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Poison on platter, adulterated sweets flood city markets

india Updated: Oct 04, 2011 01:35 IST
Divya Sethi

Despite fears of adulterated sweets and other food items flooding the markets during festivals, the health department is yet to put in place an effective mechanism to curb adulteration.

Though the demand for sweets and other milk products is set to increase manifold, the health department has planned to deploy only three teams to crack down on adulterators. However, the officials are hopeful that they would be able to curb the menace.

Cases of adulterated sweets increase every year during festival season. Yet, this time the health officials claimed to have an effective strategy to keep a tab on the offenders.

The chief medical officer Dr Praveen Garg, who is also entrusted to ensure food safety, has called a meeting of sweets shopkeepers on Thursday.

"All sweets shop owners would be instructed to follow a set guideline and if any adulteration is found, strict action would be taken against the guilty." Dr Garg said He said the three dedicated teams of health officials are capable enough to detect adulteration of food items on the spot.

"In every district there is only one post of food inspector. And this time we have planned such a strategy that things would improve," Garg said. Though it is mandatory for the health department to collect 25-30 food samples every month, but during festivals the officials are planning to collect samples from every sweet shop to avoid any possibility of adulteration.

Organisers gear up for Puja

With the navratra festival at its peak, organisers are preparing themselves to fulfill expectations of residents, who have elaborated plans for the next three days.

Sahasrabadi Durga Puja Committee, South City, has organised a music programme. Artistes from Kolkata are here to mesmerise devotees of the city. The celebrations opened here with a special Kolkatta band on Sunday evening.

Aravali Sanskrithik Parishad, Suncity enacted a play on the life of Rabindra Nath Tagore. Residents were seen enjoying delicacies at various food stalls set up in the area.