Monsoon is here and so are we back with our FSSAI News in the third week of June. FSSAI has been trying its best to come up with new and productive reforms that would possibly resolve all the concerns of a common man and that of the FBOs. The news for the week shall help you know the ongoing decisions made by FSSAI in the food industry.
So without wasting a minute, let’s get to work and know the FSSAI Feeds:
FSSAI News 1. FSSAI has ordered a ban on the import of milk and milk products from China
The Government of India had previously imposed a ban on milk and milk products in 2008 for around three months. It was an imperative step initiated to ensure that the other departments implemented their several efforts towards the ban of milk in the country. The ban continued to extend from time to time and the last notification was drafted in June 2017. The issue was reviewed by FSSAI. According to FSSAI Drafts, “Ban on import of milk and milk products, including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/ confectionary/ food preparations with milk and milk solids as ingredients from China may be extended for a period of six months i.e. up to 23rd December, 2018 or until their safety is established on the basis of credible reports and supporting data, whichever is earlier.”
FSSAI News 2. FSSAI initiates the Integrated Diseases Surveillance Program which will enable to detect the symptoms of a foodborne disease outbreak
FSSAI with the help of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has launched IDSP to know beforehand the signals of a foodborne disease outbreak. This will help the surveillance officers and the rapid response team to take actions in a timely manner. The selected food safety officer for the RRT has to undertake following activities after the alert for any foodborne disease incident:
1. Collect information related to foodborne disease outbreak/ incidents from DSOs/ SSOs
2. Examine the case in coordination with district/state surveillance officers and RRT as soon as an alert for foodborne disease outbreak is communicated
3. Immediate actions should be taken in consultation with FSCs (Food safety Commissioner) to avoid further spread of the disease
4. Maintain the record of meetings with DSOs/ SSOs/ RRTs, investigations, laboratory reports and the action taken, etc from the beginning to the outbreak
FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI has now ordered temple authorities to attend the food safety sessions and provide healthier and tastier prasadam
In order to ensure hygienic kitchens in the temples, FSSAI organized a training program in Tamil Nadu which was attended by about 140 cooks from 82 different temples. What has started out with temple cooks in Chennai will soon be expanded to other regions as well. This action was taken as it was reported that devotees had fallen ill after having eaten the temple prasadam. The temple cooks were obligated to wear chef’s caps to prevent contamination, solutions to prevent water stagnation in kitchens, etc..
The FSSAI officials also enlightened them on the quality ingredients to be used in the prasadam. This FSSAI’s rigorous food safety campaigns are soon to be initiated in the entire country as well as in the state of Tamil Nadu.
FSSAI NEWS 4. FSSAI has mandated all the gurudwaras in the country capital to follow FSSAI food safety and hygiene norms
Several Gurudwaras under the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee ( DSGMC) have started implementing stringent food safety norms and hygiene standards set by the food regulator FSSAI. This step is put forth by the flagship programme of FSSAI called BHOG.
Throughout the premises of all ten Gurudwaras, Reverse osmosis (RO) plants have been set up to provide clean drinking water. Only purified water is used for cooking ‘langar’ in the community kitchen. Further, it is mandatory for chefs employed in Langar Kitchen to wear aprons, gloves and head covers. The community kitchen premises are cleaned twice a day to ensure proper sanitation and hygiene standards, as per the committee.
That’s all for the week folks. We hope the FSSAI News would have brightened up your day and are looking forward to some more in the coming week.
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