Indore: FDA tightens noose around  sweetmeat, namkeen shops

Indore: Officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) department and district administration jointly raided three sweetmeat shops in the city to check quality of food, on Friday. The raids were conducted in view of Raksha Bandhan and other festivals when people use sweets abundantly.

The actions were carried out under ‘Operation Vishuddha’, a drive against adulterated food and the officials collected samples of sweets, milk products and namkeen from three major shops– Jain Mithai Bhandar at Moti Tabela, Punjab Sweets in Khatiwala Tank and Maheshwari Sweets at Navlakha. Senior Food Safety Officer Manish Swami said: “We have collected samples of sweet mawa and boondi ke laddu from JMB while sample of sweet mawa was collected from other shops.

The admn drive will continue to keep a check on quality of sweets and namkeen as their consumption increases during the festival days. The samples have been sent to laboratory for testing and stern action will be taken against the shop owners if their products found adulterated.

Last year, the department seized more than 1,000 kg of spurious mawa before the festival from different city-bound buses. “As the demand of sweets increases during Raksha Bandhan, many shopkeepers use adulterated mawa brought from Neemuch and Gwalior to meet the demand. We are keeping an eye on buses coming to the city through which the mawa is being supplied to the city and other nearby areas,” Swami added.

Indore on top of licence and registrations, didn’t get any DO yet

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