Herald: Adulterated food items worth Rs 60,000 seized in Canacona

Adulterated food items worth Rs 60,000 seized in Canacona

27 Aug 2018 06:02am IST

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27 Aug 2018 06:02am IST

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CANACONA: A team of officials from the FDA confiscated over 500 kgs of food items on account of addition of non-permitted food colours in edibles at the weekly bazaar on Saturday in Canacona.

CANACONA: A team of officials from the FDA confiscated over 500 kgs of food items on account of addition of non-permitted food colours in edibles at the weekly bazaar on Saturday in Canacona. 

The seized items, valued about Rs 60,000 were later destroyed at the garbage treatment plant at Dumane.

Diogo Da’Silva, a social activist based in Canacona, told Herald that he had complained to the authorities regarding sale of adulterated food items in the Saturday market at Chaudi in Canacona taluka. 

Taking cognisance of the complaint a team from food and drugs authority (FDA), lead by Rajaram Patil and consisting of sampling attendants Sudhakar Parsekar as well as Ramesh Vernekar raided the Saturday market at Chaudi in Canacona and found food items adulterated with non-permitted food colours in it.

The raiding FDA team was assisted by Anil Bhagat, an office bearer of the Canacona market association, Natividade D’Sa and Wilson Fernandes.

Eye witnesses present during the raid observed that the FDA team inspected fruits, vegetables, spices and other food items on sale and detected non-permitted colours in red chilly powder, Kurkure and peas.

After conducting panchanama, all the seized adulterated items were transported to garbage treatment plant located at Dumane and disposed off by burning.

It may be recalled that this is the third raid in as less as three months wherein FDA detected adulteration in food items. 

In a similar raid conducted in June, FDA team had detected sale of stale and unlabeled food items by a sweet mart shop and during the month of July mangoes worth rupees three lakhs were seized for inducing artificial ripening with carbide which were later done away with by burying them underground at GTP.

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