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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 1:48 AM (IST)

Drive to check adulteration

Drive to check adulteration
Consumers get food samples tested for adulteration at mobile laboratory in Mandi Ahmedgarh. Tribune photograph

Our Correspondent

Mandi Ahmedgarh, April 16

In order to tighten noose around shops selling adulterated food items, the Department of Health and Family Welfare started testing food samples collected by consumers in the region. The campaign was launched by the state government to check sale of adulterated food and beverages recently.

A team led by the food safety officer, Charanjit Singh, organised camps at various places in the town on Friday. While results for some samples were awaited, officials said 37 out of 96 samples of milk did not confirm to standards laid down by the Department of Health and Family Welfare.

As many as 30 samples of water out of 123 had undesired ratio of total dissolved salts, thus making it water hard, they added.

However, synthetic milk was not found in any of samples, besides no sample of besan (gram flour), red chilli and turmeric was found adulterated, they said.

A mobile laboratory equipped to test purity of milk, water, edible oils and other food items of daily consumption was deployed to check samples collected by consumers of different areas of the town, said officials.

The Assistant Commissioner (Food Safety), Sangrur, Ravinder Pal Garg, said teams of officials supervised by the Commissioner (Food and Drug Administration), Varun Roojam, was spreading awareness on causes and consequences of consuming adulterated food and beverages in a state-level “Food safety on wheels scheme” launched by the Chief Minister, Capt Amarinder Singh.

The BJP president, Parmod Gupta, councillors Deepak Sharma and Issa Mohammad, said residents were motivated to get food samples tested at random so that suppliers and shopkeepers were afraid of adulterating edible items with ingredients injurious to health.

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