The Fact News Service
SAS Nagar, August 5
Under ‘Mission Tandrust Punjab’, the Food Safety Branch of District Health Department conducted checks in shops at Phase 5 today. District Health Officer Dr. Subhash Kumar said that the team led by food safety officer Rajdeep Kaur took two samples of edible oil from a shop. Meanwhile, the food safety team from Delhi led by Vishal Soni inspected various shops and collected a total of 20 samples of various pulses. The team will take the samples to Delhi and test the samples at their own level. He said that on the instructions of Commissioner Food and Drugs Administration Punjab Mr. Abhinav Trikha, the special inspection campaign of edible oil has been initiated from August 1, which will continue till August 14.
Dr. Subhash Kumar said that the drive is to test the Trans fat and other parameters in edible oil. The team has already taken two samples from Derabassi. A total of 10 samples of edible oil will be collected from shops across the district.
Meanwhile, Dr. Subhash Kumar said the drive to check the quality and durability of the sweets, especially the “Best Before Date” tag at the container/tray holding sweets is already going on. He reiterated that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) had made it mandatory from October 1, 2020, to put up this tag.
The DHO said that as per the norms, the tags must be affixed on the trays in every shop and the shopkeepers were already sensitized about this by the health department. He asked the shopkeepers not to sell expired items and pay special attention to cleanliness. He said that checking is not meant to harass anyone but to ensure that clean and quality food items were made available to the people.