FSSAI never fails to surprise the FBO’s with its stringent acts and protect the health of consumers. This week’s FSSAI News caters to orders given to check the adulteration in milk and pulses, technology to be used to boost agriculture and calorie count mentions on the menu card.
Let us have a quick look at the major FSSAI News this week.
FSSAI NEWS 1. FSSAI orders the state food authorities to check on milk during festivals
Considering the use of milk on a higher level by the Indian population during festivals, FSSAI has issued a notice in this regard. FSSAI has warned all the state food authorities to keep a strict check on the milk vendors. The milk and milk products sold during this time should be free from any type of adulteration. Milk products like khoa, paneer, curd, etc will be under complete surveillance as these are sold the most during the festive time. FSSAI has also issued a notice explaining each adulterant and its specific use in the milk product, as a reference to the enforcement purpose.
FSSAI NEWS 2. Microsoft will imply technology on agriculture to boost its growth
Microsoft India-One of the leading IT companies shall now shift its focus on agriculture providing farm advisory services. It will maximise technology adoption to foster efficiency in the Indian Agriculture sector.
The advisory services will help augment crop yield, pest detection, and pest incident predictions.
IT systems like cloud computing, artificial intelligence and research will facilitate the use of data science, image processing, and remote sensing to crop maps, yield data and weather data collected for five years. The pest detection models will provide information five days in advance of expected attacks. Getting linked and signing a pact with NITI-Aayog, Microsoft will provide Niti Aayog advanced AI-based solutions to address challenges in agriculture. The technology (AI) will also help in the development and adoption of local languages.
FSSAI NEWS 3. FSSAI has mandated all the restaurant and e-commerce food owners to mention calorie counts on the menu
FSSAI is looking to amend the packaging and labeling regulations to get restaurant chains to declare calorie counts of all the dishes served at their outlets on the menu cards. It also intends to bring online food delivery platforms and food aggregators under the ambit of these regulations.
According to FSSAI’s draft regulations, restaurants having a central licence or having outlets at 10 or more locations will be required to “display the calorific value of each of the food items sold by them on their menu cards or boards.”
E-commerce food business operators will also have to provide this information in the menu linked with each food service establishment on their platform. However, the provisions will not be applicable to catering businesses that operate for less than 60 days in a year, self-served condiments or special-order items.
FSSAI NEWS 4. FSSAI has directed all the officers to check the presence of glyphosate in pulses
FSSAI has informed all the authorised officers to direct the lab assistant to test the presence of glyphosate along with other testing parameters when submitting the pulses samples. Apparently, a herbicide is found in pulses which are supposed to affect the health of the consumers. The higher level of residues of glyphosate in the pulses is very dangerous to human bodies. However, taking note of the maximum residue limits (MRLs) for glyphosate in pulses not specified in the Food Safety and Standards Regulations, 2011, the apex food regulator has informed to follow the MRL for glyphosate as specified in Codex standards with regards to importing clearances.
The MRL specified for commodities are beans (dry) up to 2mg/kg; lentils (dry) 5mg/kg; peas (dry) 5mg/kg and soybean (dry) 20 mg/ kg. Reference of Codex can be the view from time to time for an upgrade in MRL of glyphosate in pulses the order recommended. (F&B News)
That’s all for the week guys. We hope the FSSAI News for this week enlightened you. We wish to see the orders getting implemented by the FBOs for the betterment of health and hygiene of the employees.
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