The Food Safety Department has urged devotees not to buy jaggery, rock candy, oil and ghee sold in open places. Such items should be procured from licensed shops.
In a release, the department advised people not to buy candyfloss, ice sticks, cotton candy, and flavoured drinks, as it could be made of artificial and banned items.
People should check whether packed food items had prescribed label containing details of manufacturers and date.
It was also advised not to take sarbath and juice items, as unhygienic ice used to preserve fish could be used for its preparation.
Food should not be taken in plates made of plastic and thermocol. Registration had been made mandatory for offering free food to devotees and opening temporary outlets.
Complaints related to food safety during festivals could be filed by dialling the toll-free number 1800 425 1125, 8943346195, 8943346526.