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Status of Food Laboratories in India

Satya PrakashDr Satya Prakash, former director, Central Food Laboratory, Kolkata talks to Environment Health Bulletin on the status of labs in India.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had notified Rules on 5th August 2011 under FSSA Act 2006 to give guidelines to food industry for hygiene and regulations/ standards for safe and wholesome food for human consumption.

The Tale of Two States

Kasaragod and Bhopal tackle their waste—differently

Kerala initiated Operation Blossom Spring on June 17. The operation to dispose the obsolete stock of endosulfan started at the Plantation Corporation of Kerala (PCK) godown at Periye in Kasaragod district.

Regulating Mercury

Penultimate meeting held in Uruguay

mercuryThe Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) moved an inch closer to preparing a legally binding instrument to regulate mercury on a global scale. The fourth meeting was held at Punta del Este, Uruguay. The six-day meeting attended by over 500 participants began on June 27, 2012.

FSSAI takes energy out of the drinks

But keeps it high on caffeine

energy-drinksThe Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have moved ahead with finalizing rules for energy drinks. They seem to have taken the steps in the wake of the rising health concerns of these energy drinks.

Release of Excreta Matters in Hyderabad

Date: July 25, 2012

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the New Delhi-based research and advocacy body, SaciWATERs, released  ‘Excreta Matters’ – CSE’s 71-city study of how India’s urban centres manage their water and sewage in Hyderabad. Based on an exhaustive survey carried out across India, this study critically analyses current practices in water and sewage management and presents a roadmap for the future.

The report was released by Adhar Sinha, managing director, Hyderabad Water Supply Board.

Run for a cause: The Delhi Quarterathon

Denounce junk food. Support the cause of public health.

The Kasaragod Declaration

A National Workshop to develop a Comprehensive Rehabilitation and Rebuilding Program for the Survivors and Rejuvenation of the Eco-systems in the Endosulfan affected areas of Kasaragod District, was held on July 21-22. The two day program, CONCORD 2012, was held under the chairmanship of P Karunakaran, MP and it was inaugurated by the Kerala Chief Minister Ommen Chandy. Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment was the key note speaker on the occasion.

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The Kasaragod Declaration

We, the Participants of the National Workshop, that assembled under the Chairmanship of Sri P Karunakaran, MP and that was inaugurated by the Hon'ble Chief Minister of the Kerala State, Sri Oommen Chandy and consisted of the People's representatives and leaders, activists and members of social, cultural, health and environmental organisations, experts in various fields, the victims and survivors of the endosulfan induced tragedy, the District administration and

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