Ludhiana: Before festive season, health department has taken many samples from different sweets shops but so far no reports have been out by the department. The festive season had gone but still no reports have been revealed by the department.
Many checking drive were organized in which samples from many sweetmeat shops were collected and were sent for testing. Surprisingly even after so many weeks the health department officials have failed to announce the report of these samples.
Irregularity in their working of health department has exposed them properly as no reports have been released the officials which shows the officials are hand in gloves of sweet shops.
From adulterated ‘Khoya’ to the silver layer used on sweets by the sweetmeat shop owners, every kind of irregularities are going on openly in the city while the health department was sitting on its hands.
Residents now say that health department was not ready to hold raids at major sweetmeat shops due to their personal interest.
According to the sources in health department, they have taken more than 60 samples from different sweets shops in past 30 days but reports are not being revealed.
Methods to check purity
Put a drop of iodine liquid on khoya. If a blue layer is formed, it indicates the presence of starch in khoya.
Rub the silver leaf layer on sweets with two fingers if it becomes powder then it is original. If after rubbing it forms a wick then it could be aluminum foil which is dangerous for health.
Food Safety and Standard Act
According to food safety and standard act, cases of less adulteration and labelling matters come in the categories of “substandard” and “misbranded”.
While the use of synthetic and major adulterated products, including harmful chemicals, insects in food, come under “unsafe” category.
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