3 FSSAI News that will keep you updated for the week

Welcome to the last installment of FSSAI News for the January month. FSSAI has always been particular about each and every aspect of food safety in different parameters. Likewise, there have been two issues longing for strict actions and regulations.

Let us have a look at the FSSAI News for the week.

FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI to mandate Food Safety License for prasadam in all Kerala temples from March 2019

FSSAI LICENSE

BHOG (Blissful Hygienic Offering to God) project got launched in 2017 which is executed by FSSAI in order to maintain food safety in the temples. According to this project requirement, FSSAI has mandated all the temples to get FSSAI license for the preparations of prasadams in temples.

The Food Safety department will train people who prepare food in temples and who sell edible items near temple premises. So far, three states – Gujarat, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu have already implemented the project.

In Kerala, the food safety department will hold discussions with the Guruvayoor Devaswom, Travancore Devaswom Board, Kochi Devaswom Board and Malabar Devaswom board regarding implementation of the project.

As per the guidelines of FSSAI, temple prasadams offered by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department of the state government will have expiry dates printed on the containers to indicate for how long they can be consumed safely.

As many as 300 food handlers from 20 big temples in Tamil Nadu were trained at a workshop on food safety and hygiene, as part of the BHOG project in New Delhi in 2018

FSSAI NEWS 2. Saudi Arabia refuses to lift the ban on the fruits imported from Kerala

Nipah virus

Exporters of fruits and vegetables from Kerala have appealed to the Union government seeking help in Saudi Arabia lifting the ban on imports of fruits and vegetables from the southern Indian state. The ban was imposed by the Gulf state about eight months ago due to Nipah virus outbreak.

Nipah virus is a zoonotic virus (it is transmitted from animals to humans) and can also be transmitted through contaminated food or directly between people. In infected people, it causes a range of illnesses from asymptomatic (subclinical) infection to acute respiratory illness and fatal encephalitis.

Farmers and exporters have incurred a huge amount of losses as Saudi Arabia is one of the major export markets for fruits and vegetables from Kerala, which also offers good remuneration for the produce.

FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI will soon formulate new packaging regulations

Packaging regulations

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had recently notified the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging) Regulations, 2018 (“Regulations”), on 03 January 2019 which aim to restrict and regulate the use of materials of packaging of food products by Food Business Operators. Loose packaging such as coloured and black carry bags, disposable containers with aluminum coating and sweet boxes have emerged as major contaminants of packaged food, prompting the food regulator to come up with new regulation on food packaging.

Around 80% of food samples packed in coloured carry bags, 59% in black carry bags and over 24% in aluminium coated disposable containers and 21% in sweet boxes were found chemically contaminated, findings of a national survey of food packaging material conducted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) shows.

In order to curb the menace, the regulator is set to notify new regulations for food packaging which will prohibit packaging material made of recycled plastic.

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