Indore : Eating an apple a day may not keep the doctor away and rather in may land you in the hospital. Food and Drug Administration Department had found synthetic wax coated apples, in their initial test, at various stores in the City during their action in August.
Now, the laboratory has also confirmed that the samples collected by the department were coated with paraffin wax and it is dangerous to the consumers.
According to senior food safety officer Manish Swami, the officials had collected samples from three main vendors of the vegetable market in July and samples of one of the vendors have failed the test.
“Samples of Kishanlal Bhikchand’ apple have been failed and we have issued them a notice to go for another test of the apples in 15 days. If the vendor couldn’t clear the test, stern action will be taken against him,” Swami said.
It is to be noted that CEO Zila Panchayat, Ashish Singh had informed the officials about the complaints of wax coating on apples after which a joint team of IMC and Food and Drug Administration seized large amount of apples from the market.
“Generally, honey wax is used for apples coating but vendors use paraffin wax to keep the apples shine in a low cost. Such products are used at the time of high demand and not regularly in the city market,” the Food Safety Officer added.
Samples of chocolates collected
In view of the Diwali festivities, the Food and Drug Administration has started collecting samples of branded chocolates.
“We have taken samples of Nestle, Cadbury and other chocolates from various shops of the city. The report of the samples will be received in a couple of days which will help us to raise an alarm over the edibles during the festival season,” Swani said.
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