FDA tightens noose around 'gutkha' shops
The food and drug administration (FDA), Haryana, has launched a crackdown on traders engaged in the sale, distribution, supply and storage of 'gutkha' and Pan Masala, containing nicotine or tobacco as ingredients that had been banned by the state government.
A spokesperson for the FDA on Saturday said that teams were conducting raids across the state to seize the products and ensure the compliance with the prohibitory orders. He said the members of chemists' associations, NGOs ad traders were part of the raiding teams.
The teams have conducted raids on various 'gutkha' or Pan Masala outlets situated outside malls, hotels and in markets of Gurgaon, and collected samples of such products for the purpose of test under the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.
Other places where raids have been conducted were Hisar, Faridabad, Narnaul, Ambala, Rohtak, Bhiwani, Kaithal and Sonepat. More than 5,000 pouches of Pan Masala were seized from Gokalpura area in Bhiwani.