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Shot in the arm for food safety department

18,September, 2016

KOCHI: The food safety department inErnakulam, which was struggling with 14 vacant posts, finally heaved a sigh of relief as the government has approved the posting of 10 officials.

Sources in the department said that the 10 officials will be posted soon, without giving an exact joining date. At present the department has only two squads, comprising five members each, to conduct raids and rein in the sale of adulterated food items.

Assistant food safety commissioner, Ernakulam, Shibu K V said: "We can increase the number of raids and address the list of complaints with the arrival of more officials. As we don’t have more officials we have only two squads, one concentrating in Muvattupuzha andKothamangalam areas. The other squad is busy in western and central regions of the district."

Plans are afoot to reorganize the existing squads and form five squads with a team of three members.

The two squads conduct 70-75 raids and address around 100 public complaints each month.

Besides, they also collect samples for test.

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