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FSSAI demands increase in surveillance activities with major focus on packaged products

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: In a series of efforts to ensure alertness about the pressing problem of food adulteration, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), has asked all food safety commissioners to “increase surveillance activities” with a special focus on milk, packaged drinking water and edible oils, an official source said, “State food departments have been asked to be more vigilant and to increase surveillance activities, especially on milk, water and edible oil. Serious violations of labeling requirements have been observed,” an official said to a national daily.

Food commissioners all over the country have been directed to collect more samples of the aforementioned products, so that they could be sent for detailed testing.In addition to the order on the countrywide recall and withdrawal of all nine variants of Nestle’s Maggi instant noodles on finding added monosodium glutamate (MSG) and excess of lead than the prescribed limit, letters were also sent to companies like Kellogg’s and Heinz, asking them to explain labeling etc.

In its recent meeting, the FSSAI’s main concern was that companies are not following the standards and labeling requirements as per law, and consumers are being misled about these products through their packaging and endorsement, suggest sources. FSSAI has directed food inspectors to keep a close watch on products that are consumed in “large quantities” by large segments of the population, in an effort to encourage states to create  ‘consumer awareness.’

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FILE - A dead tree stands near a water tank in a drought-stricken paddock located on the outskirts of the southwestern Queensland town of Cunnamulla in outback Australia, Aug. 10, 2017. (VOA)

HIV diagnoses in Australia have hit a five-year low, with a significant drop among homosexual and bisexual men, latest figures from a major study released on Monday said.

“The good news from the report is there’s been a seven per cent decline in HIV diagnoses in the past five years, with 953 diagnoses in 2017, which compares to over 1,000 in previous years,” Professor Rebecca Guy from the University of New South Wales said here

“What’s interesting this year is the decline has not been equal across all populations,” she said.

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School girls light candles in the shape of a ribbon during a HIV/AIDS awareness campaign ahead of World Aids Day, in Ahmedabad, India, Nov. 30, 2016. (VOA)

The figures involving heterosexuals have increased by 10 per cent in the last five years, Xinhua news agency reported. While those among indigenous population were also twice those of the non-indigenous ones.

The declines were attributed to higher coverage of HIV testing and treatment in the country — two important strategies, she added.

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