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Please wash your hands, Mr Street food vendor

Even though the city fumes over the unhygienic practices of street food vendors, some say the ones in Koramangala can set an example for the rest to follow

Remember “Emploice Muswasands” from Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator? Well, street food vendors in India have been told to do just that: must wash hands. While hard core street food lovers would agree that cheap, roadside fast food doesn’t taste the same in a hygienic food court without the street dust and grime, the next-gen Indian is becoming increasingly conscious of the hygiene levels.

India has sported a long history of street food peddlers where a weekend outing for children would be to the nearest pani puri wallah. So the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) along with National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) have begun training sessions for street food vendors in the country to help them become more hygienic.

Detergent found in packaged milk

Srinagar, Dec 17: After the expose of spurious drug scam in Kashmir, it has now come to fore that a leading brand of packaged milk available in Kashmir market contains detergent.

An official report accessed by Greater Kashmir reveals that Central Food Laboratory Kolkata has confirmed the presence of detergent in a sample of milk lifted from Kashmir. The sample was tested in the laboratory on November 25 this year.
The laboratory report states that the sample has also failed to conform to various other standards stipulated under laws and regulations.
“The sample does not conform to the standards as laid down under Regulation no. 2.1.1(1) of  Food Safety and Standards (Food Products and Food Additive) Regulations, 2011, since the sample shows milk fat and B.R. at 40 C (Extracted fat) lower than the prescribed limit,” the report states.
“It also contravenes regulation no. 2.2.2(10) and (iii) of Food Safety and Standards (Packing and Labeling) Regulations, 2011, for not mentioning best-before date and symbol of veg. food on the label,” it adds.
The report terms the sample as “sub-standard, unsafe and misbranded.”
In 2012, a survey by Food Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) revealed that 80 per cent of milk sold in Jammu and Kashmir contains adulterants.
Out of 18 samples picked up from different parts of the State by the FSSAI, 15 were found contaminated with glucose and skimmed milk powder.
The samples were tested as part of a survey to ascertain the quality of milk and identify different type of adulteration the liquid milk throughout India.
Only yesterday, Fennel (Saunf) powder manufactured by a leading local company was found containing coloring agents Carmoisine and Tartrazine that are unsafe for human health.
Earlier this year, several medicines supplied to government hospitals were found of sub-standard quality.

Food safety rules to be implemented by Feb 2014

GUWAHATI: The state health and family welfare department has urged all food business operators in the state to implement the guidelines of the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSS), 2006, before February 4, 2014. Accordingly, all operators will have to acquire food licenses and register before the deadline.

The measure will help the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, an agency of the Union ministry of health and family welfare, protect and promote public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

“It will be helpful for us to trace vendors for any follow-up action and address the needs of consumers. It will also help maintain a record of vendors. Introduction of good manufacturing practices and good hygienic practices is another aspect of this act,” said Samiran Baruah, food safety officer.

Karnataka to bring legislation to control adulterated milk production

The state government is all set bring in a legislation to punish the guilty dealing with adulterated milk supply.

Following Supreme Court’s observation on December 5, the law and health are meeting on Thursday to discuss the modalities and set the ball rolling for the legislation. Law minister TB Jayachandra told reporters on Monday that necessary amendments to the existing or a fresh law would be introduced. “Milk coming from other states, supplied in border areas are reported of adulteration. Government will strictly deal with this,” he said.

The SC has asked state governments to make necessary amendments to their laws to make production and marketing of adulterated milk, which is injurious to human consumption, an offence punishable with life.