Monday February 24, 2020

Regulatory, Industry Bodies Say Salt Brands Safe to Consume

American West Analytical Laboratories also said that AWAL does not communicate any information to third parties (e.g., news agencies) concerning work performed at our laboratory without written permission from our primary client

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Salt evaporation ponds Tamil Nadu India Salines de Marakkanam Inde. Wikimedia Commons

As allegations and concerns have cropped up over the safety of major Indian salt brands, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have refuted the concerns that the major salt brands contain alarming level of potassium ferrocyanide.

The FSSAI tweeted: “Ferrocyanides are used as anti-caking agents in processing of salt and are safe for consumption. Test reports quoted in media have shown its presence well within limit of 10 mg/kg, as specified by FSSAI. This is less than 14 mg/kg specified by Codex (International Food Standards).”

IMA tweeted that it stands with FSSAI’s statement. Concerns rose after Shiv Shankar Gupta, Chairman of Godhum Grains & Farm Products last week claimed that potassium ferrocyanide levels were alarmingly high in reputed Indian salt brands.

According to Gupta, a test by American West Analytical Laboratories (AWAL) has revealed that potassium ferrocyanide levels are an alarmingly high in Sambhar Refined Salt at 4.71 mg per kg, at 1.85 mg per kg in Tata Salt and 1.90 mg per kg in Tata Salt Lite.

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Tata Salt among India’s most trusted brands, is safe for consumption. Flickr

However, American West Analytical Laboratories in a statement dated July 1 said that “AWAL does not report opinions concerning analytical data” and also “does not analyze or report potassium ferrocyanide”.

American West Analytical Laboratories also said that AWAL does not communicate any information to third parties (e.g., news agencies) concerning work performed at our laboratory without written permission from our primary client.

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Tata Salt in a statement said that its product is safe and harmless. “The recent allegations made against the purity and health benefits of Tata Salt are totally false and misleading and being made by vested interests. India is one among many countries including the USA, European Union, Australia and New Zealand that have allowed the use of PFC in salt,” it said.

“The level allowed by FSSAI, an independent statutory authority, under Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the lowest among these jurisdictions (10 mg per kg). Codex Alimentarius, the most authoritative guidelines on food safety has declared APFC Asafe for consumption at levels of 14 mg per kg. The use of PFC is allowed in salt and is safe and harmless to the human body when consumed as per approved levels. This is clearly declared in the list of Tata Salt ingredients in a manner prescribed by the regulations,” it added. (IANS)

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Upcoming Events in India

Know about the upcoming mega-events in India

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India organizes several events every year and these events are followed by some trends to hype up the event industry. Wikimedia Commons

India organizes several events every year and these events are followed by some trends to hype up the event industry, these trends are bang on and help in making the event successful. These trends keep on changing from time to time, but there are some trends which are evergreen and some are just for the time being. 

Indian markets are growing rapidly with the new industries and brands coming up, and these industries and brands conduct different events to gain interactive experience and popularity. The events in India are categorised into:

  • Entertainment Events- award ceremony, promotions, music or video release, gaming, etc.
  • Corporate Events- seminars, conferences, training programs, etc.
  • Social Events- birthday parties, weddings, get together, etc.
  • Educational Events- TEDx, community service, etc.

Let’s discuss about some of the events taking place in India.

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TEDx is an educational events that takes place in various parts of India and the world. Wikimedia Commons

IPL- Indian Premier League

IPL tops the list of commercial events in India and is the biggest and most popular cricket league. Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) was the founder of IPL. The first event of IPL was organized in 2008 and since then it has grown leaps and bounds in popularity among the masses. IPL follows the Twenty20 cricket pattern and is played in the month of March or April and May. 

This is a franchisee based cricket league with eight teams which represent eight different cities in India. International cricket players also participate in this event. IPL became the first sporting event to be broadcasted live on YOUTUBE, in 2010. IPL has completed twelve seasons of the event and Mumbai Indians are the current title holders who the tournament in 2019.

SUNBURN

SUNBURN which is owned by Percept Ltd. started from Vagator beach, Goa in 2007, is now Asia’s largest music festival. It is a commercial Live EDM (Electronic Dance Music) festival in India, with a huge fan following, organized in Goa and Pune. Sunburn also organizes many concerts in IIMs, IITs, IISERs and many other colleges which helps the EDM craze grow among the teenagers and portrays an evolving modern change throughout Indian colleges. More than 100 international artists and DJs participate and play live in the main Sunburn event which takes place by the end of December. Sunburn gets an enthusiastic participation for this pandemonium of fun, food, music and frolic.

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IPL tops the list of commercial events in India.

IGX- INDIAN GAMING EXPO

IGX is one of the largest gaming festival of India featuring IGX battles, cosplay, performances (like live gaming, music, stand-up comedy, etc.), workshops, panels, product launches, first look of games to be launched, experience of VR multiplayer, racing simulation and board games and exclusively the block buster games and latest hardware. It has been more than 3years now since the event is being organised and its visitors count is nearing the 100,000 mark. The distinct features of the event which make it sought after are its gaming cosplay and interaction of gamers, prospective and aspiring students with the representatives of universities and colleges in the field of computer games. The games offered in events like IGX are only for entertainment with no real money involved as gambling is restricted in India except for lotteries and horse racing. But you can enjoy the gaming experience at the brick and mortar casinos in Goa, Sikkim and Daman.

Even though Indian casinos cannot promote online casino games, and the situation with online betting in India is not 100% clear. Officially, betting and gambling are illegal in India. However, no laws specifically make online betting illegal, and there are numerous offshore betting platforms that accept bets from Indian citizens.

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Conclusion

Above we have discussed just a few events happening in India of different genres. There are many other commercial events, sports events, non-commercial events like ISL, Pro Kabaddi League, Pro Wrestling League, NH7 Weekender, India Bike Week, ESL, Dream Hack, Phoenix Gaming Expo(PGX), etc happening on a large scale all-round the year. All these events are done on a big scale to build an image, for a better interaction with interested prospects and to gain popularity.