Monday, December 23, 2013

LICENSE AND REGISTRATION UNDER FOOD SAFETY ACT MANDATORY

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a notification that the last date for obtaining licence or registration by Food Business Operators (FBOs) under the Food Safety and Standards Act will be February 4.All FBOs which have not obtained FSSA licence/ registration till now should apply immediately, the notification said. "Operating food businesses without a licence or registration will attract a penalty up to Rs. 5 lakh and imprisonment up to six months",the notification added.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

FOOD PARKS TO BE SET UP IN NEXT THREE MONTHS

The government will set up three mega food parks in our country during the next six months with each project attracting an investment of Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore, a top official said.

The Food Processing Ministry has approved 30 mega food park to provide remunerative price to farmers, reduce wastage of agricultural produce, build capacity of producers and processors and create efficient supply chain from farm to market. 

Each project is expected to generate employment for about 30,000 persons and maximum grant admissible from government for a mega food park is Rs 50 crore. 

"The three food parks will come up in Punjab, Kolkata and Bangalore in the next 6 months. Already two food parks are in operation in Patanjali in Uttarakhand and Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh," Food Processing Secretary Mr.Siraj Hussain told . 
He was speaking on the sidelines of the 'National Food Safety and Quality Summit', organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry ( CII). Hussain added that each park will have 25-30 units with an expected investment of Rs 400 crore to Rs 500 crore. He also added,"The food processing sector has registered growth of 8.6 per cent in last ten years, at a much higher rate as compare to agriculture and manufacturing." 

Speaking at the function, he also highlighted the need for creating awareness about regulations and standards for food formulated by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) among people and professionals. 

He also stressed that it is important for the public sector organisation to start obtaining approvals and complying with the food safety regulations. 

In his keynote address, Adviser FSSAI and Chairperson Codex Alimentarius Commission Sanjay Dave said: "Consumers are rapidly moving towards safe foods, standards and regulations have to be made effective." 

Speaking at the same function Executive Director PepsiCo India Holdings Vivek Bharti said, "Indian industry needs to be globally competitive and assured that the industry is united towards one goal 'food safety for consumers'."  

Monday, November 11, 2013

FSSAI sets Feb 4, 2014, as final deadline for registration & licensing

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has set the final deadline as February 4, 2014, for the food business operators to register and obtain licenses under Food Safety and Standards (Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses) Regulations, 2011.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

FOOD SAFETY THROUGH SOCIAL NETWORK.

                                   


Welcoming the young and tech-savvy to rep­ort on food ad­u­l­te­ra­tion, food safety officials have asked them to post their com­pl­a­ints on Facebook. City food safety officials wi­ll take complaints fr­om consumers on adulterated sweets and snacks sold in this manner.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

WORLD FOOD DAY CELEBRATIONS.


DESIGNATED OFFICER AND FOOD SAFETY OFFICER
EVALUATING THE FOOD EXHIBITION.
                     Last week, the Bureau of  Indian Standards in cooperation with the  FEDCOT (Federation of Consumer Associations of Tamilnadu and Pondichery) organised World Food Day celebrations at Sarah Tucker College, Perumalpuram in Tirunelveli.

Friday, October 25, 2013

SAFE FOOD FROM THE HANDS OF STREET VENDORS



                  Delhi’s eclectic range of street food is known and loved for many things. Hygiene is not among them. The capital where thousands of vendors sell snacks and meals from carts, stalls and the back of bicycles, lends its name to the stomach upset known to travelers as Delhi Belly and has a reputation for requiring diners to have a strong digestive system. Now, government officials and a group representing the street vendors themselves want to change that.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Packaged water makers must get NoC from all the appropriate authorities : Green Tribunal

                               Packaged drinking water manufacturers should get no objection certificate (NoC) from all appropriate government authorities including the Directorate of Food Safety and Standards Authority before applying for pollution control board, the Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal has said. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

BLANKET BAN ON TOBACCO PRODUCTS

            

         
        The Union health ministry  favored banning of all kinds of gutka saying the poor are vulnerable to it but expressed reservation on banning cigarette as it is not "affordable to everyone" and endorsed a ban on the manufacture and sale of all forms of nicotine-laced pan masala, gutka and chewing tobacco, telling the Supreme Court that the economic cost of tobacco use far outweigh revenues from its sale.

Monday, September 23, 2013

GUEST LECTURE ON 'FOOD SAFETY MEASURES'.



         Sometime back in July-2013, I received a call in my cellphone. Swami Garishtanandha from Coimbatore, Sri Ramakrishna Mission Vidyalaya College asked me to come for delivering a guest lecture for three days in the five days' celebration of Golden Jubilee function of their college. I accepted for two days program and delivering guest lecture on "Food Safety Measures" in their Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Friday, July 26, 2013

CONTACT DETAILS OF VIRUDUNAGAR DISTRICT FOOD SAFETY OFFICERS.

                        THE CONTACT NUMBERS OF THE DESIGNATED OFFICER AND THE FOOD SAFETY OFFICERS  OF VIRUDUNAGAR DISTRICT :

THE CONTACT DETAILS OF THIRUVARUR DISTRICT FOOD SAFETY OFFICERS.

THE CONTACT DETAILS OF FOOD SAFETY OFFICERS WORKING IN THIRUVARUR DISTRICT OF TAMILNADU :

Saturday, July 20, 2013

CONTACT DETAILS OF FOOD SAFETY OFFICERS WORKING IN TIRUNELVELI DISTRICT,TAMILNADU

THE CONTACT DETAILS OF FOOD SAFETY OFFICERS WORKING IN TIRUNELVELI DISTRICT OF TAMILNADU :

Monday, May 20, 2013

TAMILNADU FOOD SAFETY HELPLINE


                   The Tamilnadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department has come out with a novel idea of creating a Helpline Cell Number for the benefit of the public and the Food Business Operators. The public and the Food Business Operators can make use of the helpline during office hours i.e. 10.00 am to 5.45 pm on all working days.


Helpline Cell No. 9444042322
Commissionerate of Food safety and
Drug Administration,
5th Floor, DMS Office Building,
Chennai- 600 006.

Friday, May 17, 2013

FSSAI's PROCEDURE FOR PRODUCT APPROVAL 

                                        The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has today released the procedure for "PRODUCT APPROVAL" 

Thursday, May 16, 2013

PANMASALA, GUTKHA BANNED IN TAMILNADU

                                      The Honourable Chief Minister of Tamilnadu on 08.05.2013 has announced in the State Assembly that the sale,distribution, manufacture of Panmasala and Gutkha containing tobacco as ingredient will be banned in Tamilnadu.
                                      Based on the announcement, the Tamilnadu, Commissioner of Food Safety and Drug Administration Department has given a circular to his subordinates for better legal implementation of the ban.

                         It is a welcome measure taken to save thousands from oral cancer. 

Monday, April 29, 2013

RAIDS CONDUCTED TO ENSURE SAFE FOOD.


                          Following instructions from the Commissioner of Food Safety, Thiru.Kumar Jeyanth, I.A.S., to check the quality of cooldrinks, packaged drinking water sold in heavily crowded places during this summer season, six teams were formed in Tirunelveli district.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

SHOP KEEPER CONVICTED FOR VIOLATION OF PFA ACT AND RULES.

THE HINDU-14.03.13
                              It has become very difficult to find safe food in the market today. The Prevention of Food Adulteration Act and Rules were enacted with an aim to ensure unadulterated food  availability. The Act and Rules has prescribed minimum standards which are to be followed scrupulously by the vendors. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

HOW TO FIND OUT THE LPG CYLINDERS CONSUMED IN A FINANCIAL YEAR


Do you want to know how many LPG cylinders you have consumed till date in FY 2012-13 ?

a) Visit petroleum Ministry’s web site http://petroleum.nic.in/

b) You can see a small hotlink on its right side top panel, where the words “LPG Portal” keeps blinking.
c) Click on “LPG Portal” and it will open to a page that gives interactive cloud-blurbs like “Rate a Distributor”, “find multiple connections in the same name” etc., etc.
d) In this screen, on the right side bottom portion, you can see logos that are linked to your own LPG supplier – Indane, Bharatgas and HP Gas.
e) This will lead you to “Transparency Portal” where you are required to give inputs like State, City and Distributor name details.
f) After clicking “Proceed” button, you can see next screen where you have to give your consumer number / your name for search.
g) Here, you can find out the No. of LPG cylinders issued under your consumer number in Financial Year 2012-2013.
As you are aware, you are eligible for 6 cylinders (now 9 cylinders) at concessional rate and any additional cylinder will be very costly.
Plan your consumption to save a few hundred rupees.
Please send to as many people as you can.
It will be helpful for them to claim their subsidized cylinders.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

TIMELIMIT EXTENDED FOR OBTAINING LICENCE/REGISTRATION

                              Today, a statutory advisory has been issued extending the time limit for conversion/renewal of existing licence.



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

RULINGS IN FAVOUR OF PROSECUTION.

                                 
                       There are so many rulings reported in Law journals. Many rulings help us to win the cases filed by us. Whenever, I face difficulty in conducting the case or interference , I used to rely upon the recent rulings of Honourable High court and the Supreme court. 

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

ORIENTATION TRAINING FOR FOOD SAFETY OFFICERS.


                        The Commissionerate of Food Safety,Tamilnadu has arranged orientation training for the Food Safety Officers in ten batches. The training for the first batch was inaugurated by the  Commissioner Thiru.KUMAR JAYANT,I.A.S., on 28.01.2013 in the Institute of Public Health, Poonamali at Chennai.

TIME EXTENSION GRANTED BY FSSA.

THIS TIME EXTENSION IS WITH REGARD TO FOOD PRODUCTS STANDARDS AND FOOD ADDITIVES ONLY.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

CLARIFICATION FOR LICENCES TO BE OBTAINED BY FBOs

Documents to be enclosed for new application for license to State/Central Licensing Authority
1. Form-B duly completed and signed (in duplicate) by the proprietor/ partner or the authorised signatory 
2. Blueprint/layout plan of the processing unit showing the dimensions in metres/square metres and operation-wise area allocation. 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

TUTICORIN PORT TRUST GUEST LECTURE

                                     On the New Year eve, Thiru.S.Natarajan, the Chairman of the Port Trust, Tuticorin invited me to give a guest lecture on Food Safety to the staffs of the Port Trust. I accepted his invitation and attended the month end retirement function at the Port Trust campus.
ADDRESSING THE PORT TRUST STAFFS.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

HOW TO ASSIGN REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE NUMBER IN 2013?


    MY DEAR FOOD SAFETY OFFICER FRIENDS:

HOW TO ASSIGN REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE NUMBER IN 2013?

Usually, we assign the number in R.C as below:

2 ** 13 $$$  XXXXXX  

In this           2      means the Registration Certificate.

                  **   denotes the District code.

                   13   denotes the year 2013

                 $$$   denotes the code number of the Food Safety Officer

  XXXXXX   denotes the serial number of the Registration certificate.

                    Most of us have a doubt, whether we should start with the serial number afresh ie from   000001 for the year 2013?

            As per the guidelines issued by the fssai and the Commissioner of Food Safety, Chennai, if you have issued 123 Registration Certificates in the year 2012, you should start assigning the Registration Number to the certificate issued in this year as 2 ** 13 $$$ 000124  We should not start the serial number as 2 ** 13 $$$ 000001.

              FOR YOUR KIND INFORMATION PLEASE.