Conducted a survey in Chennai slums on the knowledge, attitude, belief and practices of slum dwellers on food safety at household level in association with National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad under World Bank assisted capacity building project on food safety.

Analyzed 1509 drug samples to find out spurious drugs in the market and has been instrumental in the seizure of spurious drugs by Drug Controller of Government of Tamil Nadu. The project was sponsored by IDPL Gurgaon.

Has supplied more than 1000 Annam Spot Test kits to Government of Andhra Pradesh and other states for distribution among their Voluntary Consumer Organizations.

Has conducted 57 workshop cum training programmes to detect common adulterants in food in 19 districts of Tamil Nadu supported by Department of Consumer Affairs, New Delhi and has trained more than 2000 women comprising members of Self Help Groups, teachers, students and housewives on detection of adulteration in foods using the Annam Spot Test Kit where the test procedure are based on BIS.

Has analyzed hundreds of fuel samples. Based on the test results, have been actively pursuing with Government of India for the revision of existing standards for Petrol which is vulnerable for adulteration by kerosene.

Has conducted 21 seminars on various consumer related topics in association with the Government of Tamil Nadu, Government of India and other public sector organizations.

Has detected 137 instances of adulteration in various food items during the 57 workshop cum training programmes conducted in 19 districts.

“LUNCH BOX CHALLENGE” a campaign on “JUNK FOODS” involving different schools children of Chennai was organized by CONCERT to select healthy foods among a variety of more than 20 dishes

A survey with help of student members of consumer club of MOP Vaishnav College for women, Chennai was conducted on the marketing strategy adopted by Multi National Companies through advertisement in visual and print media and the reaction of children to these advertisements.

“CONSUMER FEST – 2008″ was held involving Schools, Colleges and Government Departments to create awareness on Consumer Rights with the support of Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Government of Tamil Nadu.

A raid on the stockists of Kesari Dhal in Krishnagiri and Vellore Districts was ordered by Department of Civil Supplies and Consumer Protection, Government of Tamil Nadu on the information provided by CONCERT consequent on the finding that Kesari Dhal is freely marketed in these Districts.

The students of Madras School of Social Work, Egmore were motivated to run a campaign “TAFA”(Team against Food Adulteration) in 2009 along with a street play on the various aspects of food safety.

CONCERT was instrumental in exposing the network of adulteration in Teashops in Periyamet area of Chennai city which resulted in the conviction of a Tea company – a fine of Rs.20 Lakhs was ordered to be remitted into the Consumer Welfare Fund.

In the year 2009, CONCERT undertook a survey in Chennai schools to ascertain the quality of drinking water provided by school authorities for students. About 55.5% of schools failed in the quality of drinking water supplied to their students.

20 samples comprising branded and non branded samples of Idly Dosa Wet Flour from Chennai city were tested for their quality and safety. It was alarming to note that 55% of the samples failed in the test and were found to be bacteriologically contaminated. Tests indicated faecal contamination as H2S producing bacteria were found to be present.. The source of contamination in the preparation of IDWF is mainly due to the water which is likely to carry microorganisms and also the unhygienic method of handling of grinder.

During a survey of hygiene in Chennai city’s water distribution, CONCERT tested the quality of water supplied through Sintex tanks to the public. Out of 40 samples collected and tested for hydrogen sulphide producing coliform group of bacteria, 3 samples were found to be positive. This means that the water quality at these places was not upto the potable
water standard.

Have identified deficient labels in packaged commodities and the matter was brought to the notice of the State officials as well as the manufacturers concerned. Several well known brands were found to have violated the rules under the provisions of the Packaged Commodities Act.


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