MAHA FDA slaps with a fine of Rs.5 Lakhs

Three different adjudications filed against the sweet makers for violating food safety norms
The state Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has slapped a fine of Rs 5 lakh on Lonavala-based Maganlal Food Products, manufacturer of Maganlal Chikki, on Monday after the latter was found guilty of violating the food safety norms. The agency has initiated an adjudication against the century-old chain of sweet manufacturers for violating the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, and Food Safety and Standards Rules, 2011. Earlier the maker of the traditional Indian sweet was ordered to shut down production and sale of chikkis and even issued an improvement notice. Three different adjudications were filed against the manufacturer for the alleged violations, officials said.
In December last year, the FDA had conducted a surprise visit at the famous chikki-manufacturing unit of Nangargaon, in Lonavala, only to find the makers flouting health and hygiene norms as set by the FDA. More shockingly, despite conducting business for the past 100 years, the unit was found to not get the raw materials, food products checked according to the food safety rules. Consequently, Maganlal Food Products was issued an improvement notice and even asked to halt production and sale of its famed product. Co-owner and business partner Ashok Agarwal was present when the unit was raided.
Suresh Deshmukh, joint commissioner, FDA, Pune, said, “We have fined the manufacturer to the tune of Rs 5 lakh for the three different adjudications — violations of food safety and hygiene norms, missing veg logo in advertisements and usage of synthetic colour above permissible limit in the strawberry chikki. A sum of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 1.5 lakh and Rs 2.5 lakh, respectively, were levied.”
Deshmukh said, “Earlier they were asked to halt their business and given an improvement notice. Only after the criteria were met, they were allowed to commence business after 15 days. We have given them a one-month time to pay the sum towards the fine.”
Talking about the violations, Agarwal said, “We have made necessary changes and will soon pay the penalty amount. In future too, Maganlala Chikki will function as per the food safety norms.”
In December 2018, FDA officials had conducted a raid at Nangargaon unit

Consumer alert : Dabur – Hair found in Hajmola Pudina Tablet

Consumer complaint as posted by Dinesh Acharya, Bengaluru on Jan 23-2019 in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum with photos –

My wife bought a Hajmola Pudina tablet bottle on 22nd Jan 2019 from Sowhhagya store in Koramangala ( https://sowbhagya-traders.business.site/ ) at post-lunchtime. Today 23rd Jan 2019 when I opened the bottle to have the tablet due to uneasiness in my stomach. I found a hair pointing out of the tablet which is so disgusting, this happened after me eating one tablet on the same day earlier. I am not sure if there are more of these tablets with hair in it or maybe I already swallowed one with it.

If you required snap or video of the tablet with hair protruding out I will send that on your mail please call me or do some necessary action as soon as possible otherwise I will have to go to the Consumer Court.

Thank you,
Dinesh Acharya

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FSSAI : Stop using recycled plastics , newspapers to wrap food items

The new regulations prohibit packaging material made of recycled plastics including carry bags for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food.

Food businesses need to comply with new packaging regulations that bar use of recycled plastics and newspapers to wrap food articles by July 1, regulator FSSAI said Thursday.
The new regulations prohibit packaging material made of recycled plastics including carry bags for packaging, storing, carrying or dispensing articles of food.
Taking cognizance of the carcinogenic effect of inks and dyes, the norms also prohibit the use of newspaper and such other materials for packing or wrapping of food articles and includes respective Indian standard for printing inks for use on food packages.
“The new packaging regulations would raise the bar of food safety in India to the next level,” Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) CEO Pawan Agarwal said in a statement.
He also said that there would be “difficulties” in implementation of these regulations by the unorganised sector and therefore sufficient time has been given before the regulations come into force.
“The food businesses shall have to comply with these regulations by 1st July, 2019,” he said.
Agarwal also mentioned that stakeholder’s consultation and mass awareness building amongst consumers and food businesses would precede implementation of the new packaging regulations.
Besides general and specific requirement with respect to packaging materials, the FSSAI said new regulations also prescribe overall migration and specific migration limits of contaminants for plastic packaging materials.
The regulations specify the suggestive list of packaging materials for different food product categories. As per these regulations, packaging materials used for packing or storing the food products should conform to the Indian standards provided in the schedules.
The new norms will replace all provisions with respect to packaging requirements prescribed in the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011. Recognising the importance of packaging in the food sector and its impact on food safety, packaging regulations have been separated from labelling regulations.
The primary objective of packaging is to protect the food contents from micro-biological, chemical, physical and atmospheric contamination and preserve the food and thereby protect consumer’s health.
Good packaging also ensures that there is no change in sensory properties or composition of food when packed. Packaging is essential and critical for promoting food safety, extended shelf-life and thereby enhancing food security.

9.9% Milk samples Unsafe For Consumption – Govt

 

The National Milk Safety and Quality Survey 2018 broadly suggests that milk in India is largely safe, said Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey.
The survey was initiated in May with sample size of around 6,000 samples for analysis 
NEW DELHI: 
A nationwide survey on milk adulteration by the FSSAI found 39 per cent of milk samples to be non-compliant with reference to quality parameters while 9.9 per cent were found to be unsafe for consumption, the government told Parliament on Tuesday.
The National Milk Safety and Quality Survey 2018 broadly suggests that milk in India is largely safe, said Minister of State for Health Ashwini Kumar Choubey.
He said the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had initiated the Nationwide Qualitative Screening of milk samples for on-spot qualitative and quantitative analysis of milk samples for quality parameters like fat, solids-not-fat (SNF), added water, protein content and safety parameters including adulterants, antibiotics and pesticide covering around 1,100 towns across the country.
The survey was initiated in May 2018 with a sample size of around 6,000 samples for qualitative analysis and 1,800 samples for quantitative analysis.
The interim report of the National Milk Safety and Quality Survey 2018 was released on November 13.
“As per the interim report, about 39 pc of milk samples were non-compliant with reference to quality parameters (fat, SNF, sugar and maltodextrin) but were without any safety issues. Only 9.9 pc samples were found to be unsafe for consumption.
“Thus, National Milk Safety and Quality Survey, 2018 broadly suggests that milk in India is largely safe,” Mr Choubey said.

Action against illegal Genetically Modified foods sought

 

IFSF said it was not satisfied with the inadequate responses of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on the matter of “hazardous” GM foods flooding Indian markets illegally.
Protesting activists demand removal of genetically modified food products from markets outside the FSSAI office in Bengaluru on Monday
BENGALURU: A citizens’ delegation of India For Safe Food (IFSF) on Monday approached the Karnataka Food Safety Commissioner demanding the removal of unapproved Genetically Modified (GM) foods from the market and for penal action to be initiated against violators of laws that regulate GM foods in India.
IFSF said it was not satisfied with the inadequate responses of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on the matter of “hazardous” GM foods flooding Indian markets illegally.
This follows Centre for Science and Environment’s findings that 32% of the food samples it tested were GM positive.
“FSSAI CEO’s statements in this regard are a matter of great concern. Denial of adverse health impacts of GM foods by the food safety regulator does not bode well, and it does not inspire citizen confidence in FSSAI,” IFSF said in a statement. “Further, FSSAI is refusing to implement the legal provisions contained in the Food Safety and Standards Act-2006 when confronted with unapproved and potentially hazardous foods that are being sold. In fact, the 2006 Act calls for action from FSSAI if there is violation of other laws too. However, the CEO gave no assurance to the citizen delegation that met him on August 7 in Delhi.”
IFSF, citing scientific studies, said GM foods are known to cause various health problems, like allergies, organ damage, adverse impacts on growth and development, reproductive health problems, immune system disorders and even cancerous growth, and attributed it to the use of deadly chemicals in GM crop production, including of glyphosate and glufosinate.
Kavitha Kuruganti of the Coalition for a GM-Free India said, “Whose interests is FSSAI protecting by not ordering removal of such unapproved hazardous GM foods from the market?” Sehar Iqbal of Greenpeace India, said, “GM foods have crept into our plates and we have no idea about it! This kind of mass deception is unacceptable and illegal. How safe are we or our children? It’s time that our authorities get their act together and answer some inconvenient questions.”
However, Dr Harshvardhan B, Special Squad, FSSAI Karnataka, told The New Indain Express, “Food Safety Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey has called for a meeting in this regard on August 18. The FSSAI Act does not mention anything about GM Food, so we need guidelines from Delhi to act on it. We don’t know how to identify them and take them off the shelves, so we need to know if they are operating under any specific brand names so that we can take action.”

Mother Dairy – Fungus in product

Dipak Pradhan on Jul 19, 2018 as posted in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum with photos

On[protected] I purchase some Doi form dealer at Parnashree Kolkata 700060. They supply me in difference date. on which some product having maf. Date 09 July’18 Batch No. H8190D3 in we found fungus appear in product. but dealer say exp dated of product 12 days from Mfg. date. ie[protected]. Some snaps of product attached herewith from your reference.

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Complaint marked as Resolved Jul 19, 2018

1) check your product self-life before market.2)pick-up unsold product before expire date so that no expired product comes to the end user. 3) Advice to your dealer and retailer not to sold expired product. 4) check your product quality before market.

 

 

Consumer alert – Maaza – Black particles found in drink

Product : Maaza

Place : Hyderabad

Issue : Black particles found in drink

Consumer complaint as posted by Dhanashree Malla on Dec 14th in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum

I have bought maaza cool drink on 10-dec-17. After we finished half, there is black sticky particle at the down. We then shifted the cool drink in a plastic glass. Its thick black block of particle inside the cool drink. I have taken pics of the bottle batch details and the black particle which we found. Please let me know how to give complaint against this. This is very dangerous for consumer’s health mostly kids who likes to drink maaza.

PESPRO Comments;

Please file a complaint with your area District Designated Officer (Food Safety) along with the evidences you have for initiating regulatory action.