FDA seizes 10 quin­tals of spu­ri­ous sweets

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - THANE - Megha Pol

THANE: The Thane Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion de­part­ment of Thane has seized 10 quin­tals of mawa and barfi from Pan­vel, Kalyan, Mira Road and Navi Mum­bai.

The de­part­ment had for med spe­cial squads to keep a check on sweets ven­dors or Ganeshot­sav man­dals of­fer­ing stale or adul­ter­ated sweets.

Thane district col­lec­tor Ma­hen­dra Kalyankar had given di­rec­tives to raid shops and godowns to check the qual­ity of sweets and raw ma­te­ri­als.

Anirudha Ash­ta­pu­tre, the district in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer, said, “Out of the seized khoya, some of it was stale while the rest was adul­ter­ated. We have sent the sam­ples to the lab. A large amount of khoya is im­ported from nearby states dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son.”

Ash­ta­pu­tre in­formed that 210 kg of Mawa was seized from Ma­hesh­wari Mawawala from Pan­vel while 568 kg spe­cial barfi and 208 kg of barfi were seized from Pappu Mawawala from Kalyan.

Forty-three kg motichur ladoos were seized from Sukhdev Patil com­pound in Ra­bale and 55 kg mawa from Bri­jwasi in Mira Road.

Guide­lines to Ganeshot­sav pan­dals

The de­part­ment had also given cer­tain guide­lines to pan­dals, which are also sup­posed to en­sure prasad (sweets or of­fer­ings) is cooked in hy­gienic con­di­tions.

Prasad is pre­pared in large amounts in most man­dals, how­ever, most of the time the qual­ity is com­pro­mised to meet the quan­tity.

The guide­lines are based on the Food Safety and Stan­dards Act, 2006, which was im­ple­mented in 2011.

An of­fi­cer from FDA re­quest­ing anonymity said, “The pan­dal or­gan­is­ers, tem­ples and re­li­gious func­tions are un­der the scan­ner dur­ing the fes­tive sea­son. The guide­lines stip­u­late that the place where Prasad is pre­pared is clean and hy­gienic; that they buy raw ma­te­ri­als from branded and reg­is­tered stores; and that cooks and dis­trib­u­tors should wear gloves, clean clothes and cap and take spe­cial pre­cau­tion in case of khoya sweets.”

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