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Raids unearth violation of food safety norms

Rs.51,500 collected as fine from different units in Kollam district
Rampant violation of food safety norms was detected by special squads attached to the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Food Safety (ACFS) here during inspections carried out across the district for six days from March 14.
ACFS (Kollam) K. Ajith Kumar said here on Monday that Rs.51,500 was collected as penalty from food production units for violation of norms during the period. The raids were carried out on directions from State Food Safety Commissioner T.V. Anupama.
An ice-cream manufacturing unit at Umayanallur, found to be operating in unhygienic conditions, was ordered to be closed. Mr. Ajith Kumar said samples collected from the unit were found to contain health hazardous substances, used as sweeteners. Prosecution procedures had been initiated against the owners for the offence.
Following several complaints about the quality of coconut oil available in the market, all coconut oil extraction units in the district were inspected and samples collected.
Manufacturers of branded coconut oils in the district had been issued orders to register their brands with the office of the ACFS by April 16. Brands that were not registered by then would be banned, Mr. Ajith Kumar said.
Various eateries, including thattukadas, provision stores and cookies and condiments manufacturing units, were also inspected. Notices were served on 36 persons. Instructions were issued to persons concerned to renew the food safety licences 30 days before the expiry date.
Nine bottled drinking water manufacturing units and ice manufacturing plants were also raided and samples collected.

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