Food delivery firms Swiggy, Zomato, UberEats delists 10,500 ‘unsafe’ restaurants

INDIA- Food delivery and ecommerce platforms Zomato, Swiggy, UberEats and Food Panda have abandoned and delisted 10,500 restaurants after failing to meet the food safety regulator’s requirements. According to ET Retail, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India’s (FSSAI) review indicted that Zomato had delisted 2,500, Swiggy 4,000, Foodpanda 1,800, UberEats 2,000 partner hotels and around 200 restaurants on other platforms. FSSAI in July issued a directive to ecommerce firms to remove all unlicensed and non-registered restaurants from their platforms by September 30. This was triggered by complaints about…

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FSSAI to discuss mandatory inclusion of nutritional facts and healthy options in airline meals

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has called a meeting with airlines, flight caterers and airport operators, seeking to make it mandatory for airlines to serve meal with nutritional information as well as healthier options, ET Retail reports. Airlines may need to include complete information on nutritional aspects like calories, list of contents, a best by time (like the date on packaged food) and providing healthy options. The Indian food regulator has decided to examine in-flight catering, including transportation of meals, storage on board and then…

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Food safety agency starts framing GM food regulations after trace ingredients found

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said it has started framing regulations for genetically modified (GM) food after trace in trace ingredients were found present in products. According to FSSAI, the regulations covers procedures for safety assessment and approval of foods such as imported items that are genetically modified based on internationally recognized and scientific principles. Following the agency’s approval, the regulations will be gazetted for stakeholder opinion then forwarded for acceptance by the government of India. Prior to the approval of such foods, FSSAI…

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FSSAI directs Swiggy, Zomato, UberEats to delist unlicensed eateries

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has directed food firms Swiggy, UberEats, Zomato to remove unregistered restaurants from their platforms, believed to supply sub-standard food. FSSAI has asked ten food firms to delist such restaurants that do not have a licence and submit report on the action taken along with details of restaurants registered on their platform by the end of this month, ET Retail has revealed. In a statement, the regulator reiterated on the need to ensure compliance to the set standards especially for…

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FSSAI wants calorie count on restaurant menu to promote healthy habits

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has called on restaurants to voluntarily indicate calorie counts on menus to promote healthy diets and lifestyles in the country, reported ET Retail. The food regulator has also asked the e-commerce and retail companies to promote healthy options such as fortified foods on their landing pages and checkout counters. This is one of FSSAI’s latest move in tackling lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and obesity through provision of nutritional and dietary information. Pawan Agarwal, chief executive of the Food Safety…

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Standards body launches ‘Eat Right Movement’ to promote healthier FMCG foods

INDIA – The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is launching the ‘Eat Right Movement’ in a new strategy to promote production of healthier FMCG food products in the industry. This is an attempt to getting the food industry on board for implementation of draft food labelling regulation in attempt to protect and promote public health through the regulation and supervision of food safety. According to ET Retail, about 15 packaged food companies, 10-15 retail companies, 10 quick service restaurants, 8 to 10 edible oil companies will make…

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Arjuna launches shelf life extending preservative for frying oils

INDIA – Arjuna Natural Ltd, India’s leading manufacturer and exporter of standardized botanical extracts for pharmaceutical and nutraceutical industries has launched a natural preservative that extends shelf life of frying oils. The preservative is advocated as all-natural, GMO-free, oil-soluble, vegan with a formulation to combat oxidation, thermal degradation and extending the frying cycle of vegetable oils. The investment has received strong initial response as the company was pointed to investing in environment friendly technologies and the use of clean energy at the manufacturing facility, a commitment towards the objective of…

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Maggi compliant with latest FSSAI norms, no ash added – Nestle

INDIA – FMCG major Nestle India said today that Maggi complied with the latest guidelines of food safety regulator FSSAI and it does not add any ash to its popular noodles. District administration of Shahjahanpur, UP, had slapped a fine on Nestle India and its distributors last week after Maggi had allegedly failed to pass the lab test and found ash content above the permissible limits for human consumption. “Nestle wishes to categorically state that we do not add ash in any form whatsoever during the manufacturing process of its…

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FSSAI plans ‘one nation, one food safety law’

INDIA – The concept of ‘one-nation, one-tax’ behind the goods and services tax (GST) implemented across the country seems to be influencing other organisations. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s apex food regulator, is working on a ‘one-nation, one-food-safety-law’ so that every state-level food authority follows a standard practice for the implementation, compliance and surveillance of food safety regulations, which in turn will ensure smoother operations for food companies. “The law has always been same for everyone. But there have been consistency issues at state…

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India to introduce new food packaging regulations

INDIA – India’s food regulator will soon set new norms for pouches, foil containers, bottles and boxes that are used to package food and beverages to address concerns over contamination arising from sub-standard material and the printing on them. “There will be separate regulations for packaging, for which draft regulations will be out soon,” said Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. The new standards are intended to make food companies more accountable. Current norms, adopted from Bureau of Indian Standards, focus more…

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