Book criminal cases against food adulteration: DC

Mysuru: Deputy Commissioner C Shikha has instructed the officials to book criminal cases against traders, who indulge in adulteration of food products.

Presiding over a meeting at her office recently, the Deputy Commissioner directed the authorities concerned to form a team, comprising officials from Food and Civil Supplies department, Food Safety and Standards, Horticulture, Health and Legal Metrology departments.

The team should take punitive action against adulteration of food grains and fruits.
The DC said, there are various complaints against adulteration of food, especially fruits.

Chemicals are being sprayed to ripen fruits, mainly mangoes with the mango season to set in. In addition to this, there are complaints against adulteration of food grains on a large scale at APMC yard by wholesale dealers and retail merchants.

Book cases

Tur dal is being adulterated on a large scale. The team should crackdown on such traders and book case after assessing the standard of the food, she said.

Earlier, an official attached to the Food Safety and Standards department explained to the deputy commissioner that there are no such instances of selling adulterated fruits in the city.

He claimed to have collected and tested samples of watermelon fruits, following a complaint by the public. During the test, no such chemical was found to be used to ripen the fruit, he claimed.

However, the DC, who was not satisfied with the reply, asked the officials to initiate action, if any trader was found guilty.

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