Food samples collected, vendors responsible for maintaining quality: The Tribune India

Our correspondent

Hoshiarpur, September 21

While taking food samples from various stores in Piplanwala and Singriwala areas today, district health official Dr Lakhvir Singh said adulteration would not be tolerated in the district at any cost. and that strict action would be taken against violators under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

Taking samples of turmeric powder, rajmah, black pepper, mustard oil, flour, tea leaves, sooji (semolina), chickpeas, corn legumes, cakes and pastries in the stores of Piplanwala.

Dr Lakhveer Singh said the need of the hour was to ensure the availability of clean and hygienic food products for the population. He said samples have been sent to the food analysis lab. He called on food manufacturers to make it a priority to sell pure, quality food products.

The district health official said that, as instructed by the state food commissioner, sampling and testing will be stepped up in the coming days in preparation for the festival season. He told sellers and manufacturers to maintain the quality of food products.

Dr Singh said it has been observed that traders and manufacturers have a registration certificate of Rs 100, which is only for sales. According to the rules, traders and manufacturers must have licenses with a fee of Rs 2,000 to 3,000. He said: “It is totally against the rules and it also results in financial loss for the department. I call on traders and manufacturers to deposit the required fees in their respective license category only ”. The DHO was accompanied by food security officials Raman Virdi and Hardeep Singh, health assistants Naresh Kumar and Ram Lubhaya.

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