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Delhi, India: CAIT team meets FSSAI officials; seeks clarification on ambiguous rules

A delegation of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) met officials of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in New Delhi on May 2, 2012, and presented a memorandum to the Authority, drawing its attention towards a number of anomalies, discrepancies and ambiguities in the controversial Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, and its rules and regulations.

While the country’s apex food regulator was represented at the meeting by S S Ghonkrokta, director, enforcement, and K Madhavan, assistant director, enforcement, among others; the traders’ body was represented by B C Bhartia, its national president, and Praveen Khandelwal, its general secretary. “In our memorandum, we also stated the differences in the provisions of the Act and those of the rules and regulations,” Khandelwal informed FnB News.

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Karnataka, India: Ban gutkha, Centre tells Karnataka; CM unaware of advisory

The Union ministry of health and family welfare has issued a letter advising the state government to ban sale of gutkha (pan masala with tobacco) to prevent its adverse impacts on health due to increasing consumption.

The letter, dated April 25, has been sent to principal secretary, health, EV Ramana Reddy, by the special secretary of Union ministry of health and family welfare, Keshav Desiraju, in the background of growing concern among city oncologists over increasing number of oral cancer cases due to consumption of tobacco in the smokeless form.

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Delhi, India: HC asks panel on pesticides to frame guidelines by mid August

The Delhi High Court today directed an experts committee set up by it to frame guidelines within three months to check presence of pesticide residues in fruit and vegetables available in open market in the city.

A bench of justices S K Kaul and Rajiv Shakdher also accepted a plea of pesticide manufacturers seeking a direction to the panel to allow their suggestions while framing the guidelines. The court directed the six-member committee of experts to file its report containing the guidelines by August 17.

The bench also included Dr Sandhya Kulshrestha, Secretary of the Central Insecticide Board and Registration Committee, in the panel. Taking suo motu cognisance of a media report, the court had set up the committee in May 10, 2011 to periodically examine the fruits and vegetables available in the open market to check if they contain pesticide residues.

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