How safe it is to consume tea made
from tea bags?
The Food Safety
and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had been established under Food Safety
and Standards, 2006 which consolidated various Acts and Orders that handled
food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI is certifying
all food products sold in this country, and many of you must have seen its
emblem on all the packaged foods sold.
FSSAI has also initiated several steps to reach out to
the common man and to involve them for ensuring safe and healthy food in India.
Even their Local Circle effort is a case in point (jumping the bandwagon?).
My recent experience has raised several serious questions about their ability
to reach out to the people and do their job in an effective manner. These
days, everyone is habituated to drinking tea made of tea bags. These bags
appear to create serious health issues to those who consume such tea preparations.
Hence, when I saw the “Whatsapp” message about this hazard, I referred the
matter to FSSAI. Unfortunately, I am yet to receive their response. Given
below is the mail sent by me about 20 days back.
How safe it is to consume tea made from tea bags?
Messages are circulating in “Whatsapp” and other social
media, that to enhance the life (prevent easy tearing) of tea bags, a chemical
‘Epichlorohydrin’ is being used, which can cause cancer. This finding is being
attributed to The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
of the United States.
Similarly, the food grade nylon, used in the manufacturing
of tea bags, has the potential to cause several diseases, including cancer.
It is also found that in some tea bags, ‘flouride’ content is stated to be
Is FSSAI aware of these findings? Are tea bags safe
for human use? Have you conducted any study or analysed in the lab? Eager
to know. These days we are consuming tea made of tea bags without any inhibition.
Can we continue to do so?
Awaiting your early response.
Let the consumer
Employees are entitled to benefit
of two years weightage under the Employees Pension Scheme
- Justice is not Supreme
Supreme Court fails
to uphold the law
Some suggestions to Chief Justice of India - Is it
that the Laws & Rules need to remain only on paper?
Amendments to Consumer Protection Act
A big question
mark about the relevance of the judiciary in safeguarding
Curative Petition dismissed)
In India, consumers have been at the receiving end
since long. One thought that things will change for
the better after the Consumer Protection Act was enacted in
1986 and a structured approach was adopted to promote and safeguard
the interests of the consumers. But after 2004, things
have gone from bad to worse. Commencing from the castration
of the Central Consumer Protection Council, the relevance of the
consumer Act itself has been brought into question. If the
government is found wanting and none too serious to strengthen this
voluntary initiative of the individuals to do their bit for a healthy
society, which in any case is bound to benefit the industry, its
competitiveness and the country as a whole, myopic approach only appear
to rule the roost, as on date.
Important amendments which were brought in 2003 to the
Consumer Protection Act, with a clear objective of penalising
Unfair Trade Practices and to compensate the consumer/litigant
adequately have been frustrated by the indifferent approach of
the National Commission as well as the Supreme Court. That
is why, giving the benefit of doubt to the bench which did not do justice
to the issues placed before it by Consumer Protection Council, Rourkela,
and to take the issues pursued by it to the logical end, Curative
Petition was filed. The GROUNDS
categorically illustrate the denial of “Natural Justice”
to the Petitioner Council and the failure of the Court in
addressing the issues raised in the “Appeal”. Rupa
Ashok Hurra case specifically has laid “Violation of
Principles of Natural justice” as the valid ground for considering
a Curative Petition. Question is whether a narrow view of
non-issue of notice alone should be taken as the requisite ground
for allowing the Appeal or blatant denial to consider the Grounds
of Appeal by the concerned bench should be treated alike, in the larger
interests of justice? If this anomaly is not addressed,
Curative Petitions will only be found useful when
the media start highlighting an issue, like the LGBT case – leading
to the strength of the population deciding the outcome of the Curative
Petition. This does not augur well for a civilized democratic
Learned ex-Justice of Gujarat & Rajasthan High Courts,
Sri M.R.Calla, and designated Sr. Advocate of the Supreme
Court had unequivocally advocated for allowing the Curative
Petition of the Council, pointing
out the gross miscarriage of justice and denial of natural
justice. But that has not appealed to the Supreme
Court bench headed by the CJI, who have dismissed
the Curative Petition, as per the Order made available
on the internet today.
Something needs to be done to address and to save the
people from this hyper-technical approach of the Supreme Court
and to promote the consumer movement, which is after all in
the best interests of the nation. Will Shri Narendra Modi
and his government do something to stem this rot?
How can the Supreme
Court pass an irrelevant order?
is your right'
Fleece the consumer
and go scot-free
Finish the consumer movement?
A consumer organisation
with a difference. Instead of rendering
advisory services alone, the Council since its inception,
in 1985, has been taking up issues affecting them through the
consumer courts and other means and feels proud to have provided
relief to crores of people. These include:
It will not be an
exaggeration to add that its activities have added to the confidence
of the Rourkela population, against unethical business practices.
- Remedial action against
short filling of LPG in cooking gas refills; of the 184 LPG
Bottling Plants, of the three Oil Marketing Companies (IOC,
BP & HP), only 4 remain to be automated. Even these
will be modernised within the next financial year 2013-14).
The quantified loss of nearly Rs. 750 crores per year to the consumers
across the country has been taken care by this upgradation.
Thanks to the Council's Original Petition initiatied in 2001,
before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC).
- Won an important case against
the Rourkela Development Authority and secured financial
relief for a group of individuals, against violation of Plan
& Specifications in the construction of the houses and
delay in handing over the possession.
- Obtained a separate District
Forum for Rourkela, though it is not the district headquarters,
which otherwise necessitated the entire Rourkela population
to approach the Forum, situated at Sundergarh, a place 100 km
- Re-routing of Dhanbad-Alleppey
Express train through Chennai Central;
- Campaigned against non transferring
of excise duty concessions (to the consumers) extended by
the union government to the industry;
- Better upkeep of the railway
coaches of Utkal Kalinga Express and other trains;
- Reintroduction AC Chair
Car in Ispat Express;
- Refunding of booking advance
by M/s APSL and M/s LML; and many more.
The fifth Voluntary Consumer Organisation in the country
to have set up a Consumer Information Centre,
with the support of Ministry of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution,
Govt. of India. Has earned a niche for creating consumer
awareness and handling of individual
as well as group/class grievances. It is bringing
out an English monthly Advantage Consumer, to
educate the consumers. It is represented in various Advisory bodies.
An Aware Consumer is
an Asset to the Nation
Through this site effort will be made to disseminate all
relevant information and answers to many of the queries which
are frequently asked. Knowledge is power and ignorance is
the root cause of all exploitation. As a consumer, we hope you
will find the site quite useful. Since ours is a voluntary organisation
with meagre resources we have designed the site on our own and
are sure there will be lot of scope to improve. As such we invite the
public and the visitors to this site to communicate their valuable
feedback, so that we may improve the contents of this site.
Lots & Lots of information in store
for you to tap, in the Information Section. Why wait
to click on Information.
If you are keen to support the Council, you may send in
your donations through crossed Cheques/Demand Drafts, drawn
in favour of "Consumer Protection Council, Rourkela". All
donations to the Council are exempted under sec. 80G of the
Income Tax Act. The Council is also registered under the FCRA
(Foreign Contribution Regulation Act).