The local unit of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided and seized around 1,200 metric tonnes of rotten wheat from the godowns of the state run Maharashtra State Warehousing Corporation (MSWC) at Padoli in neighbouring Chandrapur district, some 150 kms from here on Monday. Wheat samples collected from five godowns have been sent to the laboratory for tests.
According to reports reaching here on Tuesday, it was first of its kind action taken by FDA against the government agency in the district. Food Corporation of India (FCI) supplies grains from the godown to the public distribution system (PDS) in the district. Grain from these godowns is also supplied to various tehsils for distribution through fair price shops and also for mid-day meal at schools.
GB Gore, the assistant commissioner of FDA admitted that a team of FDA officials raided the government run godown and seized rotten materials. “We got information that the grains stored in the godowns were of poor quality. A team of FDA personnel raided the godown and inspected the entire stock. The team found that the stock of wheat brought in 2009-10 were of poor quality. We have seized and sealed the stock of wheat, worth Rs1.75-crore, “he said.
The FDA official said that it has the power to inspect and seize adulterated and poor quality of food materials that are meant for distribution in public. The FCI is a government agency. It cannot supply poor quality grains to the people, he pointed out.
The godown officials were instructed not to touch the sealed stock until further directives from the FDA. “The test reports of the samples that have been sent to the regional public health laboratory at Nagpur are expected in few days,” Gore added.