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Food safety not in unsafe hands

NEW DELHI: Despite their doubtful hygiene, it is hard to resist the golgappas, aloo tikkis, ram laddoos, momos, etc., sold on the roadside. Though Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has formulated guidelines to regulate this unorganized sector, Delhi government has failed to effectively implement them. Now, the street vendors, themselves, are coming together to ensure acceptable standards of food quality and hygiene.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative, National Association of Street Vendors of India has launched a catering service to be run and managed by street vendors. “If street vendors want to be taken serious, they will have to stand united. This initiative will give street vendors an opportunity to expand their base. Through this, we can keep a check on the quality of food served and hygiene standards maintained by street vendors,” NASVI president Arbind Singh said.

On Monday, NASVI organized a large scale workshop on hygiene and food safety for street vendors. Street vendors from across the city were taught ways to maintain food quality and also informed about how this will help boost their income. “There is a need to create awareness about food safety among public and street vendors. If customers demand it, they will be forced to maintain hygiene. This will result in increase in their monthly income as they can charge more for providing good quality food,” said K Chandramouli, chairperson, FSSAI, who inaugurated the workshop.

Delhi was one of the first states to implement the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006. But sources in FSSAI claim it has failed to deliver the goods. “There are many states which have done a lot of work to streamline street food vendors. But Delhi has not done much,” said a senior official.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India to conduct periodic checks of soft drinks

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to monitor and conduct periodic checks of all carbonated soft drinks as the issue relates to citizens’ fundamental right to life guaranteed under the Constitution.

A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and A K Sikri passed the direction while disposing of a PIL that had sought constitution of a separate panel to regulate soft drinks to protect citizens from their “deleterious effects”.

“The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India will conduct periodic checks of the carbonated drinks,” the bench said, adding the matter relates to the fundamental right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.

The apex court had on December 13, 2012, reserved its order on a PIL filed in 2004 for setting up a committee to evaluate the alleged harmful effects of soft drinks on human health and to properly label the beverages, detailing their ingredients.

Worms found in sandwich served on Air India flight

The incident occurred on Air India flight (AI102) with a Rajouri Garden resident who asked for a sandwich and was served an infested one, sources said.

The incident occurred on Air India flight (AI102) with a Rajouri Garden resident who asked for a sandwich and was served an infested one, sources said.

NEW DELHI: An Air India flier got the shock of his life when he found worms in the sandwichserved to him on a New York-Delhi flight.
The incident occurred on Air India flight (AI102) with a Rajouri Garden resident who asked for a sandwich and was served an infested one, sources said.
He complained with Air India authorities at the airport after arriving in Delhi on September 28, but claimed to have not received a response for a fortnight about the action taken in that regard.
When asked, an Air India spokesperson said that “suitable action had already been taken against the caterer”.
He termed the incident as “very rare” and said, “We get our food prepared by the best caterers under very hygienic conditions”, adding that Air India follows the “strictest procedure” for selecting a caterer.

Equinox Labs introduces link between FSSA & pest control at India Pest

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India Pest 2013 – a three day event that took place in Hyderabad recently – was hosted by Stelson Quadros, secretary, Indian Pest Control Association (IPCA). Ashwin Bhadri, head, business relations, Equinox Laboratories in mumbai, spoke about the introduction to the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006, and its co-relation to pest control and pest management. At the session, which was pest control experts, he spoke about the opportunities that lie within the pest control industry.

Speakers from Bayer and Intensive Pest Control Pvt Ltd made presentations. Jason Nash of Bayer moderated a panel discussion on bio-control in termite management. The panelists included Dr Shrinivas, Dr Ashish and Dr K Malla. Ganesh spoke about fumigation and its importance to the Indian economy. The highlight of the post-lunch session was a networking and stall visit, with closing comments by D D K Sharma, additional plant protection advisor, Plant Quarantine Division.

The first session of the afternoon was titled ‘BASF and professional pest management’. It was delivered by Hans Athaide, development and regulatory affairs manager, Pest Control Solutions, Asia Pacific, BASF South East Asia Pvt Ltd, Singapore. It was followed by a panel discussion titled ‘Efficacy of rodent repellers’.