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A Sweet Golden Steal

Posted on: 1 Sep, 2014
Honey! sounds simple when we say the word, but has a complex background Usually associated with health, and taken as medicine to relieve colds and coughs, honey has lately become a favourite breakfast item in most homes. It is eaten with cereal and chappatis, dosas and toast.

No antibiotics to be allowed in honey

Issue Date: Jun 16, 2012
India has inched closer to regulating antibiotics in honey with the apex food safety body of the country approving the recommendations of its own scientific panel and committee on fixing rules for antibiotics in honey. The recommendations put forth by the scientific panel, which says antibiotics should not be used at any stage of honey production, has been unanimously approved by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), according to information available on the authority's website.

Health ministry sets timeframe for keeping animals treated with antibiotics out of food chain

Issue Date: Apr 13, 2012
The Union health ministry has for the first time set a timeframe for keeping food-producing animals, such as dairy cattle, treated with antibiotics out of human food chain. The amendment in rule 97 of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945, also suggests that the antibiotics, which are used for therapeutic purposes in animals, should be labelled with the withdrawal period. Withdrawal period is the time interval between the last administration of veterinary medicines to animals under normal conditions and production of food stuff from such animals.

Nepal battles poor food safety standards

Author(s): Sonal Matharu
Issue Date: Apr 6, 2012
How big is the problem of food contamination in Nepal and how is the government handling it?

What’s in your Honey?

Issue Date: Sep 30, 2010
Universally, honey is believed to be a natural product. Regulations across the world say as much. The Codex Alimentarius Commission is a global body set up jointly by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) to develop food standards for international trade; it defines honey as “the natural sweet substance produced by honeybees from the nectar of plants or from secretions of living parts of plants or excretions of plant-sucking insects on the living parts of plants, which the bees collect, transform by combining with specific substances of their own, deposit, dehydrate, store and leave in the honeycomb to ripen and mature”.

Honey trade just got stickier

Issue Date: Oct 15, 2011
AT A time when Indian honey is under the scanner for allegedly re-exporting cheap and poor quality Chinese honey, a private firm has become the first in the world to bag the True Source Honey (TSH) certificate. The certificate, a US industry initiative, is the authentication of the origin of honey the US imports.

Indians knew it

Author(s): Dinsa Sachan
Issue Date: Aug 15, 2011
IT WAS not until mid-1900s that scientists woke up to the importance of prebiotics—a non-digestible food ingredients that helps nurture bacteria in human gut. Consequently, nutritionists started recommending foods like whole grains and pulses more often.

Anyone seen a tree?

Regulator sees no difference between a rubber tree and seasonal crops


Issue Date: Apr 15, 2011
Honey, set the limit

Stop antibiotics in honey: Centre

Issue Date: Nov 15, 2010
FOOD Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued an advisory stating that residues of antibiotics and pesticide are not allowed in honey. The authority said India follows stringent safety standards similar to the EU and the US, where use of antibiotics in honey is illegal.
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