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Drive against adulteration: health teams seize 14 quintal more spurious cheese in Mohali, Patiala

PUNJAB NEWS EXPRESS | April 06, 2022 09:01 PM

CHANDIGARH: In another action against adulteration in food items under the ongoing drive, the Health Teams on Wednesday seized 14 quintals more adulterated food items.

Giving details in this regard, Punjab Health Minister Dr. Vijay Singla said that the health team seized 7 quintal 80 kg spurious cheese in in district SAS Nagar besides another seizure of 6 quintals 20 kg paneer in Samana town of Patiala district. Meanwhile, the inter-district teams of the health department have also collected 110 samples of milk, cheese, khoya, powdered milk, ghee and other food items in 13 districts in two days, which were being sent to the State Food Lab for testing.

"No one will be allowed to play havoc with the health of the people of the state by selling adulterated or spurious food products", said the Health Minister, adding that the Punjab government has adopted zero tolerance towards adulteration of food items in the state. Dr. Singla said that the Punjab Government under able leadership of the Chief Minister Mr. Bhagwant Singh Mann committed to provide pure & quality food items to the people and such actions were part of this commitment.

Disclosing more about seizure, Dr. Vijay Singla said that complaints were pouring in regarding the supply of substandard cheese in district Mohali and on the basis of a tip off, a team from district Sangrur set up check posts in different areas of Mohali at 4:00 AM. The stock of 7 quintals 80 kg of cheese was seized after taking the sample from the vehicle which carried the same for supply the cheese from the outer districts. The team also raided at cheese making unit which was involved in supplying the cheese. Apart from this, the team also collected 8 more samples of milk products and sweets with artificial colours from different factories in district Mohali. Dr. Singla said that the health of the people would not be compromised at any cost and this campaign would be intensified in next days.

The Health Minister gave a clarion call to people to immediately share the information at the number for grievance redressal issued by the State Government in case they found any sale of any substandard and adulterated food items. The Health Minister said that the sole purpose of the drive was to curb adulteration of food items and no way to harass milkmen or traders of dairy products.

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