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New Delhi, India: Soon alcohol content in alcoholic beverages to be regulated

Alcohol content in your favourite bottle of beer, wine and spirit is all set to go under scrutiny in the country.

For the first time, India`s food regulator FSSAI has finalised draft standards for all categories of alcoholic beverages like wine, beer, whisky, rum, gin and vodka to set the maximum permissible limits of alcohol in these drinks and thus, mandate safety standards.

The draft standards will come up for final discussions at the forthcoming meeting of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, the apex food regulator, which plans to notify these by July 1.

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India: Gutkha ban may not have long term impact on market

A ban on Gutkha by some States may have a temporary impact on the arecanut market. But it will help the commodity in the long run. Some arecanut growers and cooperatives feel that the ban on ‘paan masala’ is a little worrisome.

Kerala became the second State after Madhya Pradesh to impose a ban on gutkha and paan masala on Friday.

Mr Ravish Hegde, Managing Director of the Sirsi-based Totagars’ Cooperative Sale Society (which is actively involved in arecanut trade), told Business Linethat the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has classified arecanut as a food item.

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India: Functional foods and beverages conference to commence in Mumbai on July 25

The third edition of the annual Functional Food & Beverages India, organised by UBM India Pvt Ltd, will commence in Mumbai on July 25, 2012, and will go on for the next two days. There will be a workshop on women’s health and infant nutrition on the opening day, and a strategic conference on July 26 and 27.

The women’s health and infant nutrition workshop will cover topics like types of foods specific to women’s and infant nutrition; targeting different age groups within women and infants, and application of functional foods to solve health problems in women and infants.

Sanjeev Ganguly, medical director, South Asia region, Nestle India; Ravi Vaishyanath, vice-president, marketing, infant nutrition, Wockhardt, and Priti Baijal, associate director, regulatory and medical affairs, Ranbaxy Global Consumer Healthcare, will be the speakers at the conference.

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India: Food body to set alcohol limits

 

 

 

 

With an aim to maintain the safety standards of alcoholic beverages, the food regulator — Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) — is ready to set permissible limits of alcohol in alcoholic beverages like wine, beer, rum, gin, vodka etc.

The draft standards will come up for final discussions at the forthcoming meeting of the FSSAI next month.
So far, there was no benchmarking in place for prescribing safe and permissible limits of alcohol in drinks.
Once notified, the new standards will have to be adhered by all branded alcoholic beverages that are permitted for sale in India as per the current licensing regulations.

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Bidar, Bangalore: Sriramulu’s march is also a foodathon

For the participants in the long march from Bidar to Bangalore undertaken by former minister B Sreeramulu, it is more a foodathon than a walkathon.

The supporters, accompanying Sriramulu on his padayatra, which began at Basavakalyan in Bidar district on April 24 and will end in Bangalore on June 17, are getting to enjoy mouth-watering dishes.

The sweets and savouries include rave unde, kobbari vade, Belgaum kunda and holige prepared from groundnuts, sev and Dharwad peda as the padayatris make their way through the north Karnataka districts suffering from an acute drought.

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Everything in food supply chain is under Food Safety Act

Everything under the food supply chain, post-farm level, till it reaches consumer, comes under the Food Safety and Standards Act.

Mr Ujjwal Kumar, Country Head, CQM Quality Management Pvt Ltd, said this at the inauguration of a training programme on the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA) at the Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) here on Wednesday.

CQM Quality Management Pvt Ltd is a certification body approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Giving the example of ‘chapati’, he said the farmer who grows wheat and the consumer who eats chapatti are exempted from this Act. Even the transportation of wheat from farmers’ field to the nearest ‘mandi’ is covered under the Act.

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Gurgaon: Grand carnival for kids

The country is about to host its first World Children Expo in Gurgaon, later this month. The expo will focus on Children between 0-14 years of age and will host many events centering around seven different sectors including entertainment, education, technology, clothing and apparel, food and beverages, healthcare, toys and FMCGs.

“World Children Expo 2012 aims to bring forth brands who are constantly and devotedly involved in producing and promoting kids’ essentials. It offers a grand stage for latest entrants in the kids market too. We are hoping that the expo will become a one stop destination for parents who are looking at finding the latest goods for their kids,” said Rahul Gupta, Director and CEO, Creative Children Media.

Anjum Chopra, former skipper, Indian women’s team and popular TV cricket expert, will be there at the World Children Expo 2012 as a special guest. She will be presenting autographed mini bats to the children at the expo.

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Delhi, India:S N Mohanty takes over as FSSAI CEO, replacing V N Gaur

V N Gaur, who served as the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India for about three years, bid the post adieu. The country’s apex food regulatory body, through its website, informed that S N Mohanty replaced him recently.

During Gaur’s tenure, he resolved a number of issues, including the food import clearance system; online central licencing; responsibilities of food business operators (FBOs); linkages with institutions like the National Institute of Nutrition (NIN), Hyderabad, etc.

Among Mohanty’s responsibilities would be to ensure that the initiatives in the pipeline are approved. Once that is done, enforcement and surveillance will become a simple but effective method of governance of food safety.

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Mangalore, India:Obtain license under FSSA before August 5

All those engaged in food business are required to obtain license or renew their existing license on or before August 5, 2012. Non compliance with the provisions of this Act and its rules would conform to offences and attract severe penalties or punishments.

This was informed by CQM Quality Management Private Limited Country Head Ujjwal Kumar during a training programme on ‘Food Safety and Standard Act (FSSA)-2006’ organised by Kanara Chamber for Commerce and Industry, held on Wednesday.

Kumar said that the Act has been implemented on August 5, 2011 and with the implementation of this Act, it becomes obligatory on all food business operators to obtain license under this Act.

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Mangalore, India: Food safety norms set to get tougher from August

All food business operators (FBO)- from transporters to sellers – will need to comply with the rules under Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act 2006 by applying for license before August 4. It will become obligatory on all FBOs including big hoteliers, small canteens, road side vendors, wholesalers, retailers, stockists’ and food item sellers including grocers to obtain licences under the act.

Ujjwal Kumar, country head of CQM Quality Management Private Limited, the certification body approved by the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), said that non-compliance with the provisions of the act and its rules would conform to offences and would attract penalties upto Rs 10 lakh and a maximum punishment of life imprisonment depending on the nature of the offence.

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ll food business operators (FBO)- from transporters to sellers – will need to comply with the rules under Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act 2006 by applying for license before August 4. It will become obligatory on all FBOs including big hoteliers, small canteens, road side vendors, wholesalers, retailers, stockists’ and food item sellers including grocers to obtain licences under the act.

Ujjwal Kumar, country head of CQM Quality Management Private Limited, the certification body approved by the Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), said that non-compliance with the provisions of the act and its rules would conform to offences and would attract penalties upto Rs 10 lakh and a maximum punishment of life imprisonment depending on the nature of the offence.

New Delhi, India: What food labels don’t say

Walk through the aisles of any grocery superstore, and as you explore the massive range of packaged food that surrounds you from every corner, you might think you’ve stepped into a hub for all that is healthy. Colourful labels on boxes of cream cookies scream “sugar-free”, chocolate cereal bars are “made with wholegrains”, there are “fat-free” gummy bears and licorice sticks, and “all natural” fruit juices. It seems almost too hard to go wrong.

But behind each claim, no matter how boldly displayed on package labels, is the fine print that questions its legitimacy, and begs to ask – just how healthy is what you’re eating everyday? “Most claims on labels are incorrect, not scientifically proven, or highly exaggerated,” says Dr Anoop Misra, director, Fortis-C-DOC Centre of Excellence for Diabetes, Metabolic Diseases and Endocrinology. “Unrelated claims also tend to be misleading. Candy is obviously fat-free, but advertising that makes consumers overlook the fact that it is pure sugar,” adds fitness expert Raghav Pande.

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Himachal Pradesh, India: India’s New Olive Oil Sector

The olive oil market in India is growing at a rate of 50 percent and production, beginning very soon, will increases this potential and demand.

Olive oil in India is in its nascent stage accounting for just about 0.1 percent of the 3.5 million tons of the branded edible oil market in the world’s second most populous country.

The Indian consumer typically adopts multiple oils at the same time. Oils are matched to recipes and the intensity of usage varies. With this in mind and with imports increasing to 6,798 MT there is a huge growth prospect in plantations. These little green bulbs have the potential to change the fortunes of farmers.

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India: SC notices to Centre, states on PIL to check synthetic milk

 

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought the response of the Centre and various state governments on a plea for checking sale of synthetic and adulterated milk and various dairy products.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SH Kapadia issued notices to the Centre and the state governments of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi on a PIL which also sought framing of a “comprehensive” policy on the production, supply and sale of healthy, hygienic and natural milk.

The plea filed by a group of citizens, led by Swami Achyutanand Tirth of Uttarakhand, said synthetic and adulterated milk and milk products are prepared using urea, detergent, refined oil, caustic soda, white paint etc which, according to studies, are “very hazardous” to human life and can cause serious diseases like cancer.

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Hyderbad, India: Hotel menus to carry info on salt, fat content

With neutraceutical firms and other energy food firms making tall claims and misleading public, the Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI) will notify additional norms in a month to keep tabs on advertisements by such firms.

After considering public opinion, these norms would be made part of the Food Safety and Standards (packaging and labelling) regulations, 2011.

“They need to support their claims with scientific evidence. The Authority will make it mandatory for firms to indicate details on the packages. If they do not live up to the claims, they have to change the ads,” Mr B Sesikeran, Chairman of Scientific Panel on food Labelling and Director of the National Institute of Nutrition, said.

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Delhi, India: These fruits are artificially ripened

But have you noticed off late that the shiny yellow bananas, papayas and mangoes you get home, turn out to be only partially ripe and not so tasty. Also, if you overdose on them, they not only cause stomach upset but even mouth ulcers and throat infections.

This is no co-incidence. A lot of fruit are being ripened artificially with the help of unhealthy chemicals. As for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) which is supposed to control these malpractices, it seems disinterested in stopping the trend.

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But have you noticed off late that the shiny yellow bananas, papayas and mangoes you get home, turn out to be only partially ripe and not so tasty. Also, if you overdose on them, they not only cause stomach upset but even mouth ulcers and throat infections.

This is no co-incidence. A lot of fruit are being ripened artificially with the help of unhealthy chemicals. As for the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) which is supposed to control these malpractices, it seems disinterested in stopping the trend.

Hyderabad, India: Research on to make Kesari dal safe for consumption

With research on Kesari dal proving beyond doubt that its consumption would result in paralysis, scientists are now exploring the possibility of removing toxicity from the dal at the cultivation stage itself so that it can be safely consumed by common man.

An international conference on ‘Recent trends in Lathyrus Sativus research’ will be organised in the city on November 8-9, 2012 on how to facilitate consumption of Kesari dal, without the toxicity that leads to paralysis. “The benefits of consumption of Kesari dal are plenty. But our experiments had proved that consumption of high quantity of Kesari dal would result in paralysis, but we are not stopping at that,” said Dr Arjun L Khandare, deputy director, Food and Drug Toxicology Research Centre (FDTRC), National Institute of Nutrition (NIN).

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Thiruvallur’s, India: Thiruvallur FSO now harasses cold storage unit

Thiruvallur’s food safety officer (FSO) has issued an illegal statutory notice to a cold storage unit on Thiruvallur High Road in Kodavuli, a village in the district. It stated that the owner of the unit has not obtained a licence under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, despite reminders via mail and text messages.

Claiming that he had paid frequent visits to the cold storage unit and handed over the licence documents to its owner in person, the FSO said every correspondence had gone unheeded and that a number of provisions of the Act were contravened. And for that, he warned the owner of the cold storage unit that he would impose hefty fines and sentence him to imprisonment.

Informing FnB News about the incident via e-mail, P Subash Chandra Bose, vice-president, Tamil Nadu Foodgrains Merchants’ Association (TNFMA), said the FSO threatened to book the owner of the cold storage unit under six Sections of the Act: Sections 55; 56; 58 (under which contraventions carry a liability of Rs 2 lakh); 59; 61 and 62.

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Tamil Nadu, India: Plea not to allow FDI in food processing sector

CHENNAI: An industry lobby, representing small traders in Tamil Nadu, appealed to the Centre not to allow FDI in food processing sector, expressing fear that it would take away lot of jobs.

“Our request is not to allow FDI in food processing”, Federation of Tamil Nadu Rice Mill Owners and Paddy-Rice Dealers Association, President, D Thulasingam told reporters here.

Observing that many jobs, direct or indirect, would be lost due to this move, he said they had presented a memorandum to the State Government in this regard, highlighting their concern.

“We have already met senior government officials and expressed our unhappiness. Recently, we submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister cell”, he said.

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India: Specify contaminant level in water used for food, says FSSAI expert panel

 

An expert committee on water constituted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has proposed that standards should specify the “maximum contaminant level acceptable for the water as an ingredient of food” and the adjacent column of “permissible limit” in the absence of “alternate source” to be deleted.

Also, with regard to the pesticide residues it has been suggested to prescribe limit of total pesticide residue of 0.0005 mg/lt as prescribed in packaged drinking water standards.

As per the FSS (licensing and registration of food business operators) Regulations, 2011, it is mandatory to provide analyst’s report of water to be used as an ingredient of food while applying for license to state/ Central licensing authority.

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