Hoshiarpur, February 28
In a campaign by the Department of Health against adulteration under the Tandarust Mission, Punjab, special raids were carried out under the leadership of the District Health Officer, Dr. Lakhvir Singh.
A food safety team, along with district health officer Dr Lakhvir Singh, took samples of jaggery and brown sugar from various locations. Later, the team reached a ‘Singh Daily Needs’ convenience store in the residential area of No. 3 Street of Govind Nagar locality in Fatehgarh region and found expired products kept for sale in the store.
The team found expired breads, orange drinks, soft drinks, spices and other food items, including glucose packets, in the store.
There were a few items that had been expired for over a year, but were still kept on the shelves. In addition, there were food products, including pulses, which had no packaging or expiry date.
When the District Health Officer inquired of the operator of said store about the registration and license required to sell food products under the Food Safety and Standards Act, he confessed that they were selling milk, dairy products as well as groceries and other food products but did not have the license of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
The district health officer also found the store to be in poor condition with most items covered in dust. The store operator has one week to obtain the necessary license and have the cleaning work carried out, failing which the store will be sealed.
Dr Lakhvir Singh said two samples of Singh Daily Needs bulk orange drink and semolina have been sent to the food testing lab in Kharar and action will be taken accordingly after the report is received in 15 to 20 days.