Following an alleged sale of fraudulent food products during the holiday season, the Ranchi District administration has embarked on a massive food control campaign at hotels, restaurants and confectionery shops in the state capital.
A task force has been formed, made up of officials from the district administration and the food department, which has so far inspected 23 confectioneries, hotels and restaurants.
Ranchi SDO Deepak Dubey, who leads the team, said samples were collected and found that many stores were involved in selling substandard and spurious food products.
He warned that action would be taken against those food owners if they found themselves playing with people’s health. The SDO carried out inspections throughout the day. A food testing van from the state food testing laboratory and a quality analyst accompanied him. Samples are tested on site.
So far, five types of adulteration and abnormalities have been found, namely adulteration in candy and the use of paneer starch. It has been discovered that inedible colors are used in the preparation of candies. Even the ghee used to prepare sweets and other foods has been found to be adulterated. There are a few stores that have not displayed the FSSAI food license. In some cases, the expiration date of packaged foods was not mentioned.
While the SDO called on store owners to maintain quality, it also warned against strict legal actions for violations of food safety standards.
The district administration has also alerted all police stations to maintain vigilance over the transport of adulterated paneer and other dairy products, as during the last holiday season, huge quantities of these items were seized in Ranchi. Meanwhile, the district administration has also asked the common people to inform the administration if they have any information about a store and facility selling substandard food.