Festive season: Health Department goes soft on food adulteration in Patiala

Only 28 samples taken this month against target of 65

Festive season: Health Department goes soft on food adulteration in Patiala

A team of the Health Department collects food and sweets samples in Patiala on Monday. Tribune photo: Rajesh Sachar

Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, October 25

Amid the ongoing festival season, the food wing of the Health Department is seemingly going soft on food adulteration in the district. The department has collected only 28 food samples this month so far.

The monthly target of food sample collection is around 65. The food wing, however, said they would collect more samples in the coming days.

A few days ago, Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans had claimed that district administration was acting tough against food adulteration.

District Health Officer Dr Shelly Jetly said: “The month is not over yet. We will collect more samples in the coming days.” She said they had been taking all possible measures to check food adulteration.

Patiala Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans said he would inquire from the Health Department about lesser sample collections.

Infighting in dept

It has been learned that infighting within the Food Wing Department is taking a toll on residents’ health. Earlier this month, lack of coordination among health agencies had come to the fore when a nine-member team, led by the Patiala Civil Surgeon, had to abandon the raid halfway because the District Health Officer allegedly couldn’t be part of the team. In one more such instance of infighting, some of the officials of the department are complaining that they could not carry out raids as sampling slips were not available with the department.

Samples collected

A food safety team from Patiala, led by DHO Dr Shelly, inspected various sweets shops in Nabha on Monday. Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Hans said a total of nine samples of sweets, including ‘kalakand’, ‘khoya burfi’, ‘besan ladoo’, ‘chena murki’, ‘milk cake’, ‘cham cham’, ‘coconut burfi’ and ‘cham cham’ (pink), were collected during the inspection. Apart from this, around 12 kg of ‘khoya burfi’ and 15 kg of ‘cham cham’ (pink) were destroyed.

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