PUNJAB LAUNCHES DRIVE TO CHECK FOOD ADULTERATION
Chandigarh/Sept.30, 2015 – To Punjab has finally decided to intensify its drive to check food adulteration. Selling of contaminated food items are playing havoc with the lives of the people and state’s food safety department has been failed so far to control the adulteration owing to widespread corruption in the department. Sweets, khoya and other dairy products are of special concerns during the forthcoming festival season.
The Health Department has directed the officers to increase raids on the eateries and sweet shops suspected of selling such products.
Recently formed district level committees, would collect milk samples from sweet shops, dairies and other shops. To check selling of contaminated bottled water, the department has directed the officers to ensure the packed bottles carry the ISI/ BIS marks on the packages.
According to the Food Safety and Standards Act, the punishment for selling adulterated food is up to seven years imprisonment and up to Rs 10 lakh fine.
Expressing doubts about the efficacy of the drive, food safety activists believe that such drives in the past have been unsuccessful due the corruption in the department as the people who are responsible for collecting the samples, actually use their powers to ‘collect’ money instead of ‘samples’ from the businesses.