Surprise checks of food outlets carried out in Jammu, Kashmir

A team from the Department of Food Safety carried out surprise inspection of 27 food establishments at Rehari, Sarwal and Gandhi Nagar and challaned 11 of them for keeping the food in unhygienic conditions.  The team also lifted 6 samples for analysis.

The challaned food establishments included Punjabi Brother Rehari Chungi, Pardhan Snacks, Hunger Strikes, Manohar Bakery and Food Point, Kala Hot n Chill Dhaba, Pardhan Sweet Shop New Plot, Bachan Fruit Shop, Mehra Fruit Shop and Pargal Cheese Corner Gole Market Gandhi Nagar.

Commissioner Food Safety, Dr Abdul Kabir directed all food business operators to make available quality food items to the consumers and not to sell open food on the roadside.  The team was led by Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety Jammu Dr Parvesh Kumar. The team also comprised of Food Safety Officers including Daleep Singh, Ajay Khajuria and Hans Raj.

Awareness camp was also organized for fruit vendors so as to alert them about the dangerous consequences of artificial ripening.  They were asked to only use ethylene gas ranging from 10 to 100 ppm in concentration depending upon the crop as per Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA). They were also asked not to use calcium carbide and liquid ethylene or oxytocin for ripening of fruits.

Awareness and inspection was also conducted at Fruit Mandi Narwal during which various fruit establishments and fruit vendors were inspected and different samples of fruits were lifted and sent to laboratory for analysis. 

Similarly market checking was also intensified at Bandipora and Kupwara districts in Kashmir. In Kupwara, about 50 kilogram of open pieces of expired confectionery and deteriorated meat were destroyed on the spot. Already a fine of Rs 3,77000 has been imposed on 24 food business operators for manufacturing and selling substandard food articles. Those fined include bakers, milk vendors and spice manufacturers.