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 quintals of spurious petha seized ur CorrespondentTarn Taran, October 13
A team of the Health Department seized 40 quintals of spurious petha from an industrial unit at the local Focal Point.he team was led by Dr Sampuran Singh, District Health Officer, and Dr G.S. Pannu, District Food Inspector.t is learnt that the petha was prepared by a migrant person Gowardhan of UP who was to supply it in the villages of this border district.he officials told that 15 quintals of petha, which was stinking, was destroyed on the spot. The department has taken samples of the petha and has sent to the Chandigarh-based laboratory for testing. The next action would be taken after receiving of the
test reports.he same team had recovered about 25 quintals of spurious sweets from a Patti-based firm
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the food you buy safe to eat
By: manjinder singh dhillon govt food inspector

 The ones who decided to make sure , to check its nutritive value. I wanted to check if it really had the ingredients it claimed to contain After reading about cases of adulteration, I decided to check for myself. ls. How to test food at home

Chilli powder: Sieve it. If it contains brick powder, it will remain in the sieve.
Black pepper:
Put the black pepper pods in water. If papaya seeds have been mixed in them, those seeds will float

Silver foil on your mithai: Rub between your fingers. If it is really silver, it will disintegrate when rubbed. If it is tin or aluminium, it will turn into a ball.

Cooked food: If your pav bhaji leaves your fingers red, it has colour added to it, rather than tomato

Tea: Put some tea powder on a wet tissue. Pink or red spots on tissue show added colour Nutritionists say

Consumers are becoming increasingly aware about food adulteration.

Ants found in packaged drinking water
Tribune News Service


Bathinda, November 3
Students taking CA exams at the local Rajendra College were shocked to find foreign particles and ants in the packaged drinking water served to them during the past couple of days.ources said the local distributor of Good Day packaged drinking water had supplied 17 boxes of packed water glasses for the CA students appearing in the exam at the college. They said a number of students found suspended matter and ants on opening their packed water glasses. They immediately brought the matter to the notice of the authorities concerned.he district health department was also intimated in this connection. The District Health Officer, Dr Kasturi Lal, said they had already collected the samples of water and sent them for testing in a local laboratory. He said the sample result was expected in seven days.

Ban on open sale of eatables
Our Correspondent

Hoshiarpur, August 9

District magistrate D. K. Tiwari has banned the sale of sweets, cakes, bread and edible items, including lassi, sharbat and sugarcane juice, which are not kept in glass showcases or are lying uncovered in the shops.

The ban is also applicable over and under ripe fruits and vegetables. The municipal council and public health department have already been instructed to supply chlorinated water throughout the town.

District magistrate Tiwari has advised the people to report to the nearest health centres in case of getting any information about cholera cases in their respective areas.

The district magistrate has also instructed civil surgeon, assistant civil surgeon, district health officer and other officials to visit and check the places where eatable items were being prepared.

In case any material is considered harmful it should be destroyed. The orders are applicable till October 6, 2007.

 

 

Anti-adulteration  drive in Samralarom Our Correspondent
SAMRALA, Oct 4 —
Talking to pressmen at the local rest house here today, Dr R.C. Garg, District Health Officer, and Mr Manoj Khosla, District Food Inspector, said that out of 141 food samples collected from eateries, 24 samples were found substandard and the cases are pending in courts.n an anti-adulteration campaign, on the directions of Dr Rajinder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, Ludhiana, a team of doctors raided the premises of shops of eatable in different towns in Ludhiana district and collected 141 samples out of which 24 samples were found substandard and cases are pending in the courts.ccording to Dr Garg, the complaints about substandard mineral water were increasing. There were also complaints about substandard mustard oil, leaf tea, glucose, pure ghee, refined oils, icecreams, cold drinks, tobacco, sweets, milk, turmeric and masalas he added.r Garg said that Dr Rajinder Kaur has also directed all restaurants, hotels, dhabas and marriage palace owners to get their employees medically examined and keep their clearance certificates on their premises ready for any check because their employees are often infected with diseases like T B etc which transmit germs of these diseases to their customers. The D H O also declared to intensify anti-adulteration drive in the district, in future also, keeping in view the Divali festival.

 

  2 wholesale shops raided
Tribune News Service

Sangrur, June 19
On a tip-off about sale of spurious desi ghee in Sunam, a three-member team of the health department, comprising district health officer Dr K.C. Goyal, a medical officer Dr R.N. Gothwal and district food inspector Kanwaljit Singh today raided two wholesale karyana shops at Sunam and seized 311 litres of reportedly spurious desi ghee from both shops.angrur civil surgeon Dr S.K. Bansal today said the department had got a tip-off that some wholesale karyana merchants were selling
“spurious desi ghee” in Sunam.n getting this information a three-member team had been formed and a decoy customer had been sent to a wholesale shop Baljinder and Company, Sunam. The decoy customer bought 18 litres of desi ghee at a rate of Rs 112 per kg. The normal market rate of desi ghee was more than Rs 170 per kg, civil surgeon added.

The civil surgeon said the team had seized
158 litres of desi ghee of ‘Sarthi’ trademark from Baljinder and Company, and 153 litres of ‘Keshav’ trademark from Jain Trading Company, Sunam. The civil surgeon further said the seized desi ghee would now be produced for custody orders in the court of CJM here tomorrow.

of family die due to food poisoning
Varinder Walia
Tribune News Service
Thatha (Amritsar),
December 11
Tragedy struck the house of a poor farmer, Major Singh, when four members of his family died here today due to food poisoning.
The farmer was so disturbed that he started throwing stones at whosoever tried to visit him to express grief.
Major Singh, who lost his two-year-old child, father-in-law, mother-in-law and uncle, would not allow anybody, including a medical team, to enter his house till evening. However, it was after a lot of persuasion that neighbours and doctors entered his house to provide help.
Dr K.K. Sharma, Civil Surgeon, despatched the medical team which visited Thatha village and the surrounding areas to take samples. Dr Sharma said that samples of contaminated water and food items had been taken.
Food Inspector Manjinder Singh Dhillon and Mr Hansa Singh, Senior Sanitary Inspector, who went to Thatha, said the child of Major Singh died in the village itself while his father-in-law, mother-in-law and uncle died in Muradabad village, near Tarn Taran, where they were taken in a critical condition.
Meanwhile, on the orders of the Civil Surgeon, a flying squad raided five medical stores in the border belt and seized a huge quantity of drugs which were allegedly being sold to addicts without a medical prescription.
The team comprised district Drug Inspector, Mr Ajay Singla and Mr Gurbinder Singh, and Dr Sanjiv Bhagat. Dr Sharma said samples had been sent to Chandigarh for analysis.

 Health team takes sweet samples
Anshu Seth
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
In yet another raid conducted on Prem Food at Deep Nagar, the district health authorities today took samples of “dhoda”and “patisa” being manufactured on the premises. The raid was carried out following complaints by 30 residents against the factory owner, Jagdish Dhingra.

Earlier, the district health officer, Dr SS Dhir, and the district food inspector had confirmed that the sweets were spurious, but later they reverted from their statements, saying that it would be confirmed only after they got reports of the samples from a laboratory in Patiala.

Dr Dhir said they had procured a large quantity of powdered milk and ghee that appeared to be duplicate, besides other synthetic ingredients used in the making of sweets.

Prem Sood supplies “son papri”, “patisa” and “dhoda” in bulk to small sweet shops in various parts of the city.

The street where the factory is located is flooded with water and health officials have made a note which would be forwarded to the Punjab Pollution Control Board and the municipal corporation.

A senior official, maintaining anonymity, stated that the owner of the factory had “pulled some strings” to exert pressure on officials. “This is a common practise as a majority of times, the health officials are pressured by politicians and administrative officials to not take action or make changes in reports,” the official claimed.

Hundreds of quintals of spurious milk, khoya, ghee seized in Punjab
Chandigarh: Health officials in Punjab
Saturday seized huge quantities of spurious milk, khoya and ghee from various godowns, cold storages and sweet shops in a stepped-up campaign against adulterated products ahead of the Diwali festival season.
Raids were conducted at various places and samples were taken for testing by health officials in Ferozepur, Sangrur, Ludhiana, Mohali, Phagwara, Bathinda and several other places.

The officials said that while spurious and adulterated stocks were seized at many places, at other places these were sealed pending the report of the samples collected.

Over 6,000 kg of fungus infested khoya was seized from the border district of Ferozepur.

In Sangrur district, over 5,000 kg of khoya and sweets were sealed after a raid on a cold storage.

In Phagwara, nearly 1,400 kg of adulterated gur (jaggery) was seized. In Bathinda, another 1,400 kg of spurious ghee in boxes was seized.

The officials said Saturday that nearly 2
0,000 litres of synthetic milk, which was meant for preparing sweets in the festival season, had been seized so far.

The raids and the campaign against spurious and adulterated products were initiated following orders from
Punjab's Health Minister Laxmi Kanta Chawla.

'We don't want innocent people to suffer only because some people want to make money through illegal means during the festival season. We will take strict action in this regard,' Chawla said Saturday.

Raids were conducted in Ludhiana and other places as well and huge quantities of prepared sweets, meant to be sold over the next one week, were seized or sealed.

In certain cases, the milk products and the sweets were kept in pathetic conditions. Prepared sweets like rasgullas, gulab-jamuns and milk-cake were kept in dirty containers in most unhygienic conditions.

55 kg of spurious paneer seized
Ashok Kaura


Phagwara, October 8
In view of the alleged inaction of the Health Department to launch a campaign against the open sale of spurious khoya, paneer and ghee during the festival season in Phagwara, the police came into action to nab sellers of spurious goods.

DSP Harkamalpreet Singh Khakh told newsmen here today that police teams impounded a white Maruti Zen car (PB-09G-1916) and seized 40 kg of alleged spurious paneer from it. Car driver Balwinder Singh of Tarn Taran district told the police that Deepak Kumar of Kapurthala had sent him to supply the paneer to a shopkeeper, Ajay Tiwari, said Khakh. He said the police also seized 15 kg more paneer from the shop of Tiwari.

The DSP said the police informed Senior Medical Officer of Phagwara Dr Rajiv Gupta who along with a doctor and the food inspector rushed to the spot and took samples of the seized paneer.

Later the Health Department also launched a campaign in the town this afternoon. Dr Gupta told newsmen that teams of the department raided several shops and warned the shopkeepers against selling spurious eatables, including sweets.

Rotten fruits and vegetables were destroyed by the teams of doctors at several places, including eating joints of Hargobind Nagar Chaupati today, claimed the SMO.

94 bags of spurious salt seized
Our Correspondent

Tarn Taran, September 20
Adulterated salt was recovered here by a team of the local district health authorities four days back.

The salt was declared adulterated, misbranded and lacking iodine content, either totally or less than the prescribed limit, by a report of the Public Analyst Punjab (PAP), Chandigarh.

The team of the local district health authorities, led by Dr. Gurpreet Singh Pannu, food inspector, recovered a truck carrying 94 bags of three different brands of salt - namely Taza, Agni and Tajmahal, of 50 kg each - from the local Amritsar by-pass.

It is said that the consignment was to be delivered to an Amritsar-based salt company. Dr. Amrit Kaur, Civil Surgeon, while confirming the report of the PAP, said after intercepting the truck, the samples of salt were sent to the PAP, Chandigarh for analysis.

The CS said the district authorities received the report of the PAP only yesterday and the report declared the salt to be adulterated, misbranded and with the Iodine contents not being according to the prescribed norms of the government.

The CS further said the government of India, under its national program to prevent iodine deficiency, allows the use of only iodised salt.

It is said that iodine deficiency can have devastating effects on pregnant women, growing children and even adults.

 16 bags of jaggery seized
Tribune News Service

Bathinda, December 18
Taking a
serious note of the use of adulterated khoya during the festival season, the health department has initiated measures to check the samples of jaggery and powdered sugar. A team lead by Civil Surgeon (CS), Bathinda, today intercepted a truck carrying jaggery and refined sugar ment for supply to outlets in the city and neighbouring towns.

Giving details, CS Maninderjit Singh said, "We received an order from the Health Minister, Punjab, Laxmikanta Chawla, to check the adulerated jaggery."

The team, led by the food inspector, seized the truck that was carrying 116 bags of jaggery each weighing 40 kg. Besides, 40 bags of refined sugar weighing 50 kg each were also seized. The samples have been sent for tests to the laboratory.

Showing the receipts of the jaggery being transported, the civil surgeon said the bags had come from Uttar Pradesh and were meant for supply in the city. Some of the bags were to be supplied in Kotkapura, he added.

The driver of the truck disclosed that some bags had been unloaded at Tapa and Bhikhi mandis.When contacted, Laxmi Kanta Chawla, health minister, Punjab, said over telephone from Chandigarh, "No one will be allowed to sale adulterated goods at any cost. Anybody found guilty of adulteration during the checking, will have to face legal action."

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