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Drive to curb adulteration

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Steps to ensure quality of food during Diwali festival

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Government announced on Thursday that it would conduct a special drive to check the quality of food items of mass consumption in the run-up to Diwali to ensure that quality is maintained and consumers do not get adulterated products.

Giving this information here, Health Minister Yoganand Shastri said the SDMs and food inspectors of all 27 sub-divisions across the city would lift samples of various raw materials and essential commodities which are used in the preparation of sweets and other confectionery items. They would also lift samples of sweets, dry fruits, snacks and other confectionery items.

Dr. Shastri announced this after chairing a meeting of senior officers of the Directorate of Prevention of Food Adulteration in Delhi Secretariat here. The Health Minister said that while launching the special checking drive, all SDMs and food inspectors had been asked to be vigilant to ensure that no putrid or stale food items are allowed to be sold during this festival season and samples of suspected food articles are lifted in accordance with the provisions of the law. Dr. Shastri announced that directions had been issued to the Public Analyst Food Laboratory to ensure that the samples were received without any delay and the samples of the perishable items were analysed within 48 hours of receipt and a report submitted within three days. He said as per the latest report received from the Public Analyst Food Laboratory, of the 277 samples lifted during this October, 140 samples had been analysed of which four were found to be adulterated and five misbranded.

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