Fake food label scam surfaces in Khunmoh Food park
Srinagar: The Food Safety Department on Tuesday banned a confectionery manufacturing unit at the prestigious Food Park Khunmoh for manufacturing ‘hazardous toffees’ with fake labels.
According to officials, during a routine inspection of the Food Park Khunmoh a confectionary manufacturing unit–Quality Foods–was found using fake labels with addresses of other states.
“The unit was also found in total unsanitary condition with dust accumulated on prepared confectionary containers. Food additives and artificial colours were being used indiscriminately without any record,” Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad Mir told Kashmir Reader.
He said the unit was also using fake registration of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) which is a serious offense as the unit is not registered with FSSAI.
“We have issued the ban orders on spot and the manufacturer was restrained from further processing,” Mir said.
He said the whole stocks of confectionary along with false labels were seized and samples sent to Food Analyst Kashmir for further necessary action.
Meanwhile, the government has ordered a state-wide inspection of food manufacturing units as reports suggest that ‘substandard’ and ‘hazardous’ food items are manufactured in different industrial estates of J&K.
The State Drug and Food Control Organization have raided many food outlets and manufacturing units and vowed to punish distributors and manufacturers producing substandard and adulterated food made of low-quality or artificial raw material.
“We have issued improvement notices for complying with various provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act,” Mir said.