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The NGT was hearing a petition filed by NGO Him Jagriti Uttaranchal Welfare Society seeking ban on the use of plastic bottle and multi-layered/plastic packages /pet bottles.(HT File Photo)

NGT directs FSSAI to finalise draft Packaging Regulations within 3 months

PTI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2021 04:11 PM IST
A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the issue of use of plastic bottles and multi layered plastic packages for packaging of carbonated soft drinks, liquor and other items also needs to be further considered by the concerned authorities.
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Health experts feel youngsters have been consuming a lot of trans fat of late, in the form of burgers, pizzas, bakery products etc.(Photo: iStock)
Health experts feel youngsters have been consuming a lot of trans fat of late, in the form of burgers, pizzas, bakery products etc.(Photo: iStock)

Lesser trans fat, more health benefits! Experts hail new move

By Aprajita Sharad | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 05:40 PM IST
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has decided to reduce the permissible limit of trans fat level in packaged foods from 5% to 3%.
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Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

FSSAI reduces trans fat levels in food from 5% to 3%

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 12:34 PM IST
In October last year, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan had launched the “Trans Fat Free” logo during the 8th International Chefs Conference in the national Capital
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Representational Image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational Image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Swiggy to onboard nearly 30,000 street food vendors under PM SVANidhi scheme

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 02:30 PM IST
The expansion comes on the heels of a successful pilot launched by the delivery service in collaboration with the Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs in the cities of Ahmedabad, Varanasi, Chennai, Delhi and Indore, where 300 street vendors were onboarded
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Representational Image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Representational Image.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

CSE hands over honey adulterant fructose syrup sample to FSSAI

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sameer | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 06:49 PM IST
CSE also provided correspondence with two Chinese companies from which it procured adulterant samples along with details of the consignment of adulterant
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FoSCoS is conceptualized to provide one point stop for all engagement of a food business operator (FBO) with the department for any regulatory compliance transaction.(HT Photo)
FoSCoS is conceptualized to provide one point stop for all engagement of a food business operator (FBO) with the department for any regulatory compliance transaction.(HT Photo)

FSSAI’s new food safety compliance platform to become operational across India from November

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Susmita Pakrasi | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 19, 2020 01:55 PM IST
The system is operational in nine States/UTs -- Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Odisha, Chandigarh, Goa, Manipur, Puducherry and Ladakh since June.
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Due to the unprecedented challenges faced by the world on account of the pandemic, there has been a renewed focus on food, nutrition, health, immunity and sustainability: Harsh Vardhan(PTI)
Due to the unprecedented challenges faced by the world on account of the pandemic, there has been a renewed focus on food, nutrition, health, immunity and sustainability: Harsh Vardhan(PTI)

Covid-19 pandemic renewed focus on nutrition, health, immunity: Harsh Vardhan at World Food Day event

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 16, 2020 07:03 PM IST
Presiding over the event organised by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), Vardhan reminded everyone of the government’s effort to make India free of trans-fat by 2022, a year ahead of WHO’s target.
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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday had said that the FSSAI had sent a letter to the commissioners of all three municipal corporations of Delhi.(File photo)
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday had said that the FSSAI had sent a letter to the commissioners of all three municipal corporations of Delhi.(File photo)

Delhi: Don’t issue licences to restaurants, CM Kejriwal tells civic bodies

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Joydeep Sen Gupta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON OCT 11, 2020 02:54 PM IST
The Centre government body, FSSAI, has directed the civic bodies to stop issuing food licences. I hope the civic authorities will comply with the Centre’s directions soon, he said
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Delhi MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj addresses a press conference at the party office in New Delhi.(ANI/ File photo)
Delhi MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj addresses a press conference at the party office in New Delhi.(ANI/ File photo)

AAP accuses MCDs of running licence-Raj, BJP says allegations baseless

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2020 11:23 PM IST
AAP spokesperson Saurabh Bhardwaj said, “The BJP-ruled MCDs do not want to abolish the permit raj, so it wants to continue giving health trade licenses to restaurant owners. “
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Authorities of the sweet manufacturers’ association said that the directive could spell doom on small and medium sweet shops in urban areas and towns(ANI)
Authorities of the sweet manufacturers’ association said that the directive could spell doom on small and medium sweet shops in urban areas and towns(ANI)

Bengal sweet shop owners seek PM Modi’s intervention to roll back FSSAI directive

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Kolkata
UPDATED ON SEP 28, 2020 07:35 PM IST
The latest FSSAI directive makes it mandatory for sweets shops to declare the ‘best before date’ of non-packaged or loose sweets.
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A man loads empty containers of edible oil onto a tricycle at a roadside in Kolkata, India.(REUTERS)
A man loads empty containers of edible oil onto a tricycle at a roadside in Kolkata, India.(REUTERS)

FSSAI mulling making fortification of edible oil with vitamins A, D mandatory

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 26, 2020 05:30 PM IST
“FSSAI is considering to make it mandatory to fortify edible oil with vitamins A and D so that people of India can enjoy better immunity with good health,” FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal said.
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This survey covered over 4,500 samples and 16 varieties of edible oil, including mustard, coconut, palm, olive and blended oil.(AFP)
This survey covered over 4,500 samples and 16 varieties of edible oil, including mustard, coconut, palm, olive and blended oil.(AFP)

Food safety regulator cracks down on adulterated edible oil

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2020 11:23 AM IST
The samples were drawn from hypermarkets and supermarkets as well as retail and grocery stores and included national and local brands
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Food businesses can visit www.fostac.fssai.gov.in to enrol in the certification programme.(Representative image)(AFP)
Food businesses can visit www.fostac.fssai.gov.in to enrol in the certification programme.(Representative image)(AFP)

FSSAI trains food businesses to mitigate Covid-19 risk

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2020 06:29 PM IST
The online training programme is launched under FSSAI’s flagship operation, Food Safety Training and Certification Programme (FoSTaC), through its various empanelled training partners.
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The coronavirus outbreak originated in central China’s Hubei province in December last year and has spread to several countries, including India.(REUTERS)
The coronavirus outbreak originated in central China’s Hubei province in December last year and has spread to several countries, including India.(REUTERS)

FSSAI to improve hygiene at fish & meat markets on account of Covid-19 outbreak

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 17, 2020 06:02 PM IST
Food and Safety Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said it will soon start hygiene rating of fish and meat shops in the country.
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Once the thresholds are set, the FSSAI will allow manufacturers to use a label or a logo on their products that will communicate these differentiated food items to consumers.(Mint Archives)
Once the thresholds are set, the FSSAI will allow manufacturers to use a label or a logo on their products that will communicate these differentiated food items to consumers.(Mint Archives)

Food safety regulator plans new label for healthy snacks

By Suneera Tandon | Livemint, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 13, 2020 07:39 PM IST
The idea is to promote and brand healthier variants of sweets and namkeens with low fat, salt and sugar, says FSSAI.The food regulator and food manufacturers will work towards developing certain thresholds for developing such food items
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The street food festival had 36,000 visitors this year over five days!
The street food festival had 36,000 visitors this year over five days!

Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: The annual street food festival report

By Vir Sanghvi | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2020 12:07 AM IST
It was heartening to see hawkers from all over India being lauded on stage at possibly the first awards for street food guys in Delhi recently
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FSSAI will soon start regular monitoring for presence of heavy metals, including lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury, in soil–food crops. (Photo @fssaiindia)
FSSAI will soon start regular monitoring for presence of heavy metals, including lead, arsenic, cadmium and mercury, in soil–food crops. (Photo @fssaiindia)

Regular monitoring for heavy metals in soil-food crops soon

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2019 01:05 AM IST
In a recently released result of the food and beverages samples analysed, the FSSAI found that 4% of the 100,000 samples analysed by states and union territories were unsafe.
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Nearly 4% of the one lakh food and beverage samples analysed by the states and Union Territories last year were unsafe(HT Photo)
Nearly 4% of the one lakh food and beverage samples analysed by the states and Union Territories last year were unsafe(HT Photo)

4% of food samples analysed last year unsafe, FSSAI data shows

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2019 03:06 AM IST
The better performing states and UTs are Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jammu & Kashmir, Delhi and Chandigarh.
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The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a showcause notice to McDonald’s(Getty Images)
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a showcause notice to McDonald’s(Getty Images)

Food regulator issues notice to McDonald’s for ‘irresponsible advertising’

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2019 05:49 AM IST
On November 9, 2019, McDonald’s issued a full-page advertisement in a national daily that read, “Stuck with Ghiya-Tori Again? Make the 1+1 Combo you love”.
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Gujarat government to ban sale of junk food in and around schools. (Representational image)(HT file)
Gujarat government to ban sale of junk food in and around schools. (Representational image)(HT file)

Gujarat government to ban sale of junk food in and around schools

By Press Trust of India | Ahmedabad
PUBLISHED ON NOV 19, 2019 10:45 AM IST
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recommended a ban on sale of food high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) in schools and the state government is in the process of framing draft rules for the same.
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Food Inspector inspecting the Paneer at H.N 2576 at Sector 22(File Photo)
Food Inspector inspecting the Paneer at H.N 2576 at Sector 22(File Photo)

Food inspectors may get body cams

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON NOV 12, 2019 02:04 AM IST
Food safety officers often complain of being manhandled during raids; vendors allege inspectors sometimes ask for pay-offs.
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Trans fat are largely present in partially hydrogenated vegetable fats/oils, vanaspati, margarine and bakery shortenings, and can be found in baked and fried foods.(HT PHOTO.)
Trans fat are largely present in partially hydrogenated vegetable fats/oils, vanaspati, margarine and bakery shortenings, and can be found in baked and fried foods.(HT PHOTO.)

Food safety agency FSSAI launches ‘Trans Fat Free’ logo

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2019 01:32 AM IST
Food establishments that use trans-fat free fats/oil and do not have industrial trans-fat more than 0.2g/100g of food, in compliance with the Food Safety and Standards (Advertising and Claims) Regulations, 2018 are eligible to display the logo.
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The food and consumer affairs ministry has also asked the packaged-water industry to come up with suggestions for alternatives to plastic bottles.(HT image)
The food and consumer affairs ministry has also asked the packaged-water industry to come up with suggestions for alternatives to plastic bottles.(HT image)

FSSAI allows hotels to replace plastic drinking water bottles with glass bottles

By Rhythma Kaul | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 04:20 AM IST
The experts dealing with plastic-related issues in FSSAI examined the feasibility of the move, and gave the nod.
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Union minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan with the delegates of 72nd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia. The minister also launched initiatives aimed to promote healthy eating on Thursday.(ANI Photo)
Union minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan with the delegates of 72nd Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia. The minister also launched initiatives aimed to promote healthy eating on Thursday.(ANI Photo)

After PM Narendra Modi’s Fit India, govt focuses on eat right initiatives, launches ‘Poshan Maah’

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 06, 2019 01:47 AM IST
Government aims to promote healthy and balanced eating through initiatives launched in the month of September, declared as the Poshan Maah (nutrition month), it also features an attempt to fight malnutrition in far-flung villages by training the front line health workers.
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The country’s top food regulator—Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)— conducted the second round of meeting with 20 Surplus Food Distribution Agencies from various parts of the country, to discuss the steps taken by government to ensure safe distribution of surplus food.(HT Photo)
The country’s top food regulator—Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)— conducted the second round of meeting with 20 Surplus Food Distribution Agencies from various parts of the country, to discuss the steps taken by government to ensure safe distribution of surplus food.(HT Photo)

Food regulator engages with stakeholders to ensure safe surplus food distribution

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 26, 2019 09:11 PM IST
India, despite being the second largest food producer in world, is ranked 103rd out of 119 hungriest countries on the Global Hunger Index 2014.
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Food items will have to colour the nutrient label red in case the energy from added sugar is over 10% of the total energy provided by 100 gm or 100 ml of the product and the energy from trans fat is more than 1%.(HTfile)
Food items will have to colour the nutrient label red in case the energy from added sugar is over 10% of the total energy provided by 100 gm or 100 ml of the product and the energy from trans fat is more than 1%.(HTfile)

FSSAI mandates colour-coded labels on items

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 28, 2019 05:54 AM IST
The draft will be available in the public domain for comments for a month, after which it will be finalised.
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In fact given the profiles of many of these e-commerce companies, consumers believed that they checked out the food businesses before putting them up on their platforms and ensured that they complied with the food safety laws.(HT Photo)
In fact given the profiles of many of these e-commerce companies, consumers believed that they checked out the food businesses before putting them up on their platforms and ensured that they complied with the food safety laws.(HT Photo)

Food delivery platforms must check the plastic waste that they generate: Opinion

By Pushpa Girimaji | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 05:10 AM IST
However, the food safety authority’s crackdown on the aggregators and the eateries partnering with them have shown their utter disregard for food safety laws .
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A joint team of officials from CPCB and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) stumbled upon tankers disposing waste water from septic tanks directly into the floodplains(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
A joint team of officials from CPCB and Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) stumbled upon tankers disposing waste water from septic tanks directly into the floodplains(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Waste water from septic tanks dumped into Yamuna: CPCB

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAY 17, 2019 02:05 AM IST
The team also identified drains discharging waste water from scattered habitations in Jagatpur Khadar village and Milan Vihar among others.
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Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has framed new food packaging regulations that are in the process of being notified. The regulations will come into effect from July 1.(Representative Image/Reuters File Photo)
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has framed new food packaging regulations that are in the process of being notified. The regulations will come into effect from July 1.(Representative Image/Reuters File Photo)

FSSAI bans plastic, newspaper packaging of food items

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2018 08:23 AM IST
Of the 380 samples picked up from the unorganised sector, 51 samples were found to be non-conforming, taking overall rate to 13.4%, according to a survey report that FSSAI commissioned.
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The apex food regulator framing guidelines for labelling of genetically modified (GM) food items for manufacture, sale and distribution in India is considering a threshold value of 1% as labelling requirement.(Representative Image//HT File Photo)
The apex food regulator framing guidelines for labelling of genetically modified (GM) food items for manufacture, sale and distribution in India is considering a threshold value of 1% as labelling requirement.(Representative Image//HT File Photo)

FSSAI considering 1% as labelling requirement for genetically modified food items

By Rhythma Kaul | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2018 07:31 AM IST
In July, the food regulator had come under severe criticism from the environmental watchdog, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), after it detected the presence of GM content in nearly three in 10 (32%) packaged food samples that were randomly tested.
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