Air India Fined Rs 1 lakh for Serving Unsafe, Stale Food

air-indiaIndia’s national airlines Air India was directed by the apex consumer commission to pay Rs One lakh as fine for serving unsafe stale food to a passenger aboard a Mumbai-New York flight. While dismissing the revision petition filed by the airline in 2015, the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, said that “the nature of deficiency in service” could affect the health of several passengers.

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California Calls for Labelling Aspartame as a Carcinogen

aspartameAspartame, an artificial low calorie sweetener, was approved by FDA in 1981 as a tabletop sweetener, and in chewing gum, cold breakfast cereals, and dry bases for certain foods. In 1983, FDA approved it for use in beverages and carbonated beverage syrup bases, and in 1996, FDA approved it for use as a “general purpose sweetener”.  The Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) of the World Health Organization and Food and Agriculture Organization, and the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Union (SCF) among others support the safety of aspartame.

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Are the Parabens in your Deodorant, Shampoo & Body Lotion Causing Cancer?

deoderantParabens are listed on almost every personal care product, like shampoos, body lotions, mascara, foundations, creams. They have different names like methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben, butylparaben and isobutylparaben

A fierce debate has been raging among scientists, product safety regulators and cosmetic manufacturers about whether these ubiquitous chemicals, in use for more than 70 years, pose any risk to human health. Read more ›

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Kerala to Implement Food Safety Act

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The Kerala government decided to implement the Food Safety Act in the state.

A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan resolved to prepare a state-level priority list of beneficiaries as part of implementing the schemes under the Act. Read more ›

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FSSAI planning to Hold Municipalities Responsible for Water Quality

waterThe Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is planning to hold municipal authorities and state water supply boards accountable for the quality of water they supply. Read more ›

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FDA and FSSAI Working on New Food Safety Initiatives in Goa

fssaiState Food and Drug administration (FDA) Goa and FSSAI are going to pilot three 10 @ 10 initiatives in the state. These will be providing safe and nutritious food at home, in schools and by restaurants/railways.

10 @ 10 is an initiative planned to connect with citizens in multiple ways for creating food safety culture. The FSSAI is celebrating the decade of enactment of the FSS Act 2006 by launching 10 @ 10 initiatives including every place where food is consumed. Read more ›

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TRANSGLUTAMINASE a “MEAT GLUE”

transglutaminaseTransglutaminase is a naturally occurring enzyme which causes the transfer of acyl groups between glutamine and lysine residues. It is found in beef, poultry, dairy, seafood, and other protein-rich products.

Transglutaminase is USDA-approved and according to an ABC report, meat that contains transglutaminase is found in places that serve meat in bulk quantities, like banquets, high-volume restaurants etc., Read more ›

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Product Review- Kurkure Puffcorn-Yummy cheese

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Pepsico Kurkure was launched in 1999, and it was marketed as the perfect ‘namkeen’ snack and the advertising used leading Indian actors as brand ambassadors.

This product is high in fat at 34 gm per 100 gm pack and is high on simple starches as well with   555Kcal per 100 gm pack. The product is consumed mostly by kids and young adults and often in large quantities. A high salt/starch/fat food like this if eaten in large quantities,  can cause the onset of childhood obesity in kids and lifestyle diseases in  adults. Read more ›

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Product Review- Cornitos Nacho Chip-Peri Peri

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Cornitos Nacho Crisps Peri Peri by Greendot Health Foods Ltd is a popular snack.

Snacks like these are often eaten in large quantities in India and can be problematic because they then end up delivering a large dose of salt, simple starches and fats.

The salt content in this snack is 188 mg per serving of 28 gm and high salt consumption is not recommended for people at risk of high blood pressure and heart ailments. Read more ›

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Why Many Indian Food Exports get Rejected by USFDA

food-exportIndia has been consistently featuring in the top three countries whose products were rejected for import by the US Food and Drug Administrator (FDA). India topped the list of import refusals by the FDA in August with 202 products with food products constituting nearly 60 per cent of the refusal list for August, with salt, rice, edible oils, instant noodles, snacks, bakery products, and carbonated drinks and juices being rejected.

The bane of contention seemed to be mislabelling and products containing allergens. Among the manufacturers were Hindustan Unilever, Mondelez India and Nestle India. Read more ›

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