FSSAI introducing third party food safety audit of food business operators

FSSAI is introducing Third party food safety audit of the food business operators through FSSAI Recognized Auditing Agencies in accordance with the Draft Food Safety and Standards (Food Safety Auditing) Regulations, 2017. The draft regulation covers the following sections:

  • Procedure for recognition of Auditing Agencies/ Auditors by constituting an Evaluation Committee on third party audit.
  • Procedure for Renewal/ Cancellation/Suspension of recognition
  • Role of Evaluation Committee for Third Party Auditing
  • Audit Process
  • Audit Reporting
  • Audit Monitoring System
  • Duties of Auditors

A robust framework for audit monitoring and governance of the same is also being developed alongside. As per the above draft regulation, select Food Categories prescribed by the Food Authority, will be subject to mandatory Food Safety Auditing. Food Businesses falling under such category would be required to get their businesses timely audited by recognized Auditing Agencies on their own according to the audit frequency prescribed by the Food Authority. Food businesses which are not subject to mandatory Food Safety auditing can also voluntarily opt for the same for their businesses.

Food Businesses having undergone satisfactory audits will be subjected to less frequent audits by Central or State licensing authorities. Hence, Third party Audits will reduce the burden on the regulatory Food Safety Audits conducted by Central or State Licensing Authorities while at the same time assuring safe food to the consumers.

FSSAI has initiated the process of provisional recognition of auditing agencies to create a pool of auditing agencies that could be used for audit of some food businesses as decided by FSSAI. The experience and feedback obtained would be used while finalizing the regulations in this regard.

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MRP, other info of products sold online mandatory from 2018

Products sold on e-commerce platforms and medical devices declared as drugs like stents will now have to mandatorily carry retail prices and other essential information from next year as per the government’s new labelling rules. 
Union Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has approved amendments to the Legal Metrology (Packaged Commodities) Rules, 2011, that will come into effect from January 1, 2018.
These rules were framed to regulate the pre-packaged commodities, which have to comply with certain mandatory lebelling requirements. 
“Products on e-commerce platforms to display declarations required under the amended rules. Medical devices declared as drugs brought under the rules,” an official statement said. 
The government said that the rules have been amended to enhance consumer protection, but at the same time balancing with the requirement of ease of doing business. 
The amended rules also prohibit dual MRPs on products, saying that “no person shall declare different MRPs (dual MRP) on an identical pre-packaged commodity, unless allowed under any law”. 
The government said that this will benefit consumers at large as there are complaints regarding dual MRP for items sold at public places like cinema hall, airport, malls etc. 
With growing online trade, the new rules has brought products sold on e-commerce platform under its ambit. 
“Goods displayed by the seller on e-commerce platform should contain declarations required under the rules like name & address of the manufacturer, packer and importer, name of the commodity, net content, retail sale price, consumer care complaint, dimension etc,” the statement said. 
Among other key changes, the government has increased the fontsize of letters and numerals for making declaration so that consumers can easily read the same. The net quantity checking is made more scientific, with introduction of e- coding. Bar Code/QR Coding is allowed on voluntary basis. 
On medical devices like stent, valve, orthopaedic implants, syringe and tools for operations etc, the government said, “consumers were facing difficulty as prices of devices were sold according to the paying capacity of the consumer. Even after capping MRP, many companies were not displaying.” 
“Also, there are important declarations other than MRP that need to be displayed, are brought into the purview of declarations to be made under the rules,” it said. 
The definition of institutional consumer has been changed to prevent any scope for commercial transactions/retail sale of commodities sourced by the institution for their own use. 
The provisions regarding declarations on Food Products have been harmonized with labelling regulations under the Food Safety & Standards Act, 2006.

If advertisers don’t mind their Ps and Qs, the govt will

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The focus this month is back on the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), the advertising industry’s self-regulatory body. For a start, on 2 February, ASCI said that it had the remit for advertisements on the Internet and digital media too. The 30-year-old body, known for registering complaints against television commercials, in a statement said that its code of self-regulation “is quite comprehensive and covers all media including the Internet or digital media”.

It added that it takes up complaints against ads appearing on websites, e-commerce portals, social media platforms as well as movie promotional videos/YouTube trailers. ASCI always believed that ads across all media and all sectors fell under its purview, but the recent release just made it explicit.

To be sure, its Consumer Complaints Council deals with complaints, received from consumers and industry, against ads which are false and misleading. It looks at ads with indecent or illegal content or those that promote unsafe products and practices, and are, therefore, in contravention of the ASCI code for self-regulation in advertising.

When it upholds some of these complaints, it can even be dragged to court. In fact, last week, an ongoing case in the Delhi high court between ASCI and Havells Pvt. Ltd revived the debate on the extent of its punitive powers over erring advertisers.

In October 2015, the Delhi high court stayed an order passed by ASCI against the electrical equipment maker, asking the company to modify or withdraw its ad that claimed “wires that do not catch fire”, on the grounds that it was misleading. Earlier this month, the court heard arguments from Havells questioning ASCI’s powers to issue such orders and the manner in which it does so.

Critics argue that ASCI has no fangs. However, the body is not as toothless as it is made out to be. Yes, it is a voluntary organization, registered as a non-profit company under the Companies Act, but as a self-regulatory body of the advertising industry it has become stronger over the years.

It derives its power from the government at least as far as television advertising is concerned. It is recognized under the Cable Television Networks Rules, 1994, which state that “No advertisement which violates the code for self-regulation in advertising, as adopted by the Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI), Mumbai, for public exhibition in India, from time to time, shall be carried in the cable service”.

In essence, if an advertiser does not follow ASCI’s recommendation to modify or withdraw its ad within a stipulated time, the body can approach the ministry of information and broadcasting which, in turn, asks the channels not to carry the objectionable ads. It claims almost 100% compliance from its members and about 90% compliance from non-member advertisers. Information on all misleading ads is also sent to the department of consumer affairs and the relevant sector regulators.

ASCI works closely with the department of consumer affairs, handling all complaints pertaining to misleading ads coming through its Web portal—gama.gov.in (GAMA is short for grievances against misleading advertisements). The six priority sectors that are covered under GAMA are: agriculture and food, health, education, housing, financial services, and e-commerce. ASCI has also been approached by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for a possible memorandum of understanding for handling complaints against misleading ads for the food and beverages sector. The state food and drug administration authorities, too, have been sending complaints to ASCI against ads violating the Drugs and Magic Remedies (Objectionable Advertisements) Act, 1954.

In short, it is growing in influence and collaborating with various bodies to strengthen self-regulation in advertising.

That is not all. Over the years, its membership has also swelled. More advertisers, advertising and media agencies as well as newspaper and television companies have become members. This helps the organization in applying collective pressure on erring advertisers.

The once slow-moving organization, is now nimble. Consumers can easily lodge complaints via a toll-free phone line, a mobile app or online through its website. Complaint redressal is speedier as the body meets every week instead of once a month like it used to earlier. In 2014-2015, it received more than 4,300 complaints and deliberated on 1,877 of them. Of these, it upheld complaints against 1,389 ads.

If advertisers do not want the government to interfere in what they show or say in their ads, they would be well served to adhere to the ASCI code. The idea at ASCI is not to penalize people but build a consciousness for responsible advertising. Its intent is to protect consumers from being cheated by advertising which makes misleading, false or unsubstantiated claims, is obscene or unfairly denigrates or runs down competitive products and services.

If industry doesn’t self-regulate advertising content, then chances are that the government will.

LM

நுகர்வோர் உரிமை சட்டத்தை தெரிந்து கொள்ளுங்கள்…

பணம் செலுத்தி பொருட்கள் மற்றும் சேவைகளை வாங்கும் அனைவரும் நுகர்வோர் தான். 1986வரை நுகர்வோர் பாதுகாப்புக்கென 1950ம் ஆண்டைய மருந்துகள், ஒப்பனை பொருட்கள் சட்டம், 1954ம் ஆண்டைய உணவு கலப்பட தடுப்புச்சட்டம், 1955ம் ஆண்டைய இன்றியமையாமை பண்டங்கள் சட்டம், 1976ம் ஆண்டைய எடை மற்றும் அளவுகள் சட்டம் என்று பலதரப்பட்ட சட்டங்கள் இருந்தன.

இதே நேரத்தில் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட நுகர்வோர், குற்றம் புரிந்தோர் மீது கொடுக்கும் புகாரின் அடிப்படையில், இந்த சட்டங்கள் வாயிலாக அபராதம் மற்றும் தண்டனைகள் மட்டுமே வழங்க முடிந்தது. ஆனால் பாதிக்கப்பட்ட நுகர்வோருக்கு நிவாரணமோ, நஷ்டஈடோ வழங்கமுடியாத நிலை இருந்தது. இதனை நிவர்த்தி செய்து, பாதிக்கப்பட்ட நுகர்வோருக்கு குறுகிய காலத்தில் (90நாட்களில்) குறைந்த செலவில் நிவாரணங்களையும், நஷ்ட ஈட்டையும் வழங்கும் வகையில் 1986ம் ஆண்டு நுகர்வோர் பாதுகாப்பு சட்டம் மத்திய அரசால் உருவாக்கப்பட்டது.

பாதிக்கப்படும் நுகர்வோரின் நலனை காக்க அரசு நிர்வாகத்துறை, நீதித்துறை, என இரு வழிகளில் கட்டமைப்பு ஏற்படுத்தி செயல்படுத்தி வருகிறது. நிர்வாகத்துறையில் மத்திய நுகர்வோர் பாதுகாப்பு கவுன்சில், மாநில நுகர்வோர் பாதுகாப்பு கவுன்சில், மாவட்ட நுகர்வோர் பாதுகாப்பு கவுன்சில் என 3அடுக்கு முறையாக குழுக்கள் அமைத்து செயல்படுத்தி வருகிறது. இதில் மாவட்ட குழுவிற்கு கலெக்டர் தலைவராகவும், மாநில, தேசிய குழுக்களுக்கு அரசு செயலர்கள் தலைவர்களாகவும் இருந்து செயல்பட்டு வருகின்றனர்.

நீதித்துறையை பொறுத்தவரை மாவட்ட நுகர்வோர் குறைதீர் மன்றம், மாநில நுகர்வோர் ஆணையம், தேசிய நுகர்வோர் ஆணையம் என்று 3அடுக்கு முறையாக வடிவமைக்கப்பட்டு செயல்படுத்தி வருகிறது. மாவட்ட நுகர்வோர் குறைதீர் மன்றத்திற்கு ஓய்வு பெற்ற மாவட்ட நீதிபதி தலைவராகவும், மாநில நுகர்வோர் ஆணையத்திற்கு ஓய்வு பெற்ற உயர்நீதிமன்ற நீதிபதி தலைவராகவும், தேசிய நுகர்வோர் ஆணையத்திற்கு ஓய்வு பெற்ற உச்சநீதிமன்ற நீதிபதி தலைவராகவும் உள்ளனர்.

 

அதேபோல் நுகர்வோர்கள் முறையற்ற வர்த்தகம், உணவு பொருட்கள் கலப்படம், போலி விளம்பரம், எடையளவு மோசடி மற்றும் சேவை குறைபாடு போன்றவற்றிலிருந்து தங்களை தற்காத்துக் கொள்ள விழிப்புணர்வுடன் இருக்க வேண்டும். தாங்கள் வாங்கும் பொருட்களில் தயாரிப்பாளரின் பெயர், முகவரி, உற்பத்திதேதி, காலாவதி தேதி, ஐஎஸ்ஐ முத்திரை மற்றும் அரசு நிர்ணயித்த விலை உள்ளிட்ட விபரங்கள் அடங்கியுள்ளதா? என்பதை பரிசோதித்து தரமான பொருட்களை தேர்வு செய்து வாங்க வேண்டும்.

போலியான, கவர்ச்சிகரமான விளம்பரங்களை நம்பி ஏமாறக்கூடாது. எனவே அன்றாட வாழ்வில் நுகர்வோர் சேவையினை பெருமளவில் பெறும் பொதுமக்களாகிய நீங்கள், விழிப்புணர்வுடன் செயல்பட வேண்டும் என்கிறார் தமிழ்நாடு நுகர்வோர் மற்றும் மக்கள் உரிமைகள் புலனாய்வு கமிட்டி தலைவர் வழக்கறிஞர் செல்வம்.

 

தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு மாற்றாக குழந்தைகள் உணவு, பீடிங் பாட்டில் மற்றும் உணவுகள் (தயாரிப்பு, வினியோகம் மற்றும் விற்பனை கட்டுப்படுத்தல்) புதிய சட்டம்-1992

எந்த தனிநபரும் தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு மாற்றாக தயாரிக்கப்படும் குழந்தை உணவு, பீடிங் பாட்டில் மற்றும் உணவுகள் தொடர்பாக சில தடைகள்

* தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு மாற்றாக குழந்தைகள் உணவு, பீடிங் பாட்டில்கள் மற்றும் ஆகாரங்கள் தயாரிப்பு, விற்பனை, வினியோகம் தொடர்பாக எந்தவித விளம்பரமும் செய்வது அல்லது அத்தகைய விளம்பரங்களில் யாரும் பங்கேற்ககூடாது.

* தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு மாற்றாக தயாரிக்கப்படும் உணவுகளை தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு இணையானது, அதைவிட மேலானது என்பது போன்ற பிரசாரம் செய்யக்கூடாது. அதுபோன்ற பிரசாரம் மூலம் மக்களை நம்பவைக்கும் முயற்சி மேற்கொள்ளக்கூடாது.

* தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு மாற்றாக குழந்தை உணவு, பீடிங் பாட்டில் மற்றும் உணவுதானிய விற்பனை செய்வது தொடர்பாக அரசு நிர்ணயம் செய்துள்ள விதிமுறைகள் படி தான் செயல்பட வேண்டும்

* தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு மாற்றாக குழந்தை உணவு, பீடிங் பாட்டில் மற்றும் உணவுதானிய விற்பனை செய்வது தொடர்பாக கர்ப்பிணிகள், குழந்தை பெற்ற தாய்மார்களை விளம்பரத்திற்கு பயன்படுத்துவது தொடர்பாக தனியார் கம்பெனிகள் சந்தித்து பேசக்கூடாது. மேலும் தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு இணையான பொருட்கள் என்று தயாரிக்கப்படும் பொருட்களை காட்டி நம்பும் வகையில் விளம்பரம் செய்யக்கூடாது.

* தாய்ப்பாலுக்கு மாற்றாக குழந்தை உணவு, பீடிங் பாட்டில் மற்றும் உணவுதானிய விற்பனை செய்வது தொடர்பாக கர்ப்பிணிகள், குழந்தை பெற்ற தாய்மார்களை விளம்பரத்திற்கு பயன்படுத்துவது தொடர்பாக தனியார் கம்பெனிகள் தகவல் பரிமாற்றம் செய்வது, தயாரித்துள்ள பொருட்களை இலவசமாக வழங்குவது என்ற எந்த செயலிலும் ஈடுபடக்கூடாது.

மேலே குறிப்பிட்டுள்ள 5 நிபந்தனைகள் சட்டத்திற்கு உட்பட்டு அறிவிக்கப்படுகிறது.

அதை மீறி யார் செயல்பட்டாலும், அவர்கள் மீது வழக்கு பதிவு செய்வதுடன், அவர்கள் மீதான குற்றம் நிரூபிக்கும் பட்சத்தில் 3 ஆண்டுகள் சிறை தண்டனை அல்லது ரூ.5 ஆயிரம் அபராதம் அல்லது இரண்டும் விதிக்கப்படும்.

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GHEE – Agmark standards , Packers and adulteration detection

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Name of the State:  TAMIL NADU & U.T. PUDUCHERRY under the jurisdiction of Regional Office, Chennai.

 

Sl. No. Name & Address of the authorised Packer Certificate of Authorisation No. Valid upto Remarks
1.       01 M/s M.L. Ponnappa Chettiar & Bros.,187, Sukravarpet, Coimbatore – 1 B 930 31.03.2013
2.       02 M/s R.K.Ariappa Chettiar,Sri Murugan Butter & Ghee Stores78, Mettur Road,Erode G 3217 31.03.2012
3.       03 M/s Sri Venkateswara Laboratories,7-B, Chinna Muthur GowndarStreet, E.K. Valasu,Erode – 9 O 7038 31.03.2013
4.       04 M/s J.C. Veerappa Chettiar & Co., P.Box No.1, 9/225,Bhawani Rd.,Perndurai-638052, Erode District X 11599 31.03.2013
5.       05 M/s C. Duraisamy Chettiar,9/225-A, Bhawani Road,Perundurai –638 052, Erode District Q 8266 31.03.2013
6.       06 M/s K. Shanmugam Chettiar & Bros., D-3, Nehru Rd.,P.B.No.56Chennimalai – 638 052, Erode District G 3210 31.03.2012
7.       07 M/s Sri Ayyappa Ghee Stores27/53, East Periasamy Road,R.S. Puram, Coimbatore AF 15613 31.03.2013
8.       08 M/s T.M.Ramasamy Chettiar & CoNo.8/38, Chennimalai Road,Kangayam – 638 701, Erode District AK 18109 31.03.2013
9.       09 M/s T.M..L.Narayanasamy,6/80-B, Pudhu Vinayagar StreetDevangapuram,Kangayam, Erode District B 943 31.03.2012
10.   10 M/s Sakthi Traders6/72-B, Subash StreetKangayam, Erode District AO 20252 31.03.2012
11.   11 M/s Sri Kannan & Co.,15 (7-C), K.R.R.Thottam,Mangalam Road,Tirupur – 688 604, Tirupur District AO 20251 31.03.2013
12.   12 M/s Dhanalakshmi & Co.,21-B, M G Pudur 1st StreetTiruppur, Tirupur District B 554 31.03.2013
13.   13 M/s A. Veerappa Chettiar & Co.,Modachur Road,Gobichettypalayam, Erode District AF 15608 31.03.2013
14.   14 M/s Sri Lakshmi & CompanyP.B.No.14,Erode RoadPerundurai – 638 052, Erode District A O 20029 31.03.2013
15.   15 M/s T.M.L.V.Mariappa Chettiar & Co., 7/184, Jaipur RoadKangayam – 638 701, Erode District AX 24735 31.03.2013
16.   16 M/s Krishna & Company2-54-3, Manickapuram RoadWest PalladamPalladam 638 664, Coimbatore District R 8507 31.03.2013
17.   17 M/s Arunachalam & Co.,13, Jamanai StreetTirupur – 4, Tirupur District B B 26945 31.03.2013
18.   18 M/s Gokul Ghee Stores568, Raja StreetCoimbatore – 1 B B 26750 31.03.2012
19.   19 M/s Coimbatore Dist. Co.op Milk Producers’ Union Ltd.,New Dairy Complex,Siruvani Main Road,PachapalayamCoimbatore – 10 B B 26860 31.03.2013
20.   20 M/s Sri Kumaran Dairy,13, Jammanai Street,Tirupur 638604 , Tirupur District B B 26701 31.03.2013
21.   21 M/s Giri and Co.,142-A, Audiappa Naicken Street,Madras – 1 B B 26703 31.03.2013
22.   22 Shri R. Kuppusamy Konar,Konar Ghee Stores, Big Bazar StreetTrichy – 8 A 1 00 2453 31.03.2012
23.   23 M/s M.A.Mariappa Mudaliar & Sons.,No.366, Udumalai Road ,Near Power House,Palladam – 641 664, Coimbatore District A P 20680 31.03.2013
24.   24 M/s T.M..L.V.Asokan and & Co.,6/30, Kamaraj Street,Kangayam, Erode District B B 26947 31.03.2013
25.   25 M/s Srinivasa & Co., No. 46, Bharathiyar Road, Papanaickan PalayamCoimbatore – 37 A X 24793 31.03.2013
26.   26 M/s T.M.L.V.Veerappa Chettiar & Sons7/16, Tirupur Road, Kangayam,Erode District 24799 31.03.2012
27.   27 M/s Ganapathy Traders, No.16 (1),Mangalam Road,Tirupur – 4, Tirupur District A X 24845 31.03.2012
28.   28 M/s Erode Dist. Co.op. Milk Producers Union Ltd., Vasavi College Road,Erode 638 316 B A 26910 31.03.2013
29.   29 M/s Salem Dist. Co.op. Milk Producers Union Ltd., Sithanur, Thalvaipatty P.oSalem B B 26845 31.03.2013
30.   30 M/s P. Ramalingam,24, Peramanallur Road,Tirupur – 2, Tirupur District B B 26854 31.03.2013
31.   32 M/s Dharmapuri  Dist. Co.op. Milk Producers Union Ltd.,  Kanakamuthu, Krishnagiri – 2. B B 26850 31.03.2013
32.   33 M/s V.H.Naidu & Co., 17, Surappa Mudaliar Street, Triplicane,Chennai – 5 B B 26855 31.03.2013
33.   34 M/s N. Govinda Chettiar & Sons,3-A, Manager Officer Street, Thiruchengode Post, Salem District A Z 25568 31.03.2012
34.   37 M/s Sri Ganapathy Dairy,205, Arunachalam Street, R.S.Puram,Coimbatore – 641 002 A T 22792 31.03.2013
35.   38 M/s Nambisons’.Dairy Pvt. Ltd.,34, 4th Trust Cross Street,Mandavelipakkam, Chennai – 28 A T 22930 31.03.2012
36.   39 M/s  Kasi & Co.,No.8, West Pradakshanam Road,Karur – 639 002, Karur District A P 20669 31.03.2012
37.   40 M/s Lingam & Co.,No.700, Avanashi Road,Coimbatore – 641 018. A O 20233 31.03.2012
38.   41 M/s Nathan & Co.,8/11, P.N.R.Colony, Trichy Road, Coimbatore – 18. A Q 21500 31.03.2012
39.   42 M/s T.S. Ghee Store,45, Vasantha Nagar, TharanallurTrichy – 8 A Q 21326 31.03.2012
40.   43 M/s Sri Ganapathy Ghee StoresNo.25C/8,Shanmuga NagarPonnaiah RajapuramCoimbatore – 641 001 A Q 21332 31.03.2012
41.   45 M/s Shri Kariyakali Food ProductsNo.384, Amman Complex, Karumandapam, Trichy – 620 001 A Q 21339 31.03.2012
42.   46 M/s Om Sri Ayyappa Ghee Stores,4-B, Mettupalayam Road, Kavundampalayam,Coimbatore – 641030 A Q 21394 31.03.2013
43.   47 M/s A. Gandhi & Co.,23, Longly Road, Shevapet,Salem – 2 A R 21730 31.03.2012
44.   50 M/s Vijaya Dairy,30, Saathi Road,Ramnagar, Coimbatore – 9 A / 1 000949 31.03.2013
45.   52 M/s Sri Krishna & Co.,No.12/C Thiru Vi Ka Nagar,Tirupur RoadKangayam – 638 701, Erode District A / 1 000 992 31.03.2014
46.   53 M/s Bharath Ghee Stores,236, Jawahar Bazaar, Karur Q  8247 31.03.2013
47.   54 M/s Sundaram Chettiar & Sons.,No.14, Prathakshanam Road,Karur, Karur District B 716 31.03.2013
48.   55 M/s S. Narayanasamy Iyer & Co.,97, Jawahar Street, Karur, Karur District Q  8248 31.03.2013
49.   57 M/s South Arcot Dist. Co.op Milk Producers’ Union ltd.,Vazhudhareddy P.O,Kandamanaday S.OVillupuram – 605 401 A / 1 001010 31.03.2014
50.   59 M/s Nilgiris Dist. Co.op. Milk Producers’ Union Ltd. New complex, Coonoor Road,  Ooty – 643 001 A / 1 001034 31.03.2014
51.   60 M/s Trichy Dist. Co.op Milk Producers Union Ltd., Kottapattu, Pudukkottai Rd., Trichy – 620 023. A / 1 001088 31.03.2014
52.   61 M/s Yadav Ghee store,273, Big Bazaar, Trichy – 8 A / 1 001092 31.03.2014
53.   62 M/s Sri Ram & Co.,163, Palladam Rd.,Puliampatty,  Pollachi,Coimbatore District A /1  001203 31.03.2010
54.   63 M/s Sri Sivaselvi Ghee Stores,No.21, Pettai Street, Karur RoadMulanur – 638 106, Erode District A /1  001204 31.03.2010
55.   64 M/s Manickam & Co.,Manickapuram Road,Palladam – 638664, Coimbatore District A / 1 001205 31.03.2010
56.   66 M/s Poonkodi Dairy Foods,82, Canal Bank Road, CIT NagarChennai  –  600 035 A / 1 001227 31.03.2010
57.   68 M/s Thanjavur Dist. Co.op Milk Producers’ union Ltd.,T-870, Nanjikkottai Road,Thanjavur  –  613006. A / 1 002167 31.03.2010
58.   69 M/s Kumaran & Co.,10, Arunachala puram, AdyarChennai  600 020. A / 1 001261 31.03.2010
59.   70 M/s Sri Bhagyalakshmi Ghee Stores36, Deangapet Street No.1,Coimbatore – 641001. A / 1 001275 31.03.2010
60.   71 M/s Senthel & Co.,6, K.R.R.Thottam,Opp. Diamond Theatre, Karuvampalayam,Tirupur  –  641604, Tirupur District A / 1  001284 31.03.2010
61.   72 M/s Shanthi Agencies,5-a, K.R.R. Thottam,Opp. Diamond Theatre,Tirupur  –  641604, Tirupur District A / 1 001288 31.03.2010
62.   73 M/s North Arcot Dist. Co.op Milk Producers Union ltd.,Sathuvachari,  Arcot Road,Vellore – 632009. A /1 001306 31.03.2011
63.   74 M/s T.A.K. Senthil & Co.,19, Tirupur Road,Kangayam – 638 701, Erode District A / 1 001307 31.03.2011
64.   75 M/s Sri Ammutham Ghee stores,7, N.S.R. Road,Saibaba Kovil Bus Stop,Coimbatore – 641011. A / 1 001321 31.03.2011
65.   77 M/s Sesha & Co.,No.32, Venkataraman Street, PeramburChennai  –  600 011. A / 1 001353 31.03.2011
66.   79 M/s Santha & Co.,45-A, Mettur Road, Erode – 638009. A /1  001366 31.03.2011
67.   80 M/s M/s Selvavinayagar Dairy FarmNo.4-B, Oaruppukara Street,Palakkarai,  Trichy – 620001.  A / 1 001387 31.03.2011
68.   85 M/s K.P.Subbarayan & Sons.,2, K.R.R.Thottam,KaruvampalayamTirupur  –  638604, Tirupur District A / 1 001526 31.03.2012
69.   86 M/s S.S. Dairy,87, Kangayam Road,Utthukuli – R.S  Pin 638752Erode District A / 1 001537 31.03.2012
70.   88 M/s Star Dairy Farm,NO.4, 10th Cross, South Ramalinga Nagar, Vayalur Road,Trichy – 4 A / 1 001560 31.03.2012
71.   89 M/s N. Ravi & Brothers,3, C/2, Erode Road,Perundurai – 638052, Erode District A / 1 001586 31.03.2013
72.   90 M/s A. Arunachalam & Co.,225, Tiruppur Road,Kangayam – 638701, Erode District A / 1 001589 31.03.2013
73.   91 M/s Ram Dairy Farm,No.38, Chettipalayam Road,Palladam – 641664, Coimbatore District A / 1 001590 31.03.2013
74.   92 M/s Sri Kannan & Co.,8, Yogambal Street, T.NagarChennai  –  600017 A / 1 001712 31.03.2013
75.   93 M/s Sree R. Viswanatham &Co,49, K.V.P.Layout, karuvampalayamTirupur – 641604, Tirupur District A / 1 001737 31.03.2013
76.   94 M/s S. Parimalam & Co.,48-A,K.V.P.Layout,KaruvampalayamTirupur – 641604, Tirupur District A /  1 001738 31.03.2013
77.   95 M/s Sree Abirami & Co..,101-A, Ayyerkadu,Veerappan Chatram – POErode – 638004 A / 1 001763 31.03.2013
78.   96 M/s Hatsun Agro Products Ltd.,59, Thimma Samudram Village,Madras Bangalore High Way,Kancheepuram – 631502 A / 1 001771 31.03.2014
79.   97 M/s Aravind Milk Foods Pvt. Ltd.,Arvind Garden,GovindampalayamAndan Kovil – POKarur, Karur District A /1   001772 31.03.2014
80.   98 M/s G R B Dairy Foods (Pvt.) Ltd.,N-10, Phase III, SIDCO Industrial Estate,Hosur  –  635126, Krishnagiri District A / 1 001774 31.03.2014
81.   99 M/s Ganga Food Products (P) Ltd.,Vellore Krishnagiri N H RoadEraivankadu VillageVirinjipuram – Post,Vellore – Taluk & Dist. Pin – 6323104. A / 1 001819 31.03.2014
82.   100 M/s A B T Industries Ltd.,Dairy Division,475, Dr. Nanjappa Road,Gandhipuram, Coimbatore  –  641018 A / 1 001791 31.03.2014
83.   102 M/s A. Karupanasamy Chettiar,535-a, S.K.C.Road, Erode – 638001 A / 1 001853 31. 03.2014
84.   103 M/s Tajmahal Food Products,19 & 19A Siva Sakthi Vinayagar Koil Street, Tirupur RoadKangayam –  638701, Erode District A/ 1 001876 31.03.2014
85.   104 M/s Sri Murali Dairy,42,Sowdamman Koil Street,Coimbatore – 398929. A / 1 001882 31.03.2014
86.   105 M/s Sri Lakshmi Dairy & Foods,349, Behind Manickam Palayam Housing Unit, Erode – 638011. A / 1 001884 31.03.2014
87.   108 M/s Sabari Ayyappa Ghee Stores,31, Lakshmi Complex,Cross Cut Road,GandhipuramCoimbatore – 641012. A / 1 002102 31.03.2010
88.   110 M/s G.V.K. Traders,8, Chinnakadai Street,Papanasam – 614205Thanjavur Dist. A /  1 002061 31.03.2010
89.   113 M/s Radhakrishnan Dairy Farms81, Thiruvalluvar Street,Surampatti,Erode – 638009. A / 1 002987 31.03.2010
90.   114 M/s K.S. Angappa Chettiar & Co.,149, Erode Road,Perundurai – 638052, Erode District A / 1 002124 31.03.2011
91.   116 M/s Shree Maheswariy Company,14/38, Bharathiyar Street,Bhavani Road,Perundurai – 638052, Erode District A / 1 002171 31.03.2011
92.   119 M/s Karthick Traders,4, Indira Street,Kanchi Kovil Road,Perundurai – 638052, Erode District A / 1 002146 31.03.2011
93. M/s Rasipuram Ghee Stores.13, Bishop Road,Puthur, Trichy -620017 A/1 002110 31-03-2011
94. M/s Ravikonar Ghee Store,255, Big Bazaar Street,Trichy- 620008 A/1 002145 31-03-2011
95. M/s Jai Anchaneya Agencies,14- C, Akilandeswari Nagar,Lalgudi, Trichy District A/1 002192 31-03-2011
96.   124 M/s Sarthi Trading Co.,6, Mamarathupalayam,Erode – 638004 A /  1 002172 31.03.2011
97.   127 M/s Boopathy Ghee Merchant,167, Velappa Gounder Valasu privu, Kaikattivalasu, Nasiyanur,Villarasampatti – POErode – 638107 A / 1 002209 31.03.2011
98.   129 M/s M.S. Balasubramanian,19, Tagore Street, Mahalingapuram,Pollachi – 642002, Coimbatore District A / 1 002245 31.03.2012
99.   130 M/s Sabari Trading Company,163, A, Palladam Raod,Puliampatti,Pollachi, Coimbatore District A / 1 002232 31.03.2012
100.                        131 M/s Visnu Sree And Company,205-C, L.K.C.Nagar,Kovai Road,Vellakoil – 638111, Erode District A / 1 002237 31.03.2012
101.                        132 M/s Rasi Gold Promoters176, Bazaar Street,Rasipuram – 637408,Namakkal District A/ 1 002242 31.03.2012
102.                        134 M/s R. R.  Marketing,No.2, 5th Cross Road, Phase I,Sathuvachari,Vellore – 632009 A / 1 002259 31.03.2012
103.                        136 M/s Hatsun Agro Product Ltd.,Attur Main Road,Karumapuram VillageSalem – 636106 A / 1 002727 31.03.2010
104. M/s R K Ganapathy ChettiarP.B.No.6,Kangayam 638 701, Erode District Duplicate CA A/1-009354 31.03.2012
105. M/s Pondicherry Co.op Milk Producers’Union Ltd.,Kurumampet,Vazhudavoor Road,Pondicherry – 605 009  A / 1 001025 31.03.2014

Name of the State: Tamil Nadu under jurisdiction of Sub – Office, Madurai

 

Sl. No Name & Address of the Authorised Packer C.A Number Valid upto Remarks
1 Sri Venkateswara Traders,10G -11, V.O.C. Nagar,Oddanchatram – 624619, Dindigul District A/1 – 002795 31.3.2011
2 Vijayakumar & Co.,284 – B1 / 9,  Krishna Market, Oddanchatram – 624619, Dindigul District A/1 – 002760 31.3.2010
3 Bharathi Ghee stores,25, East Car Street, Dindigul – 624 001,  Dindigul District AR – 21740 31.3.2013
4 Deepam Food Products,5F – 501, Dharapuram Road, Oddanchatram – 624619, Dindigul District A/1 – 002110 31.3.2011
5 Dindigul District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd.,9, East Govindapuram,Dindigul – 624001.,  Dindigul District A/1 – 009997 31.3.2014
6 Kungumaraj Dairy,326/10, Dharapuram Road, Oddanchatram – 624169,Dindigul District. A/1 – 002117 31.3.2011
7 Sri Balaji Traders,282, Dharapuram Road,Oddanchatram – 624019.,Dindigul District. A/1 – 002077 31.3.2010
8 Sri Chamundi Trading,82, Naikkar New III St.,East Govindapuram,  Dindigul District. AZ – 25770 31.3.2013
9 Veerakumar Industries,Veerakumar Nagar,Palakkanoothu – 624624,Dindigul District. A/1 – 001510 31.3.2012
10 Madurai District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Ltd.,, Sivagagai Road, Anna Nagar, Madurai – 625 020,Madurai District. AQ – 21337 31.3.2012
11 Madurai Ghee Supplying & Co.,1, Chinna Pillai Lane,Amman Sannathi Street,Madurai – 625 001, Madurai District. AT – 22913 31.3.2012
12 S.M.R. Traders,45, Dhalavai Street,Madurai – 625 001, Madurai District. A/1 – 002223 31.3.2011
13 Sarva Seva Gramodyogh Samithi,56, Uchapatti, Kappalur Post,Madurai – 625 008, Madurai District. A/1 – 001518 31.3.2012
14 Sri Thirumurugan Agencies,13/10, SE Second Street,New Pankajam Colony,Madurai – 625 009, Madurai District A/1 – 002005 31.3.2010
15 Kannan Ghee Stores,7, Thalavai Street,Madurai – 625 001, Madurai District. A/1 – 000984 31.3.2014
16 Sivaganga District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd., Siruvayal Road, Kazhanivasal, Karaikudi, Sivaganga District A/1 – 001005 31.3.2014
17 Suri Dairy Farm,1-6-75, Annalkulam Road, Surandai, Tenkasi Taluk,Thirunelveli District. A/1 – 002206 31.3.2011
18 Rathna Ghee Stores,103. East Car Street, Tirunelveli Town , Thirunelveli District. A/1 – 001542 31.3.2012
19 Tirunelveli District Co. Op. Milk Producers Union Ltd., Reddiarpatti Road, Tirunelveli – 7, Thirunelveli District. AT – 22781 31.3.2013
20 P.Rathina Sabapathy,26, Bagam Priyal Street,Tuticorin – 628002, Tuticorin District. A/1 – 002100 31.3.2010
21 Subrabatham Dairy,100, K.K. Valasi, Tenkasi,Thirunelveli District. A/1 – 002975 31.3.2012
22 Naveen Agro Food Corporation Pvt. Ltd., No. 73 LIG, 80 Feet Road, Anna Nagar, Madurai – 625 020. A/1 – 009993 31.3.2013
23 M/s S.K. Agencies,52, New MarketVirudhunagar- 626001

Note:

It is the responsibility of the packer to renew his Certificate of Authorisation for conducting business,

AGMARK certification is a mandatory requirement.

List pf packers for other states –  http://agmarknet.nic.in/packghee.htm

For quick test adulterants in Ghee -http://www.fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/Final_test_manual_part_I%2816-08-2012%29.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

Food Safety in India -Legal actions this week – July 14 -19

Compounding of Offenses by Commissioner Food Safety is Illegal

It is the fundamental right under Article 14 of the Constitution that, the State shall not deny to any person equality before Law or equal protection of the Laws within the Territory of India. “It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer” which is the principle so fundamental to our criminal jurisprudence. Need to protect Good Traders Who do Fair Trade Practices.

The Administration needs to appoint all Statutory Functionaries, on a Whole Time Basis who are properly and efficiently trained and has to maintain a system control to regulate the Food Trade and ensure safe food for human consumption.

News was published in the Daily Telegrams on 08.07.2014, by the Commissioner Food Safety that The Food Safety Department is regularly carrying out inspection of all food business establishments including petty shops and street food vendors. During the inspection, it was observed that some tea stall operators are using adulterated/artificially coloured tea leaves/tea dusts for preparing tea. Artificially coloured tea is injurious to health and sale of such tea is prohibited under FSS Act, 2006. During this year till the month of May, artificially coloured tea leaves were seized from 32 tea vending premises and a sum of Rs.21000/- has been recovered as fine by compounding the offence.

However the question is how the officials have compounded the offences without corroborative evidence of a Notified Food Laboratory and the analytical reports done properly qualified / notified Food Analyst who have been appointed under the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006.

In the present case the Commissioner Food Safety, Food Safety officers and designated officers have done critical errors after sampling, who have probably no knowledge about the prosecution procedures or have been ill trained.

1. They have by-passed the “prosecution procedure” as defined under section 42 and 42 (2) and straightway produced the traders, before the Designated officers for compounding.

2. As per the sec 42 (2) immediately after proper sampling, the Food Safety Officer had to send the samples to the Food Analyst and only with a report they can produce before the Designated Officer or Adjudication Officer or before a Court, but they have cleverly bypassed the section 42 (2) and the Designated also illegally compounded the offences under section 69 of the FSS Act without taking due consideration of section 49.

3. Wherein it was his duty to of the Designated Officer or Adjudication Officer to logically conclude, whether the offence is quantifiable (with proven evidence: here only Food Analyst report) / or not and any unfair advantage obtained in the trade and it was his duty to see that the Food safety officer properly followed the procedure for launching prosecution as per section 42, which have been totally neglected, willfully or ignorantly by the Designated Officers and Food Safety Officers; but the losers are the innocent Traders who do not have knowledge of prosecution procedures under Food Safety Act and consequently they have been denied the Principal of Natural Justice and Equality before Law.

4. It is the fundamental right under Article 14 of the Constitution that, the State shall not deny to any person equality before Law or equal protection of the Laws within the Territory of India. It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer which is the principle so fundamental to our criminal jurisprudence.

5. It is also well know that the Post of the Food Analyst is lying vacant since 20 years under the Director of Health Services and without the documentary proof of adulteration the Commissioner Food safety cannot compound offence, on a mere speculation or with coercion, the Food vendor may accept adulterations. Under the Food Safety Act the Laboratory report is the first and foremost requirement to proceed with prosecution. The very act of the Commissioner Food Safety and his officers lack of sense to give natural justice and equality before Law as enshrined in our constitution is questionable.

In the Judgment on WP (PIL) No: 640/2012, the Port Blair bench of Calcutta High Court on 5th June 2014, held that there is no proper authority appointed under the Food Safety and Standards Act in A&N Islands that means all the authorities from Commissioner Food Safety to Food Safety Officers are improper and hence the Administration is required to appoint proper and efficient statutory functionaries without any further delay.

Moreover the Supreme Court in its Judgment on 22nd October 2013 in Writ Petition (Civil) No. 681 of 2004 on Food Safety Act held that “We are, therefore, of the view that the provisions of the FSS Act and PFA Act and the rules and regulations framed there under have to be interpreted and applied in the light of the Constitutional Principles” … The main purpose of this programme is to protect the health of consumers, ensure fair practices in the food trade, and promote coordination of all food standards work… Authorities are also obliged to maintain a system of control and other activities as appropriate to the circumstances, including public communication on food safety and risk, food safety surveillance and other monitoring activities covering all stages of food business…”We, therefore, direct the Food and Safety Standards Authority of India, to gear up their resources with their counterparts in all the States and Union Territories and conduct periodical inspections and monitoring of major fruits and vegetable markets, so as to ascertain whether they conform to such standards set by the Act and the Rules.”…………. “Penal provisions are also provided in the Act.

It is, therefore, of utmost importance that the provisions of the Acts are properly and effectively implemented so that the State can achieve an appropriate level of human life and health, safeguarding the right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution of India…” The Writ Petition is disposed of with the above directions, leaving its respondents, as already indicated, to strictly follow the provisions of the FSS Act as well as the Rules and Regulations framed thereunder.

Dinanath, Phoenix Bay