Next time you guzzle beer, check the expiry date

  • Vandana Singh, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2014 11:32 IST

Ensure the expiry date on the bottle next time you purchase beer, as showing scant regard for safety of consumers, liquor vends have been found selling expired beer.

In a recent inspection at a liquor shop in Transport Nagar, the health department found two samples expired and unsafe for consumption.

Dr Kulwinder Singh, district health officer (DHO), said, “Samples were taken in July and sent to Chandigarh for checking. The results revealed that one beer had expired, while the other was found unfit for consumption as suspended particles were found in the bottle.”

“A show-cause notice will be served to the liquor vend owner and further action will be taken as per norms,” said Dr Kulwinder, adding that the expired beer sample would invite fine for the owner, while the substandard sample would go to the additional deputy commissioner’s court, where a fine from Rs 3 lakh to Rs 5 lakh could be imposed on the owner.

It’s pertinent to mention that not many liquor samples have been collected by the health department in the past. Thus, the quality of liquor being sold goes un-checked. Besides, though liquor falls under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, no liquor vend in the city has got itself registered, even as the last date for registration was August 4.

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