Ghaziabad: Chilli powder samples to be tested for adulteration
The food department suspects that chilli and turmeric powders are being adulterated with coloursnoida Updated: May 24, 2017 22:26 IST
Officials of the district food department on Wednesday conducted a raid at Ghanta Ghar market in Ghaziabad and picked up more than half a dozen samples of chilli and turmeric powders for testing.
It is suspected that the two items are being adulterated with inedible colours.
A team of a dozen officials from the department conducted a surprise inspection at the establishments of two traders where chilli and turmeric were ground and mixed, allegedly, with non-edible colours.
“The raid was conducted around 9am and we found nearly six quintals of such items along with inedible colours, which is injurious to health. The raid was based on specific information and inputs we had received. The two items were mixed in grinding machines. The colour was added to them to make these items more attractive,” Ajay Jaiswal, designated officer of the department, said.
“Since the two items have a low intensity colour after they are ground in the original form, we suspect that inedible colours were added to brighten up the products. We have seized the stock and sent samples for a fast-track examination at a laboratory,” he said.
Officials said that they suspect that the manufactured products could fall under the category of unsafe items and carry a life imprisonment term for the accused.
Instances of manufacturing substandard, adulterated and unsafe food products are recurrent in Ghaziabad. In the 2016-17 financial year, as many as 568 samples were taken from different vendors, shops and establishments, of which 152 samples failed the quality test.
Officials said the majority of the samples were either food products that were found substandard or of other makes,
to pass them under labels of popular brands.
Of all the samples, 27 were found unsafe for consumption.
Cases pertaining to manufacture or use of unsafe food products are referred to the judicial court and offenders may be sentenced to life imprisonment. Cases of fake branded items and substandard products are tried by the executive courts and carry a maximum monetary penalty of Rs5 lakh.