SRINAGAR: The government Tuesday asked Coca-Cola’s Jammu bottling plant to withdraw from markets the batch of beverages the samples of which were found to be contaminated.
According to an official handout issued here, the directions were passed by the Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), Choudhary Zulfkar Ali, Tuesday during his visit to the Gangyal bottle-filling plant of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Private Limited.
“On learning that samples of bottles of various brands of Coca-Cola collected by Legal Metrology Department were found to be contaminated, the minister directed the concerned authorities to recall the lot of the batch from the market and warned them of strict action in case of any lapses,” it said.
The minister also inspected the godowns of Food Corporation of India (FCI) at Nagrota and Railway Station Jammu and took stock of the availability and quality of essentials.
General Manager FCI, Kishore Kumar, informed the minister about the stock position in both the godowns.
Expressing satisfaction over the availability of sufficient stock of essentials in these godowns, Zulfkar said the government “is committed to provide adequate rations to the consumers and in this regard, the divisional administration is keeping strictly checking the quality and quantity of these commodities”.
He CAPD officials to be cautious while lifting the rice, wheat from FCI’s godowns, and asked them to ensure that there is “no compromise on quality”.
He reiterated that only quality rice and wheat would be procured from FCI.
He asked the concerned officers to safeguard interests of the consumers, stating “no compromise with the quality of the product will be tolerated”.
The minister was accompanied by Director CAPD Jammu G S Chib, Joint Controller Metrology Department Amar Singh, Deputy Director F&R Arun Kotwal, Deputy Controller Legal Metrology M A Mughal, and other senior officers of CAPD.