NASIK: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nashik division is keeping a strict check on the products sold at sweet shops to ensure that no adulterated food articles are available in the market during Diwali. A drive has been taken up by the department to check samples of different food items.
Joint FDA commissioner Y K Bendkule said, “Eleven food inspectors are working through the district to ensure that there is no adulteration in the food items. Till now, we have collected 58 samples and sent for investigation to diffent laboratories.”
The food samples collected so far during the drive include six samples of khoa, 37 items of sweets, three samples of edible oil, three samples of vanaspati, two samples of ghee, four samples of besan and three items of farsan, added Bendkule.
The FDA officials said that there are many items that can be adulterated by wholesalers, retailers to make quick money. Harmful starch, artificial sweetening chemicals, non-approved food colours can all cause serious health complications.
On this backdrop, the FDA has taken up the drive to check the quality of food items being sold in the city. FDA officials have appealed to citizens to take precautions while purchasing ready-made sweets made of milk and other items.
Meanwhile, apart from taking samples of suspicious articles, the FDA is also checking if the silver foil that is used to decorate different sweets is replaced by aluminium foil by sweet vendors. The consumption of aluminium foil is hazardous for health.
Officials, however, added that they have not found a single case of aluminium foil on sweets in the city or the district so far. A few weeks back, the FDA seized goods worth Rs 7.73 lakh from a industrial unit in Satpur industrial area after they got a tip-off that the goods neither had batch number nor manufacturing date.tnn