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60 kg adulterated sweet items seized from stalls at Chhapar Mela

14,September, 2019

Ludhiana: To combat supply of adulterated food items across the districts, the food safety team of the health department carried out an extensive checking drive at Chhapar Mela on Friday.

The team recovered 60 kg of sweet items made with artificial colours and flavours which is harmful for children as well as women.

During an inspection of various food stalls installed at Chhapar Mela, the food safety team took samples of several milk products over suspicion of being adulterated with harmful chemicals.

Moreover, a team of the drug department and legal metrology also conducted surprise checking at several outlets for selling tobacco products openly in the city markets. They were also issued challans.

The health department generated Rs 5,000 from several offenders during the tobacco awareness drive. They also gave strict instructions to the offenders regarding the same.

District food safety officer, Yogesh Goyal, said under the supervision of the district health officer, Andesh Kang, a team of the food safety officers carried out inspection at different food stalls at the Chhapar Mela.

They found several adulterated food items containing harmful coloured flavour.

“We have destroyed more than half a quintal of sweets on the spot at the Chhapar Mela. We have collected samples of various milk products and sent it to a laboratory for further testing,” he said.

The food safety team inspected as many as five to six dairy shops in Payal and Dhaka areas of the district on Friday and took samples of 7 to 10 food items, including curd, ghee and other milk products for laboratory testing.

“The district health department team will take action after the report and impose heavy fine on the offenders,” he said.

“We have issued a proper guidelines to all the city-based vendors that they should avoid using newspaper for wrapping the food items. We have also issued instructions to vendors to use masks, gloves, gown and caps while preparing and serving food items,” said Goyal.

The health department advised people to check the quality of food items before buying due to change in the weather conditions.

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