Mawa banned in Rajasthan before Diwali


The season of Indian festivities is approaching, with Diwali being the most awaited. Diwali is not just a festival of lights, but also a festival of exchanging gifts and sweets, kaju katli, soan papdi, barfi, gulaab jamun being the most enjoyed Indian sweets. But some notorious makers of these sweets, in order to make more profits, are responsible for the poor health effects on the consumers, by adding adulterants to these sweets.

Also Read: Adulterants in Sweets!

In order to make this Diwali safer, the Rajasthan Government has put a ban on Mawa, one of the most used ingredients in most of the Indian sweets. Rajasthan government has banned mawa and all its products to keep a check on possible adulteration during the coming festive season.

It was informed by chief food safety commissioner B R Meena to the Jaipur High Court, which was hearing a petition seeking court intervention on adulterated mawa in the state. In fact, the problem prevails across the country during festive seasons. According to the notice issued by Rajasthan government, the government had banned mawa on the directions issued by the High Court until further order. The state food safety commissioner told the High Court that the ban would be imposed seriously and subsequently the orders in this regard would be issued to all the relevant local authorities.

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The single-judge bench of the High Court called the commissioner to take stock of the situation as to what action and precautions were being taken during Diwali. (source: FnB News)

“Ban Alcohol First”


During proceedings on Wednesday, in regard to the ban on the Nestle product, Bombay Highcourt, it was concurred that NO ALCOHOL in India has received any product approval by the food safety regulator. Yet, it is being sold without any ban.

“The first thing that you should ban is alcohol. Nowadays, even schoolchildren have started consuming alcohol. It is injurious to health and is a food product. Cigarette is not because it does not fall in the category of food products,” said Justices V M Kanade and B P Colabawalla after the counsel of food safety regulator — Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) — defended the ban on Maggi noodles saying it was injurious to health.

Technically, alcohols fall under the category of Food Products. However, the same could not be done in the case of cigarettes or any other tobacco products, as they do not fall under the above mentioned category.

The hearing on Wednesday, 22nd July 2015, was to judge whether any action taken by the government, was arbitrary or was it justified. Nestle, obviously standing against the ban said that the ban was imposed merely on the basis of suspicion. Nestle cried foul, as many labs that tested the 2-minute noodles were not even accredited.

However the defence (state) claims that the said that Nestle India was giving an “erroneous impression” by putting a “no MSG (monosodium glutamate)” label on its products. A high content of MSG became the bone of contention over which Maggi noodles was banned on June 5.

According to the Indian Express:

The court also said that it was time to put section 22 of the Food Safety Act to test. The said section deals with all such food items that are banned unless the food regulator approves it. Section 22 of the Act states: “Save as otherwise provided under this Act and regulations made thereunder, no person shall manufacture, distribute, sell or import any novel food, genetically modified articles of food, irradiated food, organic foods, foods for special dietary uses, functional foods, neutraceuticals, health supplements, proprietary foods and such other articles of food which the central government may notify in this behalf.”

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Starbucks and more banned


FSSAI came into light for the general public only after the Nestle Maggi was banned. But is that all that is banned?
Surprisingly, FSSAI has always been under action, with about 400 products already banned apart from our favourite 2 minute noodles.

It seems that food companies have taken Indian food standards too lightly. In a compilation by NewsToFuse, the following stats will reflect the same.

Adulterations

Nestle is just a single company that has been scrutinised. There have been other big names whose items have been banned, but the general public has not been made aware of that by the media.

Tata Starbuck, Amway, Del Monte, McCain, Orflame and Ranbaxy are few of these defaulters. Remember the ads of Revital? Yeah well, BANNED!

About 400 products have been banned by FSSAI. These are few of them, the big names.
About 400 products have been banned by FSSAI. These are few of them, the big names.