In a continuous and massive drive against adulterated food products, government officials have destroyed 315 litres of milk and fruit supply belonging to more than eight fruit vendors from Guwahati within the past month. Cases have been initiated against two milk suppliers for selling sub-standard products.
Food checks have also been conducted at various eateries across the city and notices have been issued to five hotels and sweet shops namely, Ajay Hotel, Sharma Sweets, Rookman Sweets and Salasar Kitchen to improve their kitchen conditions. A team comprising the minister of state for health & family welfare, Pijush Hazarika, along with officials of the department, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the State Public Health Laboratory (SPHL) are making surprise visits to various hotels, milk vans, sweet shops and factories to check the quality of products being sold to customers.
During the drive that started in the first week of June, the team has visited different areas including Khanapara, Ganeshguri, Fancy Bazaar, Bharalumukh, Beltola, and Rukminigaon. Fruits adulterated and ripened artificially using calcium carbide, milk mixed with substances like water and milk powder, was destroyed during the drive. Further, if the products are found to be sub-standard, a penalty which may extend up to Rs 5 lakhs is being imposed on the person or manufacturer selling, storing or distributing such products.
Similarly, the cases of misbranding are also being sent to the court of the adjudicating officer and a fine of up to Rs 3 lakhs is being imposed. And if the food is found unsafe for consumption, a case is being initiated at the judicial court and a fine of up to Rs 10 lakhs or life imprisonment is being imposed. “Food adulteration is an illegal practice and causes serious health hazards to consumers. The food safety drives are being conducted across the state to ensure that the food reaching end customers is safe and healthy,” said LR Nampui, food safety official of Kamrup (M).