107 food samples declared substandard in 8 months

SRINAGAR: In last eight months, at least 107 food samples were found substandard in this summer capital of the state.
The government, in an official handout issued here Monday, said, “The samples and food articles worth Rs 18.12 lakh were seized during inspection by the Food Safety department from November to July.”
The information was shared in the meeting convened by the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Dr Farooq Ahmed Lone, to review implementation of the Food Safety Act, it said.
The meeting was attended by Additional Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Assistant Commissioner Food Safety, Health Officer SMC, and other concerned officers.
The Deputy Commissioner, the statement said, was informed that out of 94 cases submitted before the competent court, 20 cases have been filed for sale of food articles in insanitary conditions while the remaining 74 cases have been filed for violations under the Food Safety and Standards Act.
He was told that the department has recovered Rs 3.74 lakh as fine from the food business operators.
Dr Lone directed the Food Safety department to “regularly inspect establishments dealing with food products in Srinagar and intensify market checking”.