Samples of various sweets acquired from a manufacturing unit at Gazigulla Road on October 20, were found to be unsafe and misleading with excess fat content and mixture of various other products.
The report arrived within a record time of four days at the health department on Monday evening. The health team including chief medical officer Dr Rajiv Bhalla, district health officer (DHO) Dr Balwinder Singh, food safety officers Rashu Mahajan, Harjot Pal Singh and others took 11 samples of various types of barfi, milk cake, sweet colour, ghee, ‘boondi’ laddu and other products from a manufacturing unit of ‘Gupta Sweets’.
The DHO said traces of aluminium foil was found on chocolate barfi, khoya barfi, roasted barfi, plain barfi and milk cake, adding that consumption of foil could cause health problems such as food poisoning, and kidney disease and cancer in the longer run.
He further said the ‘boondi’ laddu was found to have been prepared with a mixture of ‘besan’ (gram flour) and rice flour, in which the ‘besan’ was of substandard quality according to the report. Even the ghee revealed the presence of free fatty acids in it which could cause heart problems, he added.
He further added that the samples of ‘patisa’, rice flour and colour have cleared the test.
Dr Balwinder said they had written to the deputy commissioner demanding police action so that the health department could destroy such spurious products.
He also said a case will be registered against defaulters in the court of chief judicial magistrate for unsafe samples while cases of substandard products will be registered in the court of the additional deputy commissioner (ADC).
Not the first time
On November 5, 2015, a health team led by former DHO Dr Jasbir Singh and food safety officer Divya Bhagat had taken five samples from the same unit including ‘patisa’, ghee, ‘boondi’, ‘besan’ and rice flour. The ghee was found unfit for consumption.
A food safety officer said this case was already registered against the firm. Dr Bhalla said the ADC can impose a fine of up to Rs 5 lakh on the defaulters and the court could sentence a defaulter to life imprisonment for unsafe samples.