Aakanksha N Bhardwaj
Tribune News Service
Nawanshahr, October 26
Adopting zero-tolerance towards adulteration in view of the festival season, a food safety team comprising Assistant Commissioner (Food) Manoj Khosla and Food Safety Officer Bikramjit Singh, has been carrying out regular checks at dairies, sweet shops and other eateries. Recently, 10 samples were taken from various eateries for analysis.
Khosla said the samples of milk, khoya-based sweets, edible oil and desi ghee had been taken from various local shops on the directions of the higher authorities.
Khosla said sweets shop owners had been directed to display best before on the trays. Permitted food colours could be used only in the prescribed limits ie only 20 gram in 100 kg of sweets. “Shopkeepers have been told to use fresh khoya and not that kept in cold stores,” he said.
He said a fine of Rs 5 lakh would be imposed for selling adulterated food items, up to Rs 1 lakh for preparing food items under unsanitary conditions and a fine of Rs 2 lakh would be imposed for not following the directions under the food safety Act.