The Akshay Patra programme, the world’s largest school meal programme of a non-governmental organization, recently got an entry into the Limca Book of Records for providing hot meals to more than 1.3 million children at 800 schools, across 18 locations in eight states of India. The organisation owes a lot to its hi-tech and hygienic kitchens for the success.
Though automation in production processes has evolved in the bakeries in terms of ovens and other sophisticated equipment, automation in cleaning is yet to take off. Inadequate infrastructure, high investment required for equipment & space, labour intensive processes and lack of awareness about FSSAI Act amongst the baker community are the main issues, reports Shardul Nautiyal.
If the enthusiasm and commitment of the Minister of Tourism, Subodh Kant Sahai to make select tourism destinations in India clean & hygienic bears fruit, 2012 will definitely be the “Year of India” as envisaged by him. In an exclusive interview with Clean India Journal’s Jayaraman Nair and Mangala Chandran, the Minister explains how focusing on the upkeep of tourist destinations and the approach to those at the grassroots level would be the prime objective of Campaign Clean India. The Campaign to be launched in April this year will aim to double the number of inbound tourists to India from the present five million to 10 million by the end of 2016, which would be one per cent of all global travellers visiting India. He is also open to suggestions and road maps from Clean India Journal.
One of the oldest known metalwork manufacturing processes where metal is pressed, pounded or squeezed under great pressure and heated into high strength parts is forgings. The domestic automotive sector and outsourcing have been the key drivers of growth for the forging industry in India with consistent increase in production, capacity utilization and exports. With the booming auto component industry with forging exports projected to touch US$5 billion (which is about 15% of the auto component exports) by 2015, the demand for forgings is expected to be at least 16% per annum. The forging industry is largely growing around automotive industry which is mainly concentrated in West as well as South India. But how are forging manufacturers maintaining the production premises? What is the cleaning technology being adopted? What are their specific cleaning requirements? Mohana M finds out…
Users in any food processing environment face a number of hazards, including sharp-edged tools, materials and surfaces, temperature extremes, food products themselves, grease, bacteria and the harsh solutions, and chemicals used to clean & sanitize processing areas... Using the right hand protection for the application can also protect food products from contamination and the spread of food borne pathogens.