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120kg of spurious paneer recovered in Kapurthala

As per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, paneer should contain a minimum of 50% milk fat of the dry matter and maximum 60% moisture.

punjab Updated: Aug 27, 2018 10:44 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Kapurthala
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Health department officials during an inspection in Phagwara on Sunday.(HT Photo)

An inspection drive to check the sale of spurious paneer was carried out in Phagwara by deputy commissioner (DC) Mohammad Tayyab and Kapurthala civil surgeon Kahan Singh Pannu, on the directions of state food and drug administration commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu, in Kapurthala on Sunday.

During the drive, the team recovered about 120kg of low-quality paneer from the residence of a food business operator, who deals with milk products. The operator has other outlets at Ambedkar Park, Plahi Road, Phagwara. The paneer, that was about to be supplied from Phagwara to Gurdaspur, was stored at his residence under controlled temperature conditions.

The entire stock of paneer was seized after examining two samples. “We have sent the seized food items to state food laboratory in Kharar for analysis. Action will be taken after we receive the report,” the deputy commissioner said.

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As per the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, paneer should contain a minimum of 50% milk fat of the dry matter and maximum 60% moisture.

The market price of paneer is supposed to be around Rs 260 per kg. However, low-quality paneer brought from other districts, is sold in the market at a price of around Rs 140-150 per kg and is usually prepared from skimmed milk powder and starch.

“All the sweet shop owners have been directed to sell healthy and safe quality sweets. The owners have to keep the sweets and milk products at the designated temperature, as the quality tends to deteriorate quickly due to microbial growth, if not kept under the right temperature,” added Mohammad Tayyab.

First Published: Aug 27, 2018 10:41 IST