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Health dept collects 11 samples from sweet shops

The health department collected samples of different food items to check adulteration on Thursday. The department's officials collected nine samples from various shops and vendors in Jagraon while two samples were collected from Mullanpur.

punjab Updated: Oct 09, 2014 20:02 IST
HT Correspondent

The health department collected samples of different food items to check adulteration on Thursday. The department's officials collected nine samples from various shops and vendors in Jagraon while two samples were collected from Mullanpur.

District health officer Dr Abnash Kumar informed that two samples of khoya burdi, three samples of milk, two of branded mustard oil and a sample of milk cake and cheese each were collected from different shops and vendors in Jagraon.

He said that a sample of “besan burfi” was collected from a sweet shop and a sample of “besan” from a store in Mullanpur.

Food safety officer Ravinder Garg informed that they warned sweet shop owners to maintain cleanliness and take precautionary measures.

"We also directed the sweet shop owners to use permitted colours in prescribed quantity while preparing sweets," he added.

According to doctors, non-permitted synthetic colours and adulterated sweets can lead to cancer and kidneys stones, besides other stomach- related diseases.

Self-testing of sweets

Put a drop of iodine liquid on khoya. If a blue layer is formed, it indicates the presence of starch in khoya.

Rub a small quantity of a sweet made from Khoya with two fingers. If it releases 'ghee' then it is made of Khoya and if it turns into a powder then it is not khoya.

Rub the silver leaf layer on sweets with two fingers if it becomes powder then it is original. If after rubbing it forms a wick, then it is likely to be aluminium foil which is dangerous for health.