The food wing of the Health Department has decided to increase surveillance to check transportation of adulterated and substandard food manufactured in factories in rural areas to the city after yesterday’s seizure of 10 quintals of sweets, whose ownership has been claimed by nobody so far.
The seized sweets were destroyed today.The authorities stated that as the district is stretched far and wide, it is difficult to keep a check on illegal food manufacturing units in the rural areas. “We have been keeping a eye on illegal food-manufacturing units and have busted at least 40 such units in the past three years in the city,” said the District Health Officer, Dr Shivkaran Singh Kahlon.Kahlon said they believe the adulterers have shifted their area of operation from the city to the rural areas to escape detection by them. “The seizure has revealed that a large number of adulterated and substandard food items being sold in the city are being manufactured in the rural areas. In this scenario, we have ensured that no such items are allowed to enter the city,” he said.Kahlon said they are trying to identify the owner of the stock which was seized yesterday. “We would encourage people in the rural areas to report any suspicious manufacturing units because such temporary units come up before the festival season when the demand for sweets increases,” he said.The department had recently seized around 10 quintals of sweets from GT Road here. As nobody claimed the ownership of the sweets, the department destroyed these sweets, presuming them to be adulterated and substandard.Kahlon said, “The goods were seized from an auto-rickshaw driver. He feigned ignorance about the owner but gave us a telephone number from which he received the call about the delivery of the sweets. We had called up the number but no one has contacted us so far to claim the stock.”