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TN : Consumer alert – Pista Cookies – Labeling defects – Expiry Date not mentioned

Food Business Operator : Saravana Bakeries , Old New Bus Stand , Salem-4

Product: Pasta Cookies

Issue : No mention of expiry date in the label

Consumer complaint posted by Jagadeeswaran Pon on Dec 30 in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum with photos

It’s a famous bakery in salem bus stand. They have more number of boxed food products. Have more number of consumers, sometimes i see the food product looks old when I approach the manager he said it’s fresh. In the box it mention best before use 10 days but no where date of manufacture printed. I checked more 6 7 products date of manufacture not printed. Being food product it’s more sensitive and needs to be addressed.

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PESPRO Comments 
Please file a complaint with Salem District Designated Officer (Food Safety)

 

FSSAI relaxes labelling norms for instant noodles for another 6 months

Consumer alert – Madhuram Badam Milk – Labeling defect – Manufacturing date in advance

Food Business Operator : Madhuram (Manufacturer)

Place : Kadapa, YSR Dt. AP

Product : Badam Milk

Issue : Labeling defect – Manufacturing date printed in advance

Consumer complaint as posted by Venu Kumar Katta on Nov 19th in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum

 
Dear Sir/Madam, 
I purchased Madhuram badam milk for my 4 year son in kadapa New busstand and I got doubt by seeing the label and checked and manufacturing date is 25/11/2017, which I purchased on 18/11/2017.how they can print advance manufacturing date die to this old stock my son suffered with infection fever and I called to that company no one taking care they said printing mistake take it lite.how come this kind of products selling in the market with advance manufacturing dates.
PESPRO Comments 
Advised to file complaint with your area District Designated Officer (Food Safety) along with the sample packet .

Imports of GM edible oil sans proper labelling spark fresh controversy

With the debate over genetically-modified (GM) crops raging in recent times with regard to the commercialisation of GM mustard, questions were also raised about the quality and origin of GM mustard oil, an imported edible oil.

India, the largest importer of edible oil, has reportedly imported upto 15 million tonne of GM crops or GM crop-based edible oil.

The story of GM crops in India has always been on par with bio-safety norms, hasty approvals, labelling concerns, the lack of monitoring abilities and a general apathy towards the hazards of contamination.

Although such imports are illegal, the importers manage to import due to the lack of labelling norms for such products. Although the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, has, under Section 22, mentioned that GM products cannot be sold without its approval, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) still has to draft labelling norms for these products. 

According to a senior official with the country’s apex food regulator, work on the labelling norms is underway, and soon it would put out a draft for the same.

“And the importers usually give reasoning that the traceability of the GM protein is not in the refined oil, therefore it is as good as non-GM crop-based edible oil,” he added.

However, to get the GM mustard crop commercialised has been a tough task. If it gets approved, it will become India’s first officially-approved GM food crop. Even though the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) has given its nod, the union government has put the decision on hold.

Despite the ban on GM crops, various cases have been reported between 2005 and now wherein illegally-produced GM crops are being sold to farmers in the country, and of illegal imports, which had been brought to light by FSSAI, which demanded either a ban or a clear indication on the labels of GM crops. Based on the regulator’s submissions, the court accepted that imports of GM foods continue to be banned.

Experts working on the GM crops have supported the production of the same by throwing light on the benefit they have in boosting food production to meet the demands of the growing population. Where India is yet to finalise its labelling norms, over 60 countries, including members of the European Union (EU), China and Australia, have strict regulations regarding the labelling of products that either contain or are made from GM crops.

There has been constant debates in India and around the world about whether GM crops are safe for human consumption. A few fear biodiversity getting threatened due to the mixing of genetic material of GM crops with that of non-GM crops. Thus, in the midst of this debate, the government has been importing processed soybean and Canola oil made from GM crops. In April 2017, GEAC took a note of the void in the import scenario and held meetings with FSSAI.

The import of GM foods needs approval under laws (i e clearances from the ministry of environment, forest and climate change under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, which assess the impact of GM products on biodiversity, and the health and family welfare ministry, which endorse that  GM products are safe for human consumption under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006).

It is pertinent to note here that for years, the imports of GM crops have been taking place without the clearance from the food safety authorities.

Doctors push for salt content in labels – Revised food labels on cards

CHENNAI: In two weeks, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is planning to put out a draft of the revised food labels, which will include sodium along with other nutritional facts such as carbohydrates, fats, and sugar, FSSAI scientist Anitha Makhijani said at a conference in the city on Friday.
She expected to see smiling faces and hear an applause from senior doctors, scientists and public health experts, who were lobbying for stringent rules that force food manufacturers to reduce salt in their products. But most of them expressed discontent. “It should be salt and not sodium,” argued UK-based Dr Graham Macgregor, professor of cardiovascular medicine at the Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine. Macgregor has campaigned for regulations for low salt food in countries like the UK, Canada, and Australia.
Until now, FSSAI has said packaged foods can volunteer to display nutritional facts. A few products that list salt usually report it as sodium per 100g. Sodium in food must be multiplied by 2.4 to get the salt in it. “Britain had sodium on food labels more than two decades ago. They changed it to salt because no one knew what they were eating,” he said.
Legislations in the UK have been able to bring down average daily salt intake by citizens from 11g to 9g in the past decade. “There is a 40% reduction and most people did not know that their food has lesser salt. But we have seen a 25% reduction in health spending due to high blood pressure and its complications,” he said.
At a conference organised by the Sapiens Foundation and scientists from Indian Institute of Technology Madras, experts brainstormed strategies for action against salt with officials of FSSAI, experts from WHO and other international experts. Studies show Indians consume up to 10.98g of salt every day against the WHO recommendation of 5g. High intake of salt can increase blood pressure and cause stroke and diseases of the heart and kidney.
Makhijani said the FSSAI will consider making modifications to the rules. “As of now, declaration of nutritional facts are not mandatory. Rules will have to be amended for that,” he said. Chief nephrologist at Sapiens Foundation Dr Rajan Ravichandran said the aim is to reduce salt intake by at least 2g in the next five years. “We want all food products to list the amount of table salt, besides preservatives like sodium bicarbonate. If the product uses above the prescribed level, it should be labelled red and those below should be labelled green,” he said.
WHO deputy director Soumya Swaminathan said research on salt will help organisations like the Indian Council of Medical Research push for policies that will help the country bring down the incidence of non-communicable diseases. “It’s the need of the hour,” she said.
 

Mark dairy products with ‘ Non Veg’ – PETA to FSSAI

 
No animal cruelty: PETA members promote veganism in New Delhi. 
Animal rights organisation asks for food packaging and labelling regulations to be suitably amended
Mumbai: In a bid to make choosing packaged food easier for vegans, the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has requested the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to amend regulations to introduce the brown dot for milk and milk products. At present, vegetarian products are marked with a green dot, while non-vegetarian ones display a brown dot on their packaging.
Dr. Manilal Valliyate, CEO, PETA has written to FSSAI chief P.K. Agarwal, outlining reasons for the request. His letter said the production of dairy foods commonly involves violence, such as eventual slaughter, separating calves from their mothers, and other forms of cruelty. It said India’s beef industry exists because of the dairy industry. “Ethical vegetarians who want to refrain from supporting the beef industry and cruelty to animals are being duped, because they commonly believe that a ‘green dot’ designates products not involving animal suffering or the slaughter of cattle.”
Urging for the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations 2011 to be amended to introduce the brown dot in packaging, PETA said cattle aren’t raised solely for beef, so the dairy industry is the primary supplier of cattle to the beef industry, especially for export.
Dr. Valliyate also said since all dairy products are derived from animals, the amount of cholesterol in them is high and could lead to heart diseases. “It’s important to differentiate animal and plant-based products,” he said, adding 75% of the global population, including three out of four Indians, can’t digest dairy products properly.
It is mandatory for food manufacturers to indicate if the food item contains non-vegetarian ingredients. Some products, like carbonated water and milk, are exempt from this provision, so these markings are not required on these products.