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Halt on GMOs

imageThe Parliamentary standing committee on agriculture came up with its 37th report on ‘Cultivation of Genetically Modified Food Crops – Prospects and Effects’. Basudeb Acharia, the chairman of the committee, presented the report in the parliament on August 9, 2012. The report covers wide range of issues like approval of Bt brinjal and regulations for genetically modified (GM) crops in India.

In a pickle

Consignment contaminated with banned dye

pickleRecently consignments of pickle from India were found to be contaminated with a banned dye Sudan–I. The dye is banned in food in most countries including European Union, Canada, US and India. The consignment, being dispatched by the Chennai office of the Spices Board of India, was being exported to Canada.

GM labeling made mandatory in India

But is it going to be effective enough

imageUse of genetically modified constituents for processed food will soon have to be mentioned on labels. A gazette notification from the Ministry of Consumer Affairsmakes it mandatory for packaged foods using genetically modified products as ingredients to carry such labels from January 1, 2013. The notification was out on June 5, 2012.

Corn Sugar or HFCS: What’s in the name

 Corn SugarThe US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) rejected a petition filed by Corn Refiners Association to change the name of ‘High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)’ to ‘corn sugar’. The petition was filed in October, 2010.

FDA bans BPA in baby bottles

imageThe US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) banned use of Bisphenol – A (BPA) in baby bottles in July 2012. The ban was announced on the request from American Chemistry Council, the chemical industry’s main trade association in US, to phase out the use of the chemical. The US chemical industry have already stopped using BPA in baby bottles and the request by the council is being seen as a step to establish goodwill among customers.

Denmark to roll back its fat tax

fat taxWithin a year of imposing fat tax, the Danish government is planning to roll it back. They have also decided to abandon the proposal of sugar tax that they had proposed to do.

The Danish union HK Commerce, Danish Food & Allied Workers Union, and Danish Chamber of Commerce, claimed that the fat tax has threatened jobs in Denmark. As fatty food prices went up, consumers traveled across the border for their fatty fixes instead of giving it up.

“The Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 will favor the multinational companies (MNCs) and give rise to corruption” – Praveen Khandelwal

Praveen KhandelwalKhandelwal, the Secretary General of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), speaks on behalf of the traders on the objections they have against the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. CAIT is leading the protests of traders against the Act.

What are your main objections about the act?

Status of Food Laboratories in India

Satya PrakashDr Satya Prakash, former director, Central Food Laboratory, Kolkata talks to Environment Health Bulletin on the status of labs in India.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had notified Rules on 5th August 2011 under FSSA Act 2006 to give guidelines to food industry for hygiene and regulations/ standards for safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

The Tale of Two States

Kasaragod and Bhopal tackle their waste—differently

Kerala initiated Operation Blossom Spring on June 17. The operation to dispose the obsolete stock of endosulfan started at the Plantation Corporation of Kerala (PCK) godown at Periye in Kasaragod district.

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