24 fined up to Rs 1 lakh for food adulteration

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Sep 25, 2014 11:56 IST

The court of the additional deputy commissioner (ADC) slammed various companies, contractors, suppliers and others for selling adulterated, expired or misbranded products and imposed a fine ranging from Rs 10,000 to Rs 1 lakh under the Food Safety and Standards Act.

Additional deputy commissioner Amrit Kaur Gill recently imposed fine in 24 such cases which include retail outlets, sweet shops, hospitals, colleges, canteen contractors and milk vendors.

Most of the cases in which the decision was given include those samples which were taken last year.

The delay in action against such suppliers proves fatal for people, but with the decision coming ahead of the festive season it will surely make its impact. During the Diwali season last year, the food safety officers conducted two raids in which eight quintals sub-standard sweets were seized from supplier Surjit Singh on Rahon Road and 21 quintals edible oil was seized from SP Trading Company on Gokul Road.

Surjit was fined Rs 40,000 for sub-standard sweets, while Mohit Kumar of SP Trading company was imposed a fined of Rs 1 lakh. The ADC also ordered filing of an FIR against SP Trading Company.

“Our work is to collect samples and send them for checking and then to court if found substandard or adulterated. It is good that adulteration cases have been fined heavily as it will be lesson for others. Teams have been formed for checking and collecting samples from various places ahead of the festive season,” said Dr Kulwinder Singh, district health officer.

Hospital, college canteen fined

Kuldeep Singh had been fined of Rs 15,000 for selling sub-standard sauce in the canteen of Khalsa College for Women and Komal Khanna was imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 for selling sub-standard snacks at Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital. Deepu Tiwari was fined Rs 15,000 for selling non-branded popcorn and Arvind Mishra was fined Rs 20,000 for serving sub-standard sauce to visitors at the bus stand canteen.

Midday meal contractor fined

The court took serious note in the adulteration of midday meal food supplied to schools. Sharanjit Singh of the Janchetna Jagriti Organisation, who was a contractor for the midday meal supply in schools, was fined Rs 30,000 as the rice were found unfit for consumption in the sampling reports.

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