Chandigarh, October 11, 2020: Haryana Health Minister, Anil Vij, the Food and Drug Administration conducted various raids across the state during the last one month.
During the raids, the Food and Drug Administration has collected 200 samples of adulterated ghee, butter, spices, tea leaves, cheese, khoya, mixed edible oil, mustard oil, vegetable oil, sesame oil etc. During the raids, 510 kg of ghee worth about Rs 2.14 lakh was also seized by the Department.
The Health Minister said that reports of 150 samples have been received so far, of these, 65 samples were found to be non-compliant with the prescribed food safety norms. He said that out of these 65, eight samples were found to be unsafe, 36 sub-standard and 21 mis-branded.
He said that of these above-mentioned cases, proceedings against eight unsafe samples are going on in the court, while investigation on the remaining sub-standard and miss-branded 57 samples is being done by the concerned authorities under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Vij informed that a joint committee has been formed at the state level. It consists of three officers headed by Joint Commissioner Food. This committee is closely monitoring a special raiding campaign being run in various districts of the state.
The committee has been ordered to examine stocks and samples of tea, spices, ghee and other food items as required, said the Health Minister.
He said that the committee has recently conducted raids in Panipat, Jind, Ambala and Karnal and collected 46 samples of food items including indigenous ghee, paneer, khoya, edible oils, vegetable oils.
Under this, 510 kg of ghee has been seized from Karnal, and action is being taken under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, said the Health Minister.