FDA to check oil, spices adultration

Jul 01, 2012, 08:43 IST | Urvashi Seth

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is taking its month-long drive against adulteration of essential goods seriously

After a crackdown on manufacturers and packers and distributors, who were found selling adulterated milk, Food Safety Officers (FSOs) will now collect samples of oil and spices, starting tomorrow. 

“Often, oil is sold in the name of a prominent brand at a higher price. Our tests have shown that good quality oil is mixed with lower quality oil. Consumers are cheated in the process,” said Suresh Deshmukh, joint commissioner food, FDA. “

The FSOs in every region will focus on the root cause of the problem and work on it. Oil samples will be collected and tested for adulteration. The reports will be used to clamp down on manufacturers and retailers in the state. We want people to have pure food,” said Deshmukh.

During their drive against milk adulteration, they found it to be mixed with water and caustic soda. It was then repacked and resold to small dairy spots. “The truck drivers and owners did not have a license or registration. The distribution spots were unhygienic; some of them were right next to drainages. The milk was sold in packets without proper labelling and there was no clarity on the ‘best before’ dates.” The FDA has raided around 20,000 litres of adulterated milk in Sangli district and around 450-500 litres of milk in Khar. The motive behind the campaign was to obtain zero milk adulteration in Maharashtra by June 30. 

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