Nearly 30% milk samples and 12% samples of other foodstuffs have failed the quality test. This was informed by Haryana state drug controller-cum-joint commissioner Dr GL Singhal recently. Singhal said a case under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act had been registered against two persons at Dabwali and they had been remanded in police custody.
The department also sealed 32 shops of chemists at Bahadurgarh, Sonepat, Hisar, Dabwali and Kurukshetra, besides cancelling licences of 12 chemists.
He said adulteration in foodstuffs was a serious crime.
Giving a stern warning to dealers of milk and milk products, he said, "They should not play with the health of the people. Milk and milk products are largely found to be adulterated. Dealers should not use colours other than ISI mark while preparing sweets. Dhaba owners should also desist from adding colour to vegetables. Strict action will be taken against those found violating these instructions."
The sale of open chilli, turmeric powder and other spices has already been banned under the new Food Safety Standard Act.
Singhal also asked chemists to be cautious while selling drugs. "They should not give medicines to people without the doctors' prescription as some drugs are commonly used for the purpose of intoxication by criminals," he added.