Milk adulteration’s going unchecked

Chamber seeks clarity over milk adulteration issue

The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, has requested the Government of Tamil Nadu to take steps to end the controversy on adulteration of milk. Its president Vanitha Mohan said it is an issue that has put the milk industry and the farmers in a fix.
Stating that adulteration of milk with water has been going on for ages, she expressed concern over recent videos of adulteration of milk with dangerous materials such as blotting paper and detergents that are being circulated in the social media. This is causing anxiety among public, she said. 
At this juncture, she said, that the Minister for Dairy Development KT Rajenthra Bhalaji’s statement on adulteration of milk in Tamil Nadu, challenges the statement by the milk industry and data released by the minister have increased the apprehensions in the minds of the people. She added that it is high time that the Government of Tamil Nadu cleared the air. 
With Tamil Nadu reeling under an unprecedented drought and agricultural income plummeting to an alltime low due to failure of crops, dairy farming has been the only saving grace. While milch animals have significantly helped farmers manage their cash flow these confusions have affected them badly. 
Vanitha Mohan pointed out that the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, gives enough powers to the State Government to set standards for various varieties of milk and also has the machinery to enforce these standards.

Cooked rice turns red overnight, sample collected for testing


The rice I am eating from last few days is kind of different, it seemed to be a mix of plastic. Today when I decided to check it has the smell of burning plastic. And I also made the rice ball and it was behaving like a plastic ball..I shared the video too. I really dont want to eat plastics but I am not sure where to complain and how to complain. But I am very disappointed with the inhumanity indians have and how can someone give us plastic to eat .
I hope through this portal my message will be forward to the right place and strict actions will be taken in this matter.

As posted by Akan Kisha on Indian Consumer Complaints Forum on July 2nd.

PESPRO Comments :

File a complaint with your District Designated Officer (Food Safety) along with the samples for testing.

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Plastic Rice update – 15-06-2017

பிளாஸ்டிக் அரிசி விவகாரம்: 13 இடங்களில் அரிசி மாதிரி எடுத்து சோதனை

விருதுநகர் மாவட்டத்தில் 13 இடங்களில் அரிசி எடுத்து சோதனைக்கு அனுப்பப்பட்டுள்ளது.
விழிப்புணர்வு கூட்டம்
ராஜபாளையம் அருகே தளவாய்புரம், செட்டியார்பட்டி உள்ளிட்ட பகுதிகளில் 50–க்கும் மேற்பட்ட அரிசி அரவை ஆலைகள் இயங்கி வருகின்றன. ஆலைகளுக்கு முறையான அனுமதி பெற வேண்டியதன் அவசியம், சுகாதாரமான முறையில் அரிசியை தயார்படுத்தும் முறைகள் குறித்து விளக்கிட உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் மருந்து நிர்வாகத்துறை சார்பில் விழிப்புணர்வு கூட்டம் நடைபெற்றது.
செட்டியார்பட்டியில் உள்ள அரிசி ஆலை திருமண மண்டபத்தில் நடந்த கூட்டத்துக்கு அரிசி ஆலை உற்பத்தியாளர் சங்க தலைவர் ஆனந்தன் தலைமை தாங்கினார். செயலாளர் ராமர், பொருளாளர் மாரிமுத்து ஆகியோர் முன்னிலை வகித்தனர். கூட்டத்தில் உணவு பாதுகாப்பு பிரிவின் மாவட்ட நியமன அலுவலர் அனுராதா விளக்கவுரை ஆற்றினார். அவர், உணவு பாதுகாப்பு மற்றும் தரங்கள் சட்டத்தின் கீழ் உணவு உற்பத்தி செய்பவர்கள் மற்றும் அரிசியை உண்பதற்கான பக்குவத்திற்கு தயார் செய்யும் ஆலைகள் உரிமம் பெற வேண்டியதன் கட்டாயம் குறித்து விளக்கினார்.
அரிசியை தயார்படுத்தும் இடங்களை பராமரிக்கும் முறைகள் பற்றியும், தோல் மற்றும் தொற்று வியாதிகள் உடையவர்களை வேலைக்கு நியமிப்பதை தவிர்க்க வேண்டும் எனவும் கூறினார். எந்திரங்களை பராமரிக்கும் விதம் குறித்தும், அரிசியை சுத்தப்படுத்த நச்சுத் தன்மையுடைய கொள்கலன்களை உபயோகிப்பதை தவிர்கக வேண்டும் எனவும் கூறினார். உணவு பாதுகாப்பு அதிகாரிகள் கருப்பையா, சக்திகணேஷ், மாரிமுத்து ஆகியோரும் கூட்டத்தில் பங்கேற்றனர்.
இதைதொடர்ந்து உணவு பாதுகாப்பு பிரிவின் மாவட்ட நியமனஅலுவலர் அனுராதா நிருபர்களுக்கு பேட்டியளித்தபோது கூறியதாவது:–
பிளாஸ்டிக் அரிசி தொடர்பாக விருதுநகர் மாவட்டம் முழுவதும் சில்லரை மற்றும் மொத்த வியாபார இடங்களில் 100–க்கும் மேற்பட்ட இடங்களில் ஆய்வு மேற்கொண்டு, 13 இடங்களில் மாதிரிகள் சேகரிக்கப்பட்டுள்ளது. மாதிரிகள் உணவு பகுப்பாய்வு கூடத்திற்கு அனுப்பப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஆய்வு அறிக்கையின் அடிப்படையில் அடுத்த கட்ட நடவடிக்கை எடுக்கப்படும். இவ்வாறு அவர் கூறினார்.

Delhi’s food safety department negates rumours of plastic rice

Rumours about plastic rice have been making rounds and spreading like wildfire over the past few days. It all started when customer complained that plastic rice was used to prepare biryani in Hyderabad
Flooded with queries from citizens about ‘plastic rice’ being sold in markets, the Delhi government’s food safety department has negated such rumours after conducting random checks.
“We had collected at least 27 samples – 20 raw samples from the markets and seven cooked rice samples from various hotels and restaurants – from across the city. None proved to be plastic rice. It is fake news,” Mrinalini Darswal commissioner of the state food safety department told HT.
Rumours about plastic rice have been making rounds and spreading like wildfire over the past few days. It all started when customer complained that plastic rice was used to prepare biryani in Hyderabad.
The news not only grabbed media headlines but also became viral on social media as wheat and paddy forms the staple diet of Indians.
“We have been receiving calls from wary customers across Delhi. Such rumours were also spreading across the social media. Earlier this month we received a grievance letter from a person. It was then we decided to go for a random check,” said a food safety officer of the department.
The samples were checked in the food laboratory of the department of food safety. All the samples complied with the specification under regulation no of the Food Products Standards and Food Additives Regulation Act 2011 which defines the standards of rice in India.
“Only four samples were found to be misbranded due to labelling violations and one sample of cooked rice was found to be unsafe as it contained some bacteria,” said Darswal.
Environment right activist Vikrant Tongad who had shot the grievance letter to the food safety department said the panic about plastic rice being imported from China and flooding the markets were making rounds in social media.
“It was unlikely that plastic rice would be imported to India as it costs much more than normal paddy. Secondly India produces enough paddy and doesn’t need to import rice from China. But as news of plastic rice were also surfacing from other countries I decided to inform the food safety department,” said Tongad.
Sources said that the concept of plastic rice first surfaced around seven years back in China. It was popularly known as the Wuchang Rice Scandal. It was said to be made out of sweet potatoes and synthetic resin moulded into the shape of real rice. In 2016 Nigerian authorities claimed to have seized around 2.5 tons of plastic rice.

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TN : Plastic Rice updates – 13-06-2017

Checks in rice mills

Amidst persistent rumours over ‘plastic rice,’ especially in the social media, officials of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India have been conducting checks in rice mills and at the premises of retail and wholesale rice dealers across the district. All the 18 Food Safety Officers in the district were involved in the checks to physically verify the rice stocks at the mills and shops. “We are conducting physical checks as per instructions from our higher authorities over the past few days. However, so far no such rice made of any artificial substance has been detected,” a Food Safety Officer told The Hindu. The checks are essentially seen as a move to allay fears of the public.
Five Food Safety Officers in Tiruchi Corporation limits and one each in the three municipalities and those in the block level were engaged in conducting the checks. He indicated that the checks would continue and complaints, if any, would be attended.
Food safety officials check for ‘plastic rice

Coimbatore: Food safety department has taken 19 samples of rice over the past two days to check for the presence of “plastic rice“, besides issuing a public advisory on how to detect the same.
The move comes after photos and messages about the prevalence of “plastic rice” have gone viral on WhatsApp.
The food safety department has inspected around 200 shops across the district since Friday, taking samples of rice sold loose and also in packets and sacks. “We have not so far found any dangerous adulterant. The only non-rice particle found was stones, which is common,” said the district food safety officer, Dr Vijay.
The official said they have checked for the presence of plastic, synthetic and semi-synthetic adulterants.
The food safety department has, however, issued an advisory to help people identify and the presence of plastic in rice. The officials have also released two helpline numbers, 0422220922/9444042322, to report the presence of “plastic rice” to them.
“If the rice floats on the surface when put in water, it can be plastic. And if boiled rice does not develop fungus even after three-four days, it means it could be plastic or other synthetic material,” said the advisory.