120 SAMPLES OF EDIBLE ITEMS IN STATE FAIL TO MEET STANDARDS
Many edible items like noodles, milk, condensed, sweets, and cooking oil being sold in the State capital do not conform to the standards. The office district food safety department had sent 120 samples of food items collected from various places in Dehradun district to State food and drug laboratory in Rudrapur and the report suggests that 24 samples have failed. These samples were collected from July 2015 to May this year.
The District Food safety officer, Anoj Thapliyal informed The Pioneer that the samples of many top noodle manufacturing companies failed as they were found to have traces of Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG).
This according to Thapliyal is not serious as in a recent order, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSAAI) has clarified that the MSG of food chain origin is permissible. He informed that the some milk and condensed milk samples were found to have less fat percentage than minimum required.
Thapliyal however added that none of the failed sample had any harmful chemical detrimental to the health of the user. He informed that the sample of a popular edible oil manufacturing company failed to meet the standards. This edible oil was found to have less than prescribed Iodine number of Soapnification value.