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FSSAI facing Infrasturcture Hurdles

Online food licensing and regn faces manpower & infrastructure hurdles

Even technology has failed to speed up the snail-paced licensing and registration of FBOs procedure being undertaken across the country under the Food Safety & Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.

That is because, fraught with glitches like lack of tech-savvy users and officials and inadequate infrastructure – software, hardware and manpower – the online version of the procedure, which meant the entire process will be completed in a few minutes at the click of a few buttons, has failed to gather steam in most parts of the country where it has been launched in recent times.

While the above-mentioned glitches are a matter of grave concern for now, they are also likely to impact the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India’s (FSSAI) goal of completing the licensing and registration procedure in the country before the deadline – February 4, 2014 – be it manual or online. Interestingly, the deadline has been extended by the Authority twice earlier.

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Equinox Labs to conduct Free Live Webinar on FSSAI Product Approval

This is your chance to gain vital knowledge on FSSAI Product Approval and its impact on the Industry according to your own convenience and Another advantage is that it is ABSOLUTELY FREE.

Mr. Ashwin Bhadri, Head Business Relations & FSSAI Expert – Equinox Labs. Also Author of 13 steps to protect yourself from consumer, will explain the challenges of FSSAI Product Approval faced in the Industry by giving live Customers example.

Throughout the Webinar Equinox experts will cover the insights of FSSAI Product Approval. Plus Experts will be accessible live after the Webinar for your Questions and Queries, where you will be able to chat live and download in depth resources.

The Webinar will include:

  • Who needs to go for Product Approval.
  • New Product Approval Procedure.
  • Product Categorization.
  • Required Documents for Product Approval.
  • Q&A Session.

So Join Mr. Ashwin Bhadri for the Webinar on FSSAI Product Approval.

Date & time: Friday, July 26, 2013 02:00 PM IST

Duration:  90 mins

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Safe street food project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vendors wearing gloves while serving up plates of pani puri or donning a chef’s hat while stirring spicy bhel may soon be a regular sighting to Mumbai’s street food culture.

Street food is set to become certifiably safer with the central government kicking off their Safe Street Food project across fifteen cities in India including Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Ahmadabad, Kolkata, Patna, Lucknow, Varanasi, Dehradun, Bhubaneshwar, Agartala, Jammu, Trivandrum and Chennai. The project will take off in November this year.

Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s (FSSAI) that launched the Safe Street Food project plans to use officials from the state Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) to narrow down food stalls at Juhu and Girgaon Chowpatty as a part of the pilot project.

Prior to the implementation, a detailed project report has been sought by FSSAI from all states. FDA officials are currently seeking information on 80 food stalls in Juhu and 28 stall in Girgaon about their working practices.

“We are closely studying the cooks to see if they maintain hygiene while cooking. We are also observing how they store food and dispose garbage,” said Kamlesh Sankhe, joint commissioner (food), FDA.

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SC asks to curb sale of adulterated milk

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed concern over the sale of adulterated milk in the country, saying it is a serious issue and action needs to be taken by the state governments to curb it.

“It is a very serious issue. There is no doubt that it is happening all over the country. What action is being taken by the government?” a bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and Pinaki Chandra Ghose asked.

The bench directed the governments of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Delhi to file their response stating what action they are taking to put an end to the menace of milk adulteration, after the Centre submitted that it is for the state governments to take action on the issue.

The court said that it would later on expand the ambit of the PIL to include all the states in the country on the issue.

The bench posted the matter for hearing on July 31 and made it clear that no further time will be given to the states to file their submissions.

The court also observed that the adulteration is because of gaps in demand and supply of milk.

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FDA issues food-borne salmonellosis warning

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the national food regulatory body, has issued an advisory following the outbreak of salmonellosis, a food-borne bacterial infection, in the US and New Zealand.

Use of Tahini sesame paste from Turkey in food preparations has been found to be the origin of the infection. The FSSAI issued the advisory in the country because imported sesame paste is used in Indian cuisine and there is a possibility that the product have entered our food chain.

“The particular outbreak appears to be over. But, this product has a long shelf-life and it may still be at people’s homes. The product has been recalled. Consumers unaware of the recall could continue to eat the product and fall sick. Hence, the FSSAI issued an advisory on June 19,” said Shashikant Kekare, joint commissioner (food), Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Pune division.

FDA assistant commissioner Dilip Sangat said, “Soon after receiving the FSSAI’s advisory, we carried out thorough inspections at food stores that stock imported food items. We have not found Tahini sesame paste from Turkey. But there are chances that it may be used in households in Pune. Hence, people need to be made aware that they should immediately stop using the product. We are keeping a vigil to ensure that the product does not enter the city’s imported food supply chain.”

As per the FSSAI’s advisory, the recalled consignment of Tahini sesame paste has expiration dates from January 1 to June 8, 2014 and from October 16, 2014 to March 15, 2015. The manufacturer of the paste in Turkey is called GESAS Genel Gida Sanayi Ve Ticaret A S of Konya, Turkey.

Food-borne salmonella is a leading cause of food-borne illnesses. Traditionally, most cases of salmonellosis were thought to originate from meat and poultry products. But, an increasing number of outbreaks are occurring as a result of contaminated produce, say researchers.

Several produce have been specifically identified in outbreaks, and the ability of salmonella to attach or internalise into vegetables and fruits may be factors that make these items more likely to be salmonella sources. In addition, environmental factors, including contaminated water sources used to irrigate and wash produce or crops, have been implicated in a large number of outbreaks, experts said.

Salmonella is carried by both domesticated and wild animals and can contaminate freshwater by direct or indirect contact. In some cases, direct contact of produce or seeds with contaminated manure or animal waste can lead to contaminated crops.

The US-based Centre for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that consumers do not eat recalled Krinos brand tahini sesame paste and discard any remaining product at homes.

Outbreak of salmonellosis in US

* Total 16 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Montevideo or Salmonella Mbandaka were reported from nine states till June 21

* The number of ill people identified in each state was as follows: California (1), Georgia (1), Iowa (1), Louisiana (1), Minnesota (2), New York (1), North Dakota (1), Texas (7), and Wisconsin (1)

* One patient hospitalised who died later

* Collaborative investigation efforts of state, local, and federal public health and regulatory agencies indicated that tahini sesame paste distributed by Krinos Foods, LLC of Long Island City, New York was the source of this outbreak

Equinox Labs inaugurates 20,000sq ft food testing laboratory in Rabale

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Equinox Labs’ new food testing laboratory in Rabale, Navi Mumbai, was inaugurated by Suresh Deshmukh, joint commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra, recently. The facility, which covers an area of 20,000sq ft, houses microbiology and chemistry laboratories, a seminar hall with a seating capacity of fifty and a sensory evaluation area.

In his inaugural address, Deshmukh said, “There is a dearth of good laboratories in India, and such facilities will fill the gaps in implementing food safety and compliance with the guidelines laid down by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Every food business has to be approved and registered/a licensee under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, and Regulations (FSSR), 2011.”

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Equinox Labs organises workshop on how to face FDA’s food safety audit

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Equinox Labs organised a workshop titled ‘How to face a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) audit’ in Mumbai recently. The objective of the workshop was to address issues related to food safety and to assure full compensation to victims in case of injury and death.

Suresh Deshmukh, joint commissioner, FDA Maharashtra, said, “The Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, lays down provisions for registration and licensing modalities for food business operators (FBOs) till February 5, 2014 will ensure the decentralisation of licensing of food products and easy issuance of licenses within the time frame of two months.”

He further informed, “Only registration would be required for small food business operators. They would not require a license to operate.” The Act would ensure that the regulatory requirements are applied consistently and equitably across sectors and groups.

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FDA issues food-borne salmonellosis warning

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PUNE: The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the national food regulatory body, has issued an advisory following the outbreak of salmonellosis, a food-borne bacterial infection, in the US and New Zealand.

Use of Tahini sesame paste from Turkey in food preparations has been found to be the origin of the infection. The FSSAI issued the advisory in the country because imported sesame paste is used in Indian cuisine and there is a possibility that the product have entered our food chain.

“The particular outbreak appears to be over. However, this product has a long shelf-life and it may still be at people’s homes. The product has been recalled. Consumers unaware of the recall could continue to eat the product and fall sick. Hence, the FSSAI issued an advisory on June 19,” said Shashikant Kekare, joint commissioner (food), Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Pune division.

FDA assistant commissioner Dilip Sangat said, “Soon after receiving the FSSAI’s advisory, we carried out thorough inspections at food stores that stock imported food items. We have not found Tahini sesame paste from Turkey. But there are chances that it may be used in households in Pune. Hence, people need to be made aware that they should immediately stop using the product. We are keeping a vigil to ensure that the product does not enter the city’s imported food supply chain.”

As per the FSSAI’s advisory, the recalled consignment of Tahini sesame paste has expiration dates from January 1 to June 8, 2014 and from October 16, 2014 to March 15, 2015. The manufacturer of the paste in Turkey is called GESAS Genel Gida Sanayi Ve Ticaret A S of Konya, Turkey.

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