Ludhiana additional deputy commissioner (general) Neeru Katyal fined six food business owners on Tuesday after samples collected from their premises failed tests, taking the total number of such cases decided in the last one month to 22.
These 22 failed food samples were collected during 2011-2012.
District health officer Dr Avinash Kumar said that the erring businesses were the owner of Rakesh Oil near Lakkar Bazaar, Prem Kumar, Narinder Kumar of Malak Road in Jagraon, Vijay Kumar of Dalip Sweets in Jagraon and Prem Kumar of Satti Sweets in Jagraon and Varun Bansal who owns karyana store at Isru.
Others fined on February 26 included the owner of Romy dairy on Tajpur road, Tajinder Singh of Kashmir Karyana store in Isher Nagar, Manpreet Singh of Gopal Nagar, Vipan Kumar of Shubham Trading company on Railway road in Khanna, Gurpreet Singh of New Basant Ice Cream in Model Town Extension, Sagar Kumar of Walia Fruit Juice near Aarti Chowk, Simi Kapoor of Aditya Hotel, manager Mahavir of Thousand Spices Restaurant in Khanna and Sandeep Kumar of Universal Corporation Limited.
Those fined on February 19 included Raj Kumar of Mandi Boote Shah, Harish Tewari of Haibowal Kalan, Sunny Arora of BK Enterprises in Jawahar Nagar camp, Money Bansal of Neem Wala Chowk, Rakesh Kumar of Mandi Boote Shah and Sukhwinder Singh of Calcutta Karyana Store.
Once collected, food samples are sent to government laboratory at Chandigarh. If the food samples failed, notices are issued to food business operators and are given 30-day time for retest on another stored sample as per the law. If they do not apply for rest or the second sample too fails test, the case is sent to the ADC for further action.
Civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta said that the drive against adulteration would continue in future as well.