INDORE: Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) on Saturday destroyed one tonne tea after it was declared unfit for human consumption.

With a number states deciding to ban use and sale of gutka, the Union health ministry has urged the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government to follow its counterparts in rest of the country in banning sale of such products in the state.

So far, states of Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Bihar, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Haryana, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Delhi have implemented the provision as envisaged under Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) regulation and enforced enforce ban on manufacture, sale and storage of gutka and pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine in their states. Chandigarh also followed the suit and banned the sale, manufacture and storage of gutka.

Around 50 students of the Government Polytechnic for Women staying in the hostel on Bharathiar Road were hospitalised after some of them swooned while others complained of nausea and vomiting.

Late on Sunday, students complained of uneasiness and nearly 15 of them swooned. At midnight, the students were admitted to a private hospital. However, the number of students complaining of uneasiness grew on Monday morning. The Government Polytechnic campus witnessed commotion, with a number of ambulances rushing students from the hostel to the hospital for treatment.

Elaborate arrangements have been made to monitor restaurants, hotels and other food businesses within the State and also the inflow of food items from outside the State during the festival season, Health Minister V.S. Sivakumar has said.

Special surveillance squads had already been deployed for the purpose in all districts. Checking had been made more stringent in the border check-posts of Amaravila in Thiruvananthapuram district, Aryankavu in Kollam district and Meenakshipuram and Walayar check-posts in Palakkad district, the Minister said on Sunday.

MUMBAI: Out of the total 20,359 samples of food articles which were examined across states during 2011-12, 1,950 were found to be adulterated, as per information provided by the Minister of State f

Absence of rain, heat affect growth of green fodder resulting in poor yield by milch cattle

Aim is to make food business operators accountable: FSSAI

The food poisoning episodes in the State capital and the shocking revelations from raids conducted across the State might well prove to be the starting point of a much sterner food administration regime in the State along with the rest of the country. The country is all poised for enforcement of the Food and Safety Standards Act 2006 which prescribes science-based standards for various items of food and seeks to regulate the manufacture, storage, sale, etc. so that these are absolutely safe for human consumption

In a shocking incident, a consignment of pickle meant for export to Canada was found to be contaminated with Sudan 1 — a dye, typically used for colouring oils, waxes, petrol, shoe polishes and thought to increase the risk of cancer.

Calling it a serious issue, the Food Safety and Standards of India (FSSAI) has sent out an advisory to all states and UTs to make concerted effort to check such type of menaces in local market. The FSSAI has also asked the commissioners of food safety of states to take stringent measures.

India has decided that antibiotics should not be used at any stage of honey production, thereby conforming with the norms of European Union.

The recommendation of the Food Safety and Standards of India (FSSAI) will soon be notified by the Union health ministry which will make mandatory for the producers that honey samples conform to these regulatory measures before they can be declared safe for the consumption. The government had been working on these standards since last year after it was found that lots, even those sold by top brands, had traces of antibiotics and pesticides in them. The antibiotics are being used by the bee-keeping industry to control diseases in honey bees and to increase the production.

New Delhi India on Monday extended the ban on milk and milk products from China for another year till June 2013, according to the foreign trade office.

"Prohibition on import of milk and milk products (including chocolates and chocolate products and candies/confectionary/ food preparations with milk or milk solids as an ingredient) from China is further extended till June 2013, or until further orders," the Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.