UNDER CLOSE WATCH:Officials of the Department of Food Safety inspecting sweets at a shop on Bharathy Street in Puducherry on Thursday.
Ahead of Deepavali, officials from the Department of Food Safety on Thursday continued with their inspection of sweet and confectionery shops to ensure that there was no adulteration in the food items.
A number of samples were taken for testing of shelf life and use of colouring agents by the team led by I. Danaraju and Ravichandran, Food Safety Officers, and Balakrishnan, designated officer of the Department of Food Safety.
Owners were instructed to maintain hygiene and quality as per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. Officials inspected raw material that were used in making sweets as well as the final products.The inspection was aimed at detecting the quality of sweets and whether non-permitted colours were used since there was a spurt in sales during the festive season.
Mr. Danaraju said that some outlets made use of used palm oil with refined oil and used non-permitted colours which were not allowed under the Food Safety and Standards Act.
The samples would be tested at the Food and Drugs Testing Laboratory here. If any adulteration was found, stringent action would be taken under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, he added.
Food Safety Officers inspect hotels
Imphal, October 27 2016: A team led by Imphal West Food Safety Officers inspected drive at hotels selling food items including meat shops in and around Imphal area today.
Apart from checking to see if the hotels are complying with safety norms under Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the team also inspected various hotels to ascertain they have obtained FSSAI licenses.
The team also directed some hotels to make mandatory changes under FSSAI within November 15 .
Officials informed that inspection drive will be conducted every now and then so that people can purchase food items without worrying about the safety and hygiene of the processed or manufactured food.
Since Diwali and Ningol Chakkouba festivals are approaching, number of sweets and other hotel manufactured food items consumers are increasing.
As such, it is necessary to make sure that people consume hygienic food items, they added.
The officials also urged the licensed hotels and meat shops to adhere FSSAI norms.
Samba, Oct 27: To ensure hygiene standards and adulteration-free sweets, the team of Food Safety Department officials raided several sweet shops in Samba and Ghagwal on Thursday.
Samples of various sweets Shops from Ghagwal and Samba were collected and sent for testing to the public health laboratory. Samples of sweets such as Laddu,Barfi,Gulab Jamun were sent for testing and team also destroy some sweets in Ghagwal.
The officers warned to the shopkeepers to clean their shops and display the rate list in front of the shops. The team also imposed fine Rs 2300 from the shopkeepers on the spot.
“On the Eve of Diwali complaint were received about few Shopkeepers selling adulterated sweets and not showing the rate list in front of the shops. The department team conducted surprise raid in various shops of sweet in Samba and Ghagwal and some sweets were destroyed on spot and sample collected for sending it to Laboratory for testing,” said Rajesh Jamwal Food Inspector Samba.