Acting strict against the sweets being prepared under unhygienic conditions, the municipal corporation (MC) raided around 25 sweet shops and destroyed 550 kg sweets. Besides, the MC teams also destroyed more than 300 kg meat and chicken that was being sold against the norms.
The raids were conducted at prominent sweet shops on Dandi Swami Road, Gill Road, Jamalpur, Sector 39 and other areas. However, the MC officials did not disclose the names of shops that were raided.
The MC officials claimed that the destroyed sweets were unhealthy for consumption by humans, as most of the sweetmeat shop owners did not cover the sweets and flies were found in the containers carrying sweets.
As Diwali is nearing, city-based sweet shop owners have started preparing sweets and snacks in bulk to keep a stock of the items before Diwali. During the raid, kitchens as well as refrigerators were found to be in filthy condition.
MC additional commissioner Rishipal Singh said, “Drives were conducted in Zone B, C and D. We have already warned the eateries to ensure availability of safe food items to people. A total of 25 challans were issued to the violators.”
He said, “The sweets were being prepared in very unhygienic conditions, as flies were found in the containers where sweets were kept. Illegal slaughtering of meat was also found at some places during the raids. However, the names of sweetmeat shops cannot be disclosed.”
MC health officer Dr Charanjit Uppal said, “The surprise raids were conducted at shops in Jamalpur, Sector 39, Gill Road and other areas of Zone B and C. These sweets are sold to people, who remain at risk of getting health problems.”
During the raids, the unhygienic stock of ‘khoya’, ‘gulab jamun’, ‘ladoo’, ‘samosas’, ‘jalebi’, ‘badana’ and others were destroyed. MC officials also found that most of the employees were found to be not covering their heads and working without gloves.
City resident Jagwinder Singh said, “The MC should conduct more raids in each ward of the city. I recently bought sweets from a prominent sweet shop in the city. We found hair in the sweets. MC should also launch special drives against these shops and vendors, who are not adhering to cleanliness norms while preparing food items. It should also disclose the names of such shops where unhygienic conditions are found, so people can avoid buying sweets from them.”
Illegal slaughtering on
Despite several warnings by the MC, illegal slaughtering of meat is going on at different places in the city. According to an MC official, goats and sheeps can be slaughtered only at the MC’s slaughter house. If anyone is found slaughtering them at any other place, action would be taken against the violators. The MC destroyed 300 kg chicken and meat at different places.