KOCHI: The food safety department handed over a report to the Human Rights Commission on food adulteration on Tuesday. Over a two-year period, the food safety department had collected around 4,927 samples of which around 650 were found to be adulterated or substandard for consumption.
The reports and data regarding the same was handed over to the Human Rights Commission by the secretary of the food safety department at the behest of the commission following a complaint from human rights activist in Kochi.
Over 15 cooking oil brands, which were found to be adulterated, were banned. The report states that necessary legal actions had been taken against guilty parties. The report seeks to form a special squad to conduct regular raids at hotels, bakeries, juice stalls and thattukadas to ensure food safety .
The procedures for upgrading the analytical labs, under the food safety commissioner, to national standard and attaining accreditation are in the final stages of completion. As soon as the labs are fully equipped to national standards, analytical laboratories in the state would be able to independently analyse the samples collected in and around the jurisdiction of the department.