Patna: Beware while buying sweets for Diwali.
Food safety officials on Thursday found a lizard in one container and a chameleon in another container of the ingredients used to prepare sweets at a workshop of ‘Neelkanth Sweets and Bakery’ located at R P S Mor on Bailey Road.
“We were aghast to see the lizard and the chameleon in the containers. There were spider webs all around the workshop at which the ingredients were not stored properly. While unhygienic conditions prevailed in the workshop, its drainage system was also flawed,” an official of the raiding team said, adding the workshop was not even licensed.
Sources said the proprietors claimed to have applied for the licence.
“But they failed to produce the application receipt… If they do not produce the papers within two days, we will lodge an FIR against them,” the official said and added 11 samples of suspected products and ingredients like ‘maida’ and ‘besan’ were collected from the workshop for lab tests.
The food safety team also raided ‘Santushti’ sweet shop in S K Puri on Boring Road and its workshop at Gandhinagar on West Boring Canal Road.
“A large number of insects were sitting on the sweets readied in the workshop for sale. We destroyed 50 kg ‘rasgulla’ because it was full of dead and alive ants,” said another official.
Thirteen samples of sweets and ingredients were collected from these two licensed establishments for laboratory tests.
The raiding team consisted of Mukesh Kashyap, Sudama Chaudhary and Narayan Ram.
This was the second consecutive day of food safety wing’s raids on sweetmeat shops ahead of the festival of lights which is also marked by the exchange of sweets by people. On Wednesday, the raiding team had sealed ‘Quality Corner’ on Boring Road after it found the shop operating in “extremely unhygienic conditions”.