired products, unauthorized addition of food colours and personal hygiene of food handlers.
SKIM
The sad fact of the matter is that a lot of roadside food vendors are not aware of basic food safety practices and they are just trying as hard as they can to etch out a living for themselves. Drives like this are not only for the purpose of seizing and nabbing and terrorizing the vendors. That is not the intention at all. The intention is to make sure that no rotten, out of date, unsafe food is sold to customers and also to make the vendors aware of the dangers of selling food that is not handled or stored properly.
NIP THE BUD
Officials seized 100kg of decayed fruits, 24kg of rotten fish and 7kg of expired ice-cream and biscuits. In addition, they also took away 40 litres of expired soft drinks and 31 litres of reused oil.
It is a scary prospect, but efforts such as these by R Kathiravan, designated officer, Tamil Nadu food safety and drug administration department and his team make us feel a good that issues like these are slowly being taken care of.
None of the vendors were fined this time as the officials realised that most of them did not even know of food safety practices. Even though a fine of upto Rs.25,000 can be charged under under the Food Safety and Standrads Act, 2006, the officials find it difficult to drag the vendors to courts. Most of them do not own the push carts and it is hard to trace them. The vendors from whom the food was seized were let off this time with a strict warning notice and the information that food safety offices would be issuing spot fines if the same vendor was found defaulting again. They were also advised on how best to avoid contamination of food and were informed that more raids would follow.
It is heartening to see such efforts being taken and we hope that more such efforts with the participation of officials,customers and vendors together can bring about a great change.
The Chennai Corporation has enumerated nearly 1,500 hawkers on Marina beach. For any food related complainants WhatsApp to 94440 42322.
UTTAR PRADESH
Synthetic milk racket busted in Agra
AGRA: In a major crackdown on adulterated milk, food safety and drug administration(FSDA) team conducted raidson three places in the city and seized several thousand litres of synthetic milk, along with liquid detergents and chemicals. One woman was arrested in this connection even as three FIRs against five people were registered.

Vineet Yadav, assistant commissioner, FSDA, Agra said, “The joint raid of FSDA and police was conducted at a house in Kukhreliya village under Barhan police station. A large quantity of adulterants was found while one woman was caught red-handed making synthetic milk.”

5 RO plants seized

Lucknow: Five reverse osmosis (RO) plants have been seized by the food safety and drug administration (FSDA) in this month till now for anomalies in documentation.
The fifth, in Aurangabad, was seized late Wednesday evening.
According to FSDA district officer PR Mishra, there are eight RO plants in Lucknow approved by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). The seized plants were not registered with either.
The seized RO plants supply around 5,000 litres of water to Lucknow daily. According to FSDA, the manufacturers used to supply bottles to offices and student hostels.
WEST BENGAL

Adulterated foods: Kolkata police Enforcement Branch to conduct raid

KOLKATA: Getting a tip off that adulterated foods are being served in some Kolkata restaurants, Kolkata police Enforcement Branch (EB) has decided to conduct a raid across the city. The drive will follow a similar raid in Dum Dum area last week.
Kolkata Municipal Corporation top brass said that the civic body would extend its helping hands in the forthcoming EB initiative.
“We have expertise in dealing with such cases of adulteration. We will extend our help to the EB team if need be,” said a KMC health department official.
In fact, the KMC is the nodal agency for conducting such raids in the city or assisting the EB in case the latter carries out a drive against adulteration.
In recent times, the KMC health department has raided several north and south Kolkata restaurants and took samples of food items.
Among the food items, biryani has been one item which has failed the civic body’s laboratory tests very often.
“We were surprised to find a reputed chain of restaurants selling adulterated biryani. The chemical that the restaurant used in biryani to enhance colour and taste of the popular food was not permitted under food safety rules,” a KMC food safety official said.
Besides food, packaged drinking water has been a major headache for the KMC food safety cell. “We have found several packaged drinking water brands to be fake. These brands are mainly sold in the districts but often get into our city and are sold mainly in the pan or stationery shops,’ said a KMC official.
Eatery Manager held for stale food 

KOLKATA: A manager of a restaurant in Dum Dum was arrested on Friday by the Enforcement Branch on Friday following raids where it was found that the eatery was serving stale food. The raid was jointly conducted by officers with South Dum Dum Municipality officials to check several restaurants in Nagerbazar, Dum Dum Road and Jessore Road. 

South Dum Dum Municipality ward 9 councillor Surajit Roy Chowdhury said raids were being conducted since Thursday after the civic authorities were tipped off that stale food was being served in some restaurants.

South Dum Dum Municipality chairman Pachu Gopal Roy said: “Strict action will be taken against them within seven days if the eateries do not take preventive measures. We have warned them their trade licence will be cancelled if they don’t follow the safety rules.”

 
 

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53 take ill after eating dessert at marriage party

Pune: Eating dessert at a marriage function turned out unsavoury for as many as 53 people, including 28 children, as they were all taken ill soon after its consumption in Rahatni on Sunday night.

They were rushed the hospital. “While ten members got discharged immediately, others are still under observation, though out of danger,” said Shridhar Jadhav, senior inspector of the Wakad police.

The Wakad police have arrested two caterers under section 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.

Police said that after dinner and dessert, the guests, especially children started vomiting. “They were taken to Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital and Aundh Hospital,” Jadhav said.

The affected people include 28 children, 12 men and 13 women, police said.

After investigation it was found that those who consumed dessert (kulfi) at the function were taken ill. “The ones who only had food did not suffer any poisoning,” said an officer from the Wakad police station.
Prima facie reports revealed that the caterers had purchased khoya used in the kulfi from a local distributor. “We checked with the supplier and found that he supplied the ingredient to many others too, but got no complaints from them,” the officer said.
Police have sent the kulfi samples for chemical analysis. “We are waiting for the report,” the officer said.

22 children taken ill after consuming sweets

Almora:
As many as 22 children taken ill after they reportedly consumed sweets at a marriage function at Dwarahat in Almora district on Saturday.
The children were taken to a local government hospital, and were discharged shortly after preliminary treatment.
Following the incident, the district administration registered a complaint and sealed the shop from where sweets were procured, while food safety officials collected samples of sweets for lab test.
After a marriage party arrived at Chaura village in Dwarahat, children were served snacks and sweets. Following which they showed symptoms of food poisoning, with many of them complaining of nausea.
Sub-divisional magistrate Gaurav Chatwal told TOI that patients were discharged from the hospital. “The shop has been sealed and a complaint was also filed under section 56 of the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.”
Abhay Singh, food safety officer, said, “Food samples collected from the shop have been sent for lab test in Rudrapur. The report will come in two weeks to a month. We have taken photographs of the shop as evidence to buttress our case.”
Meanwhile, inspections were carried out in other sweet shops in Dwarahat, and notices were issued to 10 sweetshops. “We have given adequate time to shops to improve their unhygienic conditions,” added Singh.
This is the second incident in less than three days from the same area. On May 18, more than 40 people were taken ill after consuming sweets and snacks. In both cases, sweets and snacks were procured from the same shop in Dwarahat area.
Asked why the administration failed to take action against the sweetshop after the first incident of food poisoning, Chatwal said, “Sweets were sent to three places for marriage functions from the same shop. We received complaints from two places, but there was no complaint from the third place.”
 

Food Safety Enforcement News – India updates

GENERAL

FSSAI, GFSP to work together on food safety in South Asia

Food regulator FSSAI today said it has joined hands with the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) to develop actions for raising investments to support food safety system in South Asia. 
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the GFSP held a high level discussion in the national capital on food safety.
The GFSP is an innovative, public-private initiative dedicated to supporting and promoting global cooperation for food safety capacity building. 
“As a part of this dialogue, nearly 100 participants came forward to indicate their intention to act in various areas including funding and investment, knowledge sharing, public/ private collaboration, and capacity building to manage and support the region’s food safety systems,” FSSAI said in a statement. 
GFSP’s CEO Lystra N Antoine said that a collaborative approach would contribute to enhance global food security. 
FSSAI Chairperson Ashish Bahuguna said the regulator wants to enhance its global outreach with a view to learn from experiences of other countries in food safety and build global trust in India’s food sector. 
“We strongly believe in co-creating a sustainable architecture for building strong food safety systems across Asia. We believe that globally there is a need for more informed and cohesive arrangement on capacity building and knowledge sharing on food safety and nutrition,” he added. 
This calls for support from public and private organisations, partners and other international bodies, Bahuguna said. 
FSSAI’s CEO Pawan Agarwal said that it has made a good progress in terms of food safety capacity building efforts through launch of FosTaC portal that necessitates to have one trained and certified food safety supervisor in Indian food businesses.
 

Chocolates put under food safety regulations

The manufacturers are also required to specify on the label that it contains vegetable fat in addition to cocoa butter. All varieties of chocolates are required to have not less than 25% of total weight. The standards prescribed in the regulations lay down the minimum percentage of cocoa solids, milk fat, milk solids and acid insoluble ash in different varieties of chocolates.
New Delhi : The Health Ministry has put all kinds of chocolates under the food safety and standards regulations, requiring all manufacturers to abide by them by January 1, 2018.
The regulations clamped on the recommendations of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, the national food regulator, were published on August inviting objections from the public.
They lay down the percentage of the ingredients, including cocoa and sugar, allowed in various kinds of chocolates.
For instance, the dark chocolate that is becoming popular from health point of view shall be required to contain not less than 35% of the cocoa solids, which includes not less than 18% of cocoa butter and not less than 14% fat free cocoa solids.
The chocolates covered under the regulations include milk chocolate, milk covering chocolate, plain chocolate, blended chocolate, white chocolate, filled chocolate, composite chocolate, couverture chocolate and praline.
In case of praline, the regulations lay down that the product shall be a single mouthful size having not less than 25% chocolate component in terms of weight and meet the criteria fixed for filled or a single or combination of chocolates.
Optional ingredients allowed in the chocolates are edible salts, spices or condiments, vitamins and minerals, permitted emulsifying and stabilising agents, and permitted sequestering and buffering agents.
The manufacturers are also required to specify on the label that it contains vegetable fat in addition to cocoa butter. All varieties of chocolates are required to have not less than 25% of total weight. The standards prescribed in the regulations lay down the minimum percentage of cocoa solids, milk fat, milk solids and acid insoluble ash in different varieties of chocolates.
GOA

1.5 tonnes of mangoes seized at Margao

 
Panaji: The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) on Friday confiscated 1.5 tonnes of artificially ripened Alphonso mangoes worth Rs 32,000 from the godown of one Habib Narangi, near the flyover bridge, at Margao.
After conducting a spot test, it was established that the plant growth regulator, Ethpon, was used to artificially ripen the mangoes. The seized stock was subsequently transported to the garbage dump at Sonsoddo, where it was destroyed.
The enforcement team also conducted inspections at 35 other premises where mangoes, papayas and bananas were being sold. The sites checked were located in the SGPDA market, near Minaxi Hotel and Cine Lata in Malbhat, and in the vicinity of the Rajagiri Victor Hospital. However, no artificial ripening activity was detected.
The team further confiscated gutka worth Rs 8,000, and foreign cigarettes worth Rs 4,000 that did not bear the mandatory pictorial warnings on their packs, from gaddas (kiosks) located in Margao.
The FDA team comprised food safety officers Abel Rodrigues and Amit Naik, assistant chemist Punalik Gawade, and support staff Pradip Parsekar, Sainath Mandrekar and Arjun Naik.

FDA wins national award for safe food project

PANJIM: The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has been honoured with the ‘Safe and Nutrition Food Ambassador’ Award by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) for its contribution and early adopter of the project ‘serve safe and nutrition food’. FDA director Salim Veljiee accepted the award at a ceremony in New Delhi on May 16.
Under the ‘Project Serve Safe Food under the Safe and Nutrition Food & Street Food’, the State FDA had trained around 1400 street food vendors in association with CSR partner, Nestle India Limited and NASVI (National Association of Street Vendors of India). Street food vendors were imparted special skill development training in the good sanitary and hygienic practices. 
“The State FDA Goa was the first State food regulatory agency across the country which had adopted the FSSAI 10 & 10 initiative program of Project Serve Safe Food,” a statement issued by FDA states. 
Veljee said the award is a great achievement for the directorate and the government which show cases the continuous efforts in ensuring safe and nutritious food to consumers
CHANDIGARH

Food Safety act be enforced with iron hand : Brahm Mohindra

Complaints against adulteration and sale of sub-standard food be addressed immediately
Storage units and kitchens of schools for mid-day meal & Aganwadis be put under surveillance
Food/Canteens in government sector would also be screened
Chandigarh, May 19, 2017: The Health Department Punjab has issued strict instruction to the district health authorities to ensure the implementation of Food Safety & Standards Act with iron hand and to act against big food and beverages operators besides the small food shops and street vendors for the complaints of adulteration.
The instructions were issued by Minister for Health and Family Welfare Punjab Mr. Brahm Mohindra while chairing the State level review meeting of the Food and Drug administration officers. He said that it is the prime duty of the health department to ensure that health and hygiene of the citizen is maintained by the supply of nutritious and unadulterated food articles. He said that zero tolerance would be maintained against adulteration of food articles and all complaints of the citizens in this regard must be addressed within stipulated time. He exhorted the food safety officers not to confine their activities only to raid food shops instead they should concentrate on bringing positive results by acting against the miscreants who are playing with life of people.
The Health Minister instructed the officers to ensure the sampling of the basic eatables consumed by the citizens such as milk and dairy products paneer, khowa, ghee, seasonal fruits like mango, banana and chikoo. He said that the adulteration is a serious issue which directly linked with health and hygiene of the citizen. He asked the officers that henceforth food /canteens in government sector should also be taken into screening.
The Minister said that by ensuring the supply of unadulterated food articles we may curb many deadly and chronic diseases like cancer, hepatitis, stomach and gastric disorders. The Minister also directed the officers to sensitize the public through IEC activities for registering their complaints against adulteration over on-line portal of the department. The Minister also directed the Principal Secretary Mrs. Anjali Bhawara to arrange a special orientation training program for the food safety officers to educate them about the modernize sampling techniques and procedures. The Minister himself wished to be present in this training program.
Mrs. Anjali Bhanwra Principal Secretary Health asked to District Food officers to ensure the submission of status reports of mobile test labs to the Dr. Amritpal Warring, Nodal Officer within three days
She instructed the food safety officers to emphasize on generating more and more awareness regarding the various provisions of Food Safety Act and rights of the citizens in this regard, by using social networking mediums, workshops, seminars and other IEC activities.
Mr. Varun Roojam Commissioner Drug and Food Administration also directed the food safety officers to act with diligence and sincerity to ensure the proper implementation the food safety Act to guarantee the hygiene and infection protection.
KERALA

Lack of infrastructure hits food safety dept.

No food safety officers for Nadapuram, Beypore, Kuttiady
Soon after a four-year-old boy died of suspected food poisoning after eating jelly candy from a bakery about a month ago, the food safety officials and the health section of the Kozhikode City Corporation raided bakeries and shops selling sweetmeats in the city.
The next day, there was a report from Vadakara about a worm being found in an evening snack. The food safety officials had to discontinue their examination in the city. Reason: The department has only one vehicle and it had to be sent to Vadakara for inspection.
According to a senior official, the functioning of the Food Safety Department in the district has been hindered by lack of infrastructure such as these and staff shortage.
“The only vehicle we have is old too. As it breaks down frequently, we are forced to depend on private or other vehicles,” the official said.
Sources in the department said that the department has offices in all Assembly constituencies. However, instead of 13 food safety officers, there are only 10. Nadapuram, Beypore, and Kuttiady constituencies do not have food safety officers.
No permanent offices
Also, there are no permanent offices in Kuttiady, Nadapuram, Beypore, Thiruvambady, and Balussery circles.
The offices for Kunnamangalam and Elathur are functioning in the district office itself.
The Perambra circle office is operating from the same premises of the Koyilandy circle office.
 
TAMILNADU
UTTARKHAND

‘Silver foil on sweets replaced with toxic aluminium’ Shivani Azad

 
Dehradun: For many of us, one of the best bits of eating sweets is perhaps the silver foil that glitters on the top of these delicacies. But food safety officials here have come up with a shocking fact. Samples collected from a distributor did not have silver quoting, which are known as vark. These were instead replaced with similar-looking aluminium foils. While vark consists of silver and is known to be anti-bacterial in nature, the aluminium foils can cause severe damage to the brain and stomach if consumed in large quantities. The reason why this practice is rampant is because one sheet of aluminium comes at a much cheaper price than silver, said officials.
The samples collected by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) were “nowhere close” to the actual silver leaves, said officials. “It was alarming for us to read the findings of the report. The samples contained absolutely no traces of silver even though the sheets were sold as silver foils by the distributor,” said an official of FSSAI, Dehradun.
The district food safety unit has issued a notice to the manufacturers who are based out of Saharanpur and has a distributor based in Darshani Gate here. According to officials, the firm supplies foils to nearly 50 shops in the city and elsewhere as well. The testing of the samples was done at a laboratory in Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar.
Meanwhile, doctors said that if consumed in certain quantities, these aluminium foils can lead to severe damage to the nervous system. “Excess consumption of aluminium can lead to depression of various types as well diseases such as Alzheimer,” said gastro surgeon Dr Vipul Kandwal, assistant professor, Doon Medical College, Dehradun.
Officials also said that this was not the first instance when aluminium foils were found in sweets here. “Eighty per cent of the so-called silver quoted sweets in the city is often layered with aluminium. The tentacles of this business have spread so far that not only sweets but items such as biryani and mangoes are at times wrapped in it,” said Brij Mohan Sharma, secretary, Society of Pollution and Environmental Conservation Scientists (SPECS), Dehradun.