Soon, junk food with high-fat, salt, sugar content to have a ‘healthy message’

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has drafted a notification with provision of front-of-packaging labelling of high-fat, salty and sugar foods. The draft has been notified for public comments on July 2. This was stated by Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Minister of State (Health and Family Welfare) in a written reply in the Lok Sabha on Friday, July 12

Soon, junk food with high-fat, salt, sugar content to have a ‘healthy message’Unhealthy food choices are contributing to the rise of the obesity crisis among children. Mass awareness programmes are the need of the hour to educate the general public about the dangers that foods with a high-fat, salty and sugary foods pose to the health of children. Keeping this in mind, the formulated a regulation with […]

Food safety audits to soon be carried out in canteens of state and civic-run hospitals

Soon canteens at all government and civic-run hospitals will undergo a comprehensive audit. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the legislative assembly on June 20. This has been ordered by state government. The audit aims to find out whether the canteens are preparing the food according to the norms laid down by the FSSAI

Food safety audits to soon be carried out in canteens of state and civic-run hospitalsWhen a person is admitted to a hospital, they and their relatives are tensed and have various thoughts in their minds. But do they ever pay attention to the food being served at the hospital? Now keeping the patient’s health and safety in mind, the state government has decided to launch an audit to inspect […]

Follow guidelines or face strict action: Maha FDA to online food companies

The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently held a meeting with several online food giants and fast-food chains. This meeting was crucial as many important issues including regulations and new guidelines were discussed at this meeting   

Follow guidelines or face strict action: Maha FDA to online food companiesMaharashtra FDA has issued guidelines for online food delivery companies. The FDA has directed all the online food delivery portals to adhere to these guidelines. A few days back, FDA officers held a meeting with online food giants to address the issues related to food safety. In September 2018, the Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration […]

Is it safe to use aluminium foil to wrap food?

Whether it is lunch for office or college, planning a picnic or travelling, most of us pack our home-made food in aluminium foil and carry it. But have you ever wondered how it keeps the food warm and is it even safe to store food in aluminium foils for longer periods of time?

Is it safe to use aluminium foil to wrap food?Aluminium is a popular cookware material and it doesn’t just appear in foils. You need to keep in mind that aluminium is reactive and some of the foil can leach into your meal which can pose dangers to your health. Researchers have found that cooking in aluminium foil is not as safe as it was […]

‘Don’t wash your raw chicken,’ warn health experts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States have issued a warning against washing raw chicken before cooking. They warn of the risk of spreading harmful bacteria to other food or utensils and developing food poisoning at home

‘Don’t wash your raw chicken,’ warn health expertsThe CDC estimates that approximately a million people become ill after eating contaminated poultry. According to the CDC, this is because “Chicken juices can spread in the kitchen and contaminate other foods, utensils and countertops,” and many people are unnecessarily increasing their risk of illness by not following simple preventative hygiene steps. They warn that […]

What is fried rice syndrome? Here’s what you need to know about it

Bacillus cereus is a toxin-producing bacterium that is one of the most common causes of food poisoning, also called ‘fried rice syndrome.’ Starchy foods, such as rice, are the most common types of food affected

What is fried rice syndrome? Here’s what you need to know about itAn estimated 63,000 cases of food poisoning caused by B. cereus occur each year within the U.S., according to a 2019 article published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology. However, the vast majority of cases go unreported, because the symptoms are generally mild and subside on their own with rest and hydration. Leftover fried rice […]

Including red raspberries in the diet can help people with pre-diabetes

A study released today from the Illinois Institute of Technology shows the benefits of including red raspberries in the diet of individuals with pre-diabetes and insulin resistance

Including red raspberries in the diet can help people with pre-diabetesThe study, published in obesity, investigated the effects of red raspberries in a group of people at-risk for diabetes who were overweight or obese and presented with prediabetes and insulin resistance. A metabolically healthy control group was also included in the study for reference. Using a randomised, controlled, acute study design, 32 adults between the […]

When should you throw away your leftovers?

Leftovers can be kept for three to four days in the refrigerator. Be sure to eat them within that time. After that, the risk of food poisoning increases. If you don’t think you'll be able to eat leftovers within four days, freeze them immediately

When should you throw away your leftovers?Refrigeration is the most important invention in the history of food. But while commercial and home refrigerators have only been used for the past 100 years or so, people have long used cool natural environments to store foods for extended periods. Temperature is important for controlling microbial growth. Just as we find food wholesome, bacteria […]

FSSAI bans use of stapled tea bags

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), looking at the widespread use of tea bags, has taken cognisance of the potentially harmful staple pins used in packaging tea leaves in tea bags and is seeking a ban on the pins

FSSAI bans use of stapled tea bagsFood regulator FSSAI on Wednesday, January 30 issued a notification seeking a ban on the use of pins in tea bags by the food business operators (FBOs) by June 30. Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has asked the FBOs to discontinue manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of stapled tea bags by […]

Stop using newspapers, recycled plastic to wrap food: FSSAI to food sellers  

In order to curb use of plastic in restaurants and eateries, the Food Safety Standard Authority of India (FSSAI), has now begun to regulate food packaging norms. The move comes after the FSSAI found contamination in food products through its packaging material

Stop using newspapers, recycled plastic to wrap food: FSSAI to food sellers  How often have you been served food wrapped in a newspaper by the roadside vada pav vendor? Everytime – would be the common refrain. In Mumbai, it is common for a vada pav or street food sellers to wrap our food in newspapers for us to takeaway. But now, this practice will soon come to […]
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