Cashing in on the stepped up demand for sweets during the Diwali festival, owners of confectionary and sweetmeat shops have increasingly resorted to selling adulterated and substandard items in the district.
According to health department data, health officials seized 40 kilograms of packed khoya (dried milk for making sweets) during the festive season in 2013.
Food safety officer Bhavita Tandan said: “Last year during Diwali we collected 11 samples of various food items such as sweets, sugar and packed foods for laboratory tests. Nine samples were later found to have been adulterated. This year 28 samples of sweets and confectionary products have collected in the town”. She added more than106 cases of food adulteration were pending in the courts.
District health officer Susheel Chander said consumption of adulterated food items can lead to various stomach disorders as well as allergies.