FSSAI Begins ‘Safe And Nutritious Food At Workplace’ Initiative Throughout India

According to the report by F&B News, continuing its campaign for safe and nutritious food consumption at homes and schools, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched a countrywide follow-up initiative. This new initiative, ‘Safe and Nutritious Food-SNF@Workplace’ will now focus on food habits at workplaces.
“Since our workforce consumes at least one meal during working hours, behavioural changes at the workplace is critical. And, therefore, a resource book for this initiative, titled The Orange Book, has also been launched. It highlights the role of stakeholders, like administration, canteen, etc.,” stated Agarwal.
“Further, to create a self-propelling and sustainable ecosystem, the regulator has enabled a systematic framework of FSSAI-trained resource persons, health and wellness coordinators and food safety supervisors for every workplace. And a portal, www.snfportal.in/workforce, has also been launched, where interested workplaces can join the movement and access resources, information and links,” he added.
FSSAI also plans to extend this plan to holy places as well. The regulator also plans to reward workplaces who encourage healthy eating. Further, it plans to go beyond the regular canteen and cafeterias and look at development of systematic health ecosystems at workplaces says the report.
“The evaluation criteria would, therefore, include canteen/cafeteria practices and also the system in place to promote health and wellness. The matrix would cover regulatory and voluntary initiatives like ensuring licensed vendors for the kitchen/canteen/caterer, personal hygiene of food handlers and safe food practices as per food safety management service guidelines, display of food safety display boards in kitchens/canteens, having a trained and certified food safety supervisor, etc. There is also a provision for the auditing of the workplaces,” added Agarwal.

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Consumer alert – Plastic found in Burger

In his complaint, Rajesh Kumar said he was eating a “veg burger”, and while taking the last bite, he felt a sharp object enter his throat.

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Kumar claimed a part of the plastic entered his stomach while the other got stuck between his teeth. (Representational image)

A man had to be hospitalised after he ingested a piece of plastic while eating a burger from the Burger King restaurant at Rajiv Chowk Metro station. The incident took place on May 13, following which the man was taken to Lady Hardinge Hospital. DCP (Metro) Deepak Gauri said, “We have registered a case. The shift supervisor, Tushar, was arrested and later released on bail.”

In his complaint, Rajesh Kumar said he was eating a “veg burger”, and while taking the last bite, he felt a sharp object enter his throat. Police said the plastic caused an injury to his pharynx.

Kumar claimed a part of the plastic entered his stomach while the other got stuck between his teeth.

“I felt like vomiting and got anxious… I then contacted police,” he wrote in his complaint.

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FSSAI looking at global norms to finalise labelling regulations

Companies voice concern over colour-coded labels
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is looking at global models adopted by various countries for labelling standards of packaged foods. This is being done before the Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations, 2018, is finalised by the government.
In April, the regulator released the draft of the labelling regulations which has proposed front-of-the- pack nutritional information, besides red colour coded labels for foods which have high levels of fat, sugar and salt content. Some food companies have raised concerns about the red colour-coded labels.
Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI, said, “Food businesses have no issues with front-of-pack labelling. They have raised concerns regarding the thresholds and colour-coded labels for HFSS foods. We are looking at various global models such as the Australia-New Zealand model that has voluntary star rating or the Mexico and UK model. We are seeking comments and views from stakeholders on the same before we finalise the labelling regulations.”
The labelling regulations are likely to be finalised in the next two-three months.
“We want food businesses to begin taking cognisance of the fact that whatever they produce is important from a public health perspective and not just from their bottomline perspective. It is being done in consumer interest. We have asked food companies for their gameplan to look at launching healthier food options in the market,” he added.
FSSAI has also proposed that a company must make a declaration on the label in case its food product has 5 per cent or more of genetically engineered or genetically modified ingredients. “This has been proposed to increase consumer awareness. Imported GM food is coming to India whether its in the form of soya products and edible oils. In case of oils, GM is negligible.” he added.
Transfat content
Asked about the launch of WHO’s plan to remove transfat from the global food supply, Agarwal said, “We are also working on a goal to make India trans-fat free by 2022. The permitted levels of trans-fat content in edible oils has been set at 5 per cent. We are conducting various studies and getting opinions of experts on whether this needs to be further reduced.”
Meanwhile, FSSAI on Tuesday launched a nation-wide campaign to promote safe and nutritious food at workplace called SNF@Workplace . This has been done to encourage companies to ensure nutritious and hygienic food is served and consumed by their workforce in offices. FSSAI has also launched the ‘The Orange Book: Your Guide to Safe and Nutritious Food at the Workplace’ to highlight the role to be played by key stakeholders such as the administration, canteen establishment and the employees in ensuring safe and nutritious food at the workplace.

Consumer alert – Adyar Anandha Bhavan – Rotten sweets

Consumer complaint as posted by Gomathi Balasubramanian on May 14-2018 in Indian Consumer Complaints Forum

I bought some sweets from bannerghata road a2b. One box of sweet alone 900rs. I bought on thursday. Friday morning i went to relative home and opened the sweets. All the sweet got fungus on top with very bad smell. Great disappointed and very guilty situation for me. A2b don’t do robbery from ppl. Have a heart and try to be little honesty at least. Hell sweet shop A2B. If you want to kill anyone you can buy and give this shop sweets.