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District Health officer appeals to shopkeepers to sell pure and quality food products

October 14, 2021 04:08 PM

Shopkeepers urged not to close shops during inspection drive, warns of stern action on violation of rules

Demand for bribe in the name of Food Safety Wing should be reported immediately: Dr Subhash Kumar


Mohali, October 14 :

In view of the upcoming festival season, District Health Officer (DHO) Dr. Subhash Kumar has again appealed to sweets makers, confectioners, grocery shopkeepers, vegetable / fruit sellers, dairy owners, milk sellers and other food business operators (FBOs) to sell pure, unadulterated and quality food items to the people. He said that food safety wing of the district health department is regularly visiting and inspecting all the areas across the district and it has come to their notice that many shopkeepers shut down their shops and run away, which is totally against the norms. He said that if a shopkeeper sells pure and quality food products, they need not to be afraid of anyone. The purpose of inspection in shops is to check the quality of products so that the health of the people is not compromised in any way. Notably, deputy chief minister Mr O.P Soni had recently convened a state level meeting of food safety officers and gave directions to ensure compliance of all food safety norms especially quality of food products across the state.

          Dr Subhash appealed to the shopkeepers to not shut shops during inspection as the inspection in not meant to harass anyone but to curb the adulteration of food items. He said their team collects samples where quality of the products is seemed to be compromised and not at par with the norms.  He said that shopkeepers should report to the district health department or its food safety wing if any bribe or monthly collection is sought in the name of any officer of the wing, so that strict legal action can be taken against such violators. D.H.O said, ' In case of solicitation of bribe, presidents or office bearers of unions of shopkeepers or dairy, grocery, confectionery etc. may contact me on my personal phone no 98766 43047 and register complaint against such miscreants which may also be employees of health department." He also said that in case of non-packaged/loose sweets, the container/tray holding sweets at the outlet for sale should display the "Best Before Date" of the product which was made mandatory from October 1, 2020.

         Dr. Subhash Kumar added that under the Food Safety Act, it is mandatory for every FBO to sell pure, unadulterated and nutritious items. Strict legal action will be taken if any shopkeeper violates this law. He also appealed to the people to be vigilant and sensitized and not to compromise on quality while purchasing food items.

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