Authorities have booked 51 persons for violating Food Safety and Standards Act (FSA) and recovered a fine of Rs 2.24 lakhs from the offenders in the summer capital.
To ensure that consumers get quality food, the Department of Food and Drug Control Srinagar post floods has intensified market inspections.
Officials said since November 1, 2014, around 940 inspections were carried in different markets of Srinagar. "Out of 145 food samples lifted from various business units, the department received 108 tests. Out of these, 46 were found sub-standard, 18 misbranded, 5 unsafe. In 12 cases products were found both substandard and misbranded," they said.
They said authorities have launched prosecution in 51 cases, 49 before adjudicating officer and two before municipal magistrate. "121 business operators have been put on notice and asked to improve the quality of eatables they serve to consumers," they said.
Official documents also reveal as how the authorities put an endless efforts in post flood era to ensure that contaminated food is destroyed. "Flood hit item (eatables) were seized under the directions of High Court and destroyed. The estimate of these products is more than Rs 55 lakhs," the documents state.
"Some of the restaurants were found violating Food Safety laws by mixing synthetic color and other hazard chemicals to make the food tasty. These chemicals which are banned on most of the developed countries are dangerous to health. Under the provisions of law, hoteliers and restaurants were also put on prohibitory notice," reads officials documents.
Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad Mir, said government has issued directions that quality of eatables should not be compromised.
"We are going to intensify our inspections and any one found involved in any offence would be dealt strictly under law,"Mir added.