Vendors asked not to pack food in newspapers, polythene still in use

 

Newspoint Bureau

Srinagar, January 5

In view of serious health concerns created due to consumption of food contaminated by newspaper ink, street vendors, butchers and other roadside food kiosk owners have been asked not to use newspapers for wrapping, packing and serving food.

However, the authorities have so far failed to implement the ban imposed on use of polythene in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, several years ago. The High Court has also directed authorities to stop use of polythene in the valley.

The Food Safety & Standards Srinagar Assistant Commissioner said action will be initiated against such street vendors and butchers who wrap food in newspapers as per the relevant provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act.

“Food contaminated by newspaper ink raise serious health concerns with known negative health effects. Besides chemical contaminations, presence of pathogenic microorganisms in used newspapers also posses risk to human health,” he said.

Meanwhile, a number of areas in the city saw majority “Halwayees” roadside “Pakoda wallas” and “Manjgool wallas” selling their products after wrapping them in newspapers.

Halwa parathas, pakodas and Majgool besides malasa paratha are also being supplied in newspapers.

However, some of them are using polythene despite ban by the authorities.

People on roads alleged that Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) besides other concerned authorities have totally failed to implement the ban on use of polythene despite High Court directions also. Not only roadside vendors, including vegetable sellers, big business houses are also supplying their products in polythene to customers, they alleged and said our water bodies , drains and roads are remained full of polythene.

Ban on selling food items after wrapping them in newspapers will met same fate, they alleged.

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