Now, getting away with adulterated food samples won't be an eye wash anymore.
With the implementation of the Food Safety Standards Act-2006 in the state, the report of food samples collected from various restaurants, sweets shops, food stores etc will now be declared within 14 days.
With only two labs in the state — Panchkula and Karnal — the reports of food samples earlier took a month to be released.
To keep tabs on food adulteration, the health department is also mulling to open more test laboratories so that residents don’t consume adulterated food.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also plans to provide mobile labs in Gurgaon, where food samples will be deposited.
To ensure efficiency, the department has also planned to appoint four food safety officers (FSO) in each district, as against only one post of food inspector till now. The Act also empowers residents to collect food sample from an eating joint and send the same for testing. Though the resident will have to bear the cost of testing ( Rs1,000-1,200), if the food sample is found to be adulterated, the amount will be refunded.
“A fine of Rs50,000 will be imposed on those who make false complaints,” said CR Rana, commissioner, food and drug administration.