Adulterated or misbranded
Out of the total 820 samples of food collected by the health authorities during this period, 239 samples failed quality tests
These samples were either adulterated or misbranded by the food safety administration
These samples were of milk, sweets, bakery products, grocery items etc
Thirty per cent of the food samples collected in the state in May were adulterated. This despite the fact that all district magistrates had asked the health and civic authorities to ensure sale of quality food items.
Out of the total 820 samples of food collected by the health authorities during this period, 239 samples failed quality tests. These samples were either adulterated or misbranded by the food safety administration.
These samples were of milk, sweets, bakery products, grocery items etc.
Twenty-nine samples of food items failed quality tests in Amritsar, five in Bathinda, five in Barnala, 15 in Faridkot, four in Fatehgarh Sahib, three in Fazilka, 13 in Ferozepur, two in Gurdaspur, five in Hoshiarpur, 29 in Jalandhar, 17 in Kapurthala, 21 in Ludhiana, three in Moga, 23 in Mohali, 18 in Nawanshahr, 17 in Patiala, five in Pathankot, seven in Ropar, 17 in Sangrur and one sample failed the tests in Tarn Taran. No samples of food items were collected in Muktsar district during this period. In Mansa district, eight samples of food items were collected and all passed quality tests.
The Health Department had fixed a target to collect 1,740 samples of food items but the district-level health authorities’ collected only 820 samples, which were 47 per cent less than the target.
A senior official of the Health Department said over 1,000 samples of food had been collected in June. Their reports are awaited.
Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani has called a meeting of all civil surgeons on July 12 in Chandigarh, in which the issue of quality in food products will be discussed.