Health & Diet

Ice-Cream, Flavoured Milk Under FSSAI Scanner; New Norms For Milk Likely

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| July 19 , 2015 , 15:06 IST
Food safety watchdog FSSAI is planning to set new quality standards for ice-cream and flavoured milk besides tightening the existing safety norms for milk and other dairy products. icecream1 The proposal comes after ban on import of Chinese milk and milk products last month due to presence of melamine for one year till June, 2016, following a recommendation from FSSAI. ALSO READ: Maggi Row: High Lead Content In 1 Batch Can’t Justify Blanket Ban, Says Nestle At present, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has norms for milk, paneer, ghee and butter, among others. In the latest proposal, the regulator is working on setting more specific and stringent standards for fat content in milk. "... there is need to further broaden the quality standards for milk and its products. We are working on that and it is likely that in next one month, will come up with draft of these standards," a source said. ALSO READ: After Maggi, Yippee Noodles And Bambino Macaroni Banned In Gujarat The source further said that the authority is working on comprehensive norms for milk and milk products which will now also include ice-cream and flavoured milk, among others. At present, FSSAI has ceiling on presence of insecticides and metal contaminants in milk and milk products. Last month, the regulator had imposed limits for melamine in domestic milk products. Melamine is used in plastic and fertiliser industry. The regulator has stepped surveillance on processed food items after the Maggi controversy. It is reviewing safety standards and holding several consultations with stakeholders to strengthen it.

Ajoy Dasurkayastha

India is world’s highest producers of milk free from Rbst hormone free milk and Dr. Kurien’s contribution leading to India’s milk co-operatives movement on “AMUL Model”is well understood by now after seeing the hindi movie”Manthan”. Milk being children’s food, greater attention is needed in terms of enforcement action. Regular sample lifting/testing/checks will ensure that. Childrens should not cream after eating ice-cream due to bacterial contamination. Plant hygiene and inspection is needed more. Greater transparency is expected for self-regulation by the food processors. They need to do this for their own good. It is consumer driven industry and consumers want it that way with more transparency and less confusion. Shelf-life tests for all the marketable processed food products are must for any food processors. All the food processors must write the ingredients in the declaration of ingredients in the package from higher percentage to lower percentage without writing the percentage. All the food allergens must be declared in the package. Erring/Delinquent Food [Processors not only can face FSSAI’s enforcement actions but can also face PIL(Public Interest Litigations) by consumer groups.Milk being children’s food, greater attention is needed in terms of enforcement action. Regular sample lifting/testing/checks will ensure that. CHOCOLATE MILK IMPROVES THE BRAIN FUNCTIONS/COGNITIVE FUNCTIONS OF CHILDREN AND IT IS WELL KNOWN BY NOW IN THE WORLD OF FLAVOURED MILK. Reference:-- QUOTE--- Include Dairy oh! white or chocolate milk as a snack. A 2010 study showed that children who drank milk about four times per week had better memory and longer attention spans than children who rarely drank milk----UNQUOTE . Milk being children’s food, greater attention is needed in terms of enforcement action. Regular sample lifting/testing/checks will ensure that. Childrens should not cream after eating ice-cream due to bacterial contamination. Plant hygiene and inspection is needed more. Greater transparency is expected for self-regulation by the food processors. They need to do this for their own good. It is consumer driven industry and consumers want it that way with more transparency and less confusion. Shelf-life tests for all the marketable processed food products are must for any food processors. All the food processors must write the ingredients in the declaration of ingredients in the package from higher percentage to lower percentage without writing the percentage. All the food allergens must be declared in the package. Erring/Delinquent Food [Processors not only can face FSSAI’s enforcement actions but can also face PIL(Public Interest Litigations) by consumer groups.Milk being children’s food, greater attention is needed in terms of enforcement action. Regular sample lifting/testing/checks will ensure that. Shelf-life tests for all the marketable processed food products including milk products determining and printing the expiry date on the package are must for any food processors. All the food processors must write the ingredients in the declaration of ingredients in the package from higher percentage to lower percentage without writing the percentage. All the food allergens must be declared in the package. Erring/Delinquent Food [Processors not only can face FSSAI’s enforcement actions but can also face PIL (Public Interest Litigations) by consumer groups.