Srinagar, May 23: On the directions of Commissioner Food Safety J&K Dr. Abdul Kabir Dar enforcement officers headed by the designated officers kick-started a multi-pronged inspection campaign of Food Business establishments of every kind, covering every aspect of food handling, preparation, transport and distribution with special drive for milk, beverages and fruits to assuage public health concern.
Intensifying the surveillance, inspections and random sampling in markets of respective jurisdictions of the district’s more than 50 samples of different categories of food items viz milk and milk products, dates, suji, fruit beverages, biscuits, edible oil, jam and pickle were lifted in the first week of Ramadan.
In district Srinagar 1Qtl of stale meat was destroyed and spices worth of 3 lakh was seized. Ten challans have been prepared against such Food Business Operators who did not adhere to the sanitary and hygienic requirements of Food safety and Standards Act. In district Budgam traditional pakodas and pickles exposed to dust were destroyed besides 50 kg of deteriorated fruits and vegetables were also destroyed on spot. In Baramulla, Pulwama, Bandipora and Shopian comprising hub of milk suppliers, random samples of milk, dates, edible oil and suji were lifted for laboratory analysis.
All the street food vendors, hawkers were directed to cover the food items like dates, other fruits and traditional fried products and warned of stiff penalties for any violation and noncompliance. Besides this, improvement notices were issued to various food business operators especially milk and meat sellers with the direction not to keep the meat hanging on display outside their shops.
Keeping in view the consumption trend during the auspicious month an advisory has been issued by the Commissioner Food Safety with regard to dates, fruits and milk and milk products. While the special drive will continue throughout the month of Ramadan to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food to the general public, consumers are requested to file any complaint regarding food quality in the market through proper on phone number 0194-2495191.