As the festive season takes off, the Food Safety Cell of UT health department is keeping an eye on all major sweet manufacturers in the city.
From October 15, food inspection officers have checked 20 sweet manufacturers and destroyed about 250 kg unhygienic sweets.
Under Epidemic Diseases Act, u/s 2, health officials are empowered to take immediate steps to ensure safety of residents, by taking precautionary measures. Health officials are empowered to destroy on the
spot food articles which are exposed to dust and
flies and prepared in unhygienic conditions.
Making full use of Epidemic Diseases Act, the Food Safety Cell of UT Health Department has destroyed approximately 250 kg which was exposed to flies and were being made in unhygienic conditions.
The department has further warned the shop owners of action, in case they fail to maintain hygiene in future.So far, officers of Food Safety Cell of UT Health Department have conducted 16 surprise checks on sweet manufactures in Chandigarh.
It includes Mahadev Sweets and Chandigarh Sweets from Daria Village, Ekashal sweets from Industrial Area, three Petha units in Palsora village, Sindhi sweets and others.
Twenty samples of sweet products like petha, dhodha and other products made of milk and khoya were seized and sent for analysis at food testing laboratories. Reports will be out in 14 days.
Dr Rajiv Khaneja, head, Food Safety Cell said,
“Most commonly, the adulteration cases are of substandard and misbranded products, in some cases the use of synthetic colours is also found.”
As per the Food Safety and Standards Act, cases of adulteration and labelling falls in the categories of substandard and misbranded food, while the use of synthetic and major adulterated products, including harmful chemicals fall under the unsafe category.
Dr Khaneja added, “Synthetic colours and adulterated sweets are carcinogenic and can cause cancer and kidneys stones. Its short-term effects can be vomiting, diarrhoea among other diseases.”
“The surprise checks in the city will continue till the end of the festive season. The main purpose of these checks is to alert sweet manufacturers that they are being watched.
They better prepare, store and serve sweets in hygienic manner, otherwise, they will have to bear the consequences,” a food safety inspector said.