One week FSDA anti-adulteration drive to keep an eye on Rakshabandhan sweets: FSDA commissioner
Meerut: Food Safety and Drugs Administration (FSDA) has instructed its officials to form teams and start a week-long drive to keep an eye out for sweets being sold in the market. The move is aimed at checking adulteration in the food items conidering the festive season. The drive, which started on Wednesday, resulted in the officials taking samples from two city-based sweet shops, both situated in Jagriti Vihar. With Rakshabandhan just a week away, FSDA officials are keeping a close eye on sweets, namkeens and milk-made products.
"Rakshabandhan is just around the corner. I have instructed officials in all districts to make teams to carry out anti-adulteration drives till August 17. All suspected food items must be immediately sent for tests," read the circular issued by Murli Manohar Lal, FSDA commissioner, Lucknow to all the district magistrates in Uttar Pradesh.
"A five-member team of the food department is conducting regular checks. Suspicious food items are being sent to the laboratory for various tests. Stringent actions will be taken against those found flouting rules set by the department," said said J.P Singh, chief food safety officer.
Though samples of the suspicious food items will be sent to Lucknow’s food testing lab to avert any manipulation at the city-based lab, those suspected of being highly adulterated will be sent to the city-based lab for immediate reports. "The reports from the city-based lab can be proccured in 48 hours. Officials can take the call of action against the producer or seller of the relevant food item soon after the reports are out, without waiting for the same from the Lucknow-based testing lab," added Singh.