Acting against adulterated and unhealthy sweets, the Ludhiana health department seized one quintal sweets made from impure milk and ‘khoya’ from Unique Food Factory, near Bhagwan Chowk, Janta Nagar, in Ludhiana on Saturday.
The officials of health department claimed that the owner of the factory used to prepare sweets like ‘khoya burfi’ and milk cake using adulterated milk and khoya. The team also found that all sweets were being prepared under unhygienic conditions that could invite multiple health problems.
Food safety officer Manoj Khosla said, “The khoya was being prepared adding skimmed milk powder and refined oil. This ‘khoya’ was also being used to prepare ‘khoya burfi’, which is being sold at very low rates to the sweetmeat shops in peripheries. It was learnt that these sweets seized on Saturday had to be supplied to periphery shops before Diwali.”
“Besides, impure milk cake was also being prepared at the same factory. Instead of pure milk, skimmed milk, ‘sooji’, refined oil and corn flour were being used to prepare milk cake,” Khosla said.
It was learnt that the one quintal sweets prepared were packed in boxes with a capacity of 5kg each. Besides, ‘ladoo’ and chocolate rolls were also being prepared at this factory.
The health department team, including district health officer and food safety officer, collected four samples each of ‘khoya burfi’, chocolate roll and ‘ladoo’. Samples will be sent to the laboratory in Chandigarh after which the health department would take further action as per the report. However, the entire stock of ‘khoya burfi’ and milk cake has been seized.
The workers at the factory were found cleaning utensils in unsanitary conditions outside a toilet. The workers did not wear gloves and cover their heads while preparing the sweets. Even the owner, Sachin Kumar, had not got done medical of the workers, according to the health team claims.
The floor of the factory was also filthy. Besides, the team also raided another workshop of the same owner, but the conditions were better there.