FSSAI in the initial weeks launched the Swasth Bharat Yatra initiative under the Eat Right India Movement and saw a phenomenal success across various cities of India. FBOs are seen implementing all the orders stated by FSSAI genuinely. FSSAI has issued various orders in the last week which prove to be fruitful in the longer run.
Let us have a quick look at the FSSAI News.
FSSAI NEWS 1. Equinox Labs contributes to the Eat Right India by conducting FoSTaC training
With the Eat Right India movement spreading awareness across all the cities of India, Equinox labs put forward its best steps for the cause. Equinox conducted a Food Safety and Hygiene training programme (FoSTaC), which was made mandatory by FSSAI, at Mumbai.
Eat Right India ensures the consumption of safe food by all the consumers and eating right. The initiative is launched to curb the non-communicable diseases which is prevalent in today’s time. The three factors that this initiative addresses are Eat Safe, Eat Healthy and Eat Fortified.
The Khau Galli opens in the early evening hours (at about 4.30pm), is open till midnight, and serves different kinds of food. About 30-35 food vendors participated in the training. More such programmes are expected to be conducted in the coming months.
“Popular food sites like the Khau Galli of Ghatkopar are visited by hundreds of people every day. The number skyrockets to even thousands on a festive occasion. At such crucial sites, even with a minor contamination, the scope of food-borne disease is immense,” said Ashwin Bhadri, chief executive officer, Equinox Labs. (F&B News)
FSSAI NEWS 2. FSSAI has ordered all the state authorities to inspect the silver leaf preparations
FSSAI has now ordered all the food manufacturers in the state to check if the silver leaf (Chandi ka warq) used on sweets is not made using the material of animal origin. This silver warq is used for decorating sweets and pan. In Regulation 2.11.4 of the Food Safety and Standards (Food Product Standards and Food Additives), Regulations, 2011, pertaining to Chandi ka warq, the regulator had prescribed the silver content and the form in which the leaf should be manufactured.
The regulation stated that “It should be in the form of a sheet of uniform thickness, free from creases and folds. The weight of the silver leaf should be up to 2.8g/sq m, and silver content should be of minimum 999/1,000 fineness.”
However, it has been observed that some FBOs still indulge in the manufacturing of silver leaf by using materials of animal origin. It is also instructed to the state officials to send a report of the actions to the FSSAI.
FSSAI NEWS 3. Fortified Milk to enter into the markets from January 2019
Milk fortification will now be implemented from the month of January to combat the micronutrient deficiencies of vitamin A and D among all age groups.
As part of its effort to implement the Act, the FSSAI in association with the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), an independent non-profit foundation based in Geneva, conducted a workshop on fortification to brainstorm hundreds of food safety officials including assistant commissioners and lab analysts under the Kerala Commissionerate of Food Safety (KCFS) recently.
That’s all for the week folks. We hope the FSSAI News did surprise you and helped you with the latest developments.