Public Health Ministry to crack down on unlabelled food items

first_imgPublic Health Minister, Dr George Norton announced on Friday that items in supermarkets across the nationPublic Health Minister, Dr George Nortonthat do not bear labels will no longer be tolerated to be distributed to consumers.The customary act of shop owners, especially small businesses retailing large quantity of goods into small packages without bearing a label or an unidentifiable label, will no longer be accepted by the Public Health Ministry.Norton disclosed that all retailing of food items will have to be approved by the Food and Drug Department (FDD) of the Ministry before it can be packed unto shelves.Norton recalled, “You used to go in a supermarket and buy peas in a bag with no writing on it, buy rice in a bag with no writing on it or anything on a bag with no writing on it”. He emphasised that this will no longer be acceptable, since the law would be enforced upon offenders.Norton reiterated, “The law says you must state what is in the packages and the necessaries”. He is also urging small shops to have their licences in order, since they will not be allowed to operate without one. He articulated that unlicenced businesses are the ones that usually provide unhygienic items to the public because they don’t adhere to the Standard Operating Procedures.Meanwhile, Minister Norton added that milk being sold loosely in unlabelled packages is unfortunate and will soon come to a halt. “We are going to insist that all who are importing milk and retailing it, comply with the regulations. Conditions must be certified by FDD, meaning they need infrastructure to be in place, the machine that actual does the packaging, they ought to have that in place and apart from that, they must also label it,” the Minister said.Norton further noted that “all of our local stuff have labels from coconut water to crab oil, so everything we sell, we must put a label on it”. Minister Norton stressed that this is what the law requires.In 2015, The Government Analyst-Food and Drug Department (GA-FDD) had advised consumers against purchasing powdered milk in unlabelled and transparent bags.According to the FDD, “The sale of milk powder in this manner is in breach of the Food and Drug Act 1971 and the Food and Drug Regulation 1977 and any person who sells Powdered Milk in unlabelled, transparent plastic bags are guilty of an Offence”.The press statement warned retailers to discontinue the practice of repackaging milk without being in possession of a permit to repackage.Just recently, the GA-FDD in clamping down on substandard goods in the local market, recalled the infant milk formula known as LAILAC which was being imported and distributed by the International Pharmaceutical Agency (IPA) Guyana Ltd.The recall by the GA-FDD was issued on two grounds; one of which was the product’s noncompliance with Food and Drug Regulation (12) of 1977, which prohibits distributing a product in Guyana that is not distributed in its country of origin.GA-FDD Director Marlon Cole was quoted in other sections of the media as saying that LAILAC was not and could not possibly be sold in France as milk.“Our regulations clearly state that the product must be freely distributed in the country of production. That product is not sold in France. No other Caribbean country has LAILAC milk. It is not milk,” he was quoted as saying.The other reason for this recall was based on concluding after reading the product’s label which showed that the product is labelled infant milk although in the production process, non-specified ‘vegetable oils’ were used to replace milk fats.According to the GA-FDD, in making the product as close as possible to “mother’s milk”, unless specific vegetable oils were added to the cow milk-based substance, when digested by infants, the formula can prove to be dangerous since the fatty acids in the triglycerides produced influence their functions negatively.It was reported that even though LAILAC was recalled months ago, the products are still being sold and stocked on shelves of supermarkets.The Public Health Minister had said “It could be that the company brought in the milk some time ago, probably sold it to supermarkets and the supermarkets continue to display it so that they don’t make a loss. What I know that can be done is the Food and Drug Department can literally go and seize these products. I don’t know why they’re not doing it.”He also noted that if it was ascertained that the IPA is refusing the mandate of the GA-FDD, then it will become a legal issue where the Police will get involved.“If the law so says and the product does not abide by the regulations then the Food and Drug Department has a right to pull the product from the market.If they (distributors) continue to defy the order, then it’s a legal matter and when it comes to a legal case, it goes to the Police and a decision will have to be made,” the Public Health Minister had said.last_img read more

Pulitzer-winning columnist, muckraker Anderson, 83

first_img Anderson’s biggest misstep also took place in 1972, when he reported that Sen. Thomas Eagleton of Missouri – at the time the Democratic nominee for vice president – had a history of arrests for drunken and reckless driving. Anderson later acknowledged that his sourcing was faulty and apologized to Eagleton, who eventually dropped out of the race after revelations of treatment for mental illness. Over the years, Anderson was threatened by the Mafia and investigated by numerous government agencies trying to trace the sources of his leaks. In 1989, police investigated him for smuggling a gun into the U.S. Capitol to demonstrate security lapses. Known for his toughness on the trail of a story, Anderson was also praised for personal kindness. His son Kevin said that when his father’s reporting led to the arrest of some involved in the Watergate scandal, he aided their families financially. “I don’t like to hurt people, I really don’t like it at all,” Anderson said in 1972. “But in order to get a red light at the intersection, you sometimes have to have an accident.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Jack Anderson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning muckraking columnist who struck fear into the hearts of corrupt or secretive politicians, inspiring Nixon operatives to plot his murder, died Saturday. He was 83. Anderson died at his home in Bethesda, Md., of complications from Parkinson’s disease, said one of his daughters, Laurie Anderson-Bruch. Anderson gave up his syndicated Washington Merry-Go-Round column at age 81 in July 2004, after Parkinson’s disease left him too ill to continue. He had been hired by the column’s founder, Drew Pearson, in 1947. The column broke a string of big scandals, from Eisenhower assistant Sherman Adams taking a vicuna coat and other gifts from a wealthy industrialist in 1958 to the Reagan administration’s secret arms-for-hostages deal with Iran in 1986. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It appeared in some 1,000 newspapers in its heyday. Anderson took over the column after Pearson’s death in 1969, working with a changing cast of co-authors and staff over the years. A devout Mormon, Anderson looked upon journalism as a calling. Considered one of the fathers of investigative reporting, Anderson was renowned for his tenacity, aggressive techniques and influence in the nation’s capital. “He was a bridge for the muckrakers of a century ago and the crop that came out of Watergate,” said Mark Feldstein, Anderson’s biographer and a journalism professor at George Washington University. “He held politicians to a level of accountability in an era where journalists were very deferential to those in power.” Anderson won a 1972 Pulitzer Prize for reporting that the Nixon administration secretly tilted toward Pakistan in its war with India. He also published the secret transcripts of the Watergate grand jury. Such scoops earned him a spot on President Nixon’s “enemies list.” Watergate conspirator G. Gordon Liddy has described how he and other Nixon political operatives planned ways to silence Anderson permanently – such as slipping him LSD or staging a fatal car crash – but the White House nixed the idea. last_img read more