As many as 278 samples of food items have been collected so far in the district as per the directions given by the Punjab Chief Minister Capt. Amarinder Singh to ensure high quality standards of sweets and other food items being prepared and sold during the festive season.
Divulging the details, the Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Kumar Amit Said that the teams of district administration and health department were also inspecting the food items in all the markets of Patiala including Patiala city, Samana, Patran, Nabha and Rajpura, Dudhansadha sub divisions. Out of 50 samples collected from various sweet and food outlets for testing, 33 have been analysed, out of which 3 samples could not meet the specifications laid by Food Safety Standards Authority of India. Legal action will be taken against the failed samples, he said by adding that of these, 22 samples were taken from Sweet Shop workshops.
Mr. Kumar Amit further informed that the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu was personally monitoring the campaign to check food adulteration across the state. He said that the Health Department has also introduced a mobile van in the district during the festive season, through which 158 samples have been taken in the month of October and 70 samples have been taken so far this month. The Mobile Van equipped with latest technology to analyse the sample, on the spot, he added.
The Deputy Commissioner made an appeal to the food vendors including all the confectioners, dairy owners, dhaba and hotel owners in the district to sell only sweets and food items of prescribed standards so as not to jeopardize the health of the common man.
He said that the district administration was quite serious about providing quality food to the people at all times including the festive season, for which the food vendors and other traders should adhere to all the specifications of FSSAI. He said ADC (G) Mrs Pooja Sayal Grewal and District Health Officer Dr. Shally Jetly have been supervising the campaign in the district. Exhorting the shopkeepers active in food items manufacturing business, he asked them to not to put the lives of the people on risk by adopting wrong practices of minting money. As the purpose of this campaign is not to disturb anyone, so everyone should cooperate the administration by avoiding food adulteration, he added.
Mr. Kumar Amit said that the administration was fulfilling its moral and legal responsibility diligently to save the people from adulterated food. He said that strict action would be taken against offenders and would not be spared at any cost, if they were found indulged in corrupt practices of preparing food items.