Food Testing at Every Level Can Ensure Food Safety

Food testing at several levels right from food production to food delivery can ensure food safety, said Julian Cox, a renowned expert on food safety from Australia. Read more ›

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McDonalds Told to Stop Selling Coke Zero at Outlets

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered McDonald’s to stop selling Coca Cola Zero across its 60 outlets in the state for violating norms of the Food Safety and Standard Regulations. The reason it has been prohibited is that the MNC was found selling the Coke Zero which contains artificial sweeteners which is suspected to cause health problems, without the mandatory warnings. Read more ›

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Posted in Food Law

Carcinogenic Retinyl Palmitate in Your Sunscreens!

Retinyl Palmitate is the ester of Retinol and palmitic acid. It is used in cosmetics and personal care products as it enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restores youthful looking skin. It is also used in hair care products as it increases hair body by improving the texture of hair that has been damaged physically or by chemical treatment. Read more ›

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Nervous Multinational F&B Giants Planning to Lobby Against Higher Food Taxes

Multinational food and beverage giants have been in recent talks to discuss how to lobby more effectively against the Indian government proposals for higher taxes and strict labelling on fatty or sugary food. Read more ›

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Shocking: Just 16% Food and 12% Beverages of Leading Brands are Healthy For You!

According to a first of its kind survey by Access to Nutrition Foundation, a Dutch non-profit, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, found only 12% beverages and 16% foods sold by nine leading Indian food and beverage companies were of “high nutritional quality.”

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Posted in Food and Health

Nagaland Bans Sale of Junk food in Schools

 

 

 

 

 

The Nagaland state government has banned the sale of junk food like chips, soft drinks and fried foods within the campuses, as well as within a radius of 200 metres from each school, and has directed the schools to take steps for making children and parents aware about obesity, HFSS foods, and the importance of physical activity. Read more ›

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Posted in Food and Health, Food Law

Product Review- Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney

 

 

 

 

 

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Ching’s Secret Schezwan Chutney is a fusion of red chillies and ginger-garlic with schezwan pepper and Chinese spices.

Condiments as these tend to be high on salt and this product too contains high salt at 340 mg per 30 gm serving of it. It should be avoided by those with kidney disease, high blood pressure and lifestyle diseases. Read more ›

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The Dirty Truth About Antibacterial Soaps

It is great to see the level of food safety awareness in India and that people everywhere are actually taking a closer look at the ingredients on their food labels to see what they contain but are we forgetting something? We need to also look carefully at the ingredients on personal care products like soaps, deodorants, shampoos, hair colour, skin care products especially as these are absorbed directly by the skin into the body.

While strolling the aisles of any retail store or mall, we have a thing for antibacterial products, from soaps to sprays, wipes to creams, promises of germ free sound enticing to our ears, because nothing sells like fear.

But the truth is that some of these products may actually be doing us more harm than good. Many antibacterial hand and body soaps, for instance, contain a chemical called triclosan, which poses serious risks to our health and the environment. What’s more, research shows that using antibacterial soaps are no more effective than using regular soap and water. Read more ›

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Product Review- Weikfield Pasta Sporty Energy Cheesy Creamy

 

 

 

 

 

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Weikfield Pasta Sporty Energy Cheesy Creamy is pasta  with a cheese flavoured sauce maker inside the pack. .

Weikfield pasta in cheesy cream is high in sugar at 8.4 gm sugar in a 100 gm pack. Consuming food with so much sugar on a regular basis is not advised for people trying to avoid lifestyle and metabolic diseases. Read more ›

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Over 200 kg of Adulterated Khoya Seized Before Holi

Just before Holi, over 200 kg of milk khoya was seized from a market in Kanpur during a raid by the local administration over suspicion that it is adulterated. Read more ›

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I love food. I love to eat. But until recently, like most people, I was blissfully ignorant about anything I was eating, be it the ingredients, preservatives, packaging and cooking processes, etc.

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