Gujarat based trader supplied contaminated pulses to Srinagar traders, ITC run hotels
Srinagar: Nearly 50 quintals of pulses were seized by the Food Safety Department after the central laboratory in Ghaziabad declared all the samples sent to it as unsafe.
According to officials, the Food Safety wing of the Drug and Food Control Organisation (DFCO) has launched prosecution against a Gujarat based dealer for supplying adulterated pulses to Kashmir. The pulses, including Arhar and Channa Dal, were found to be hazardous as per the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2006.
Assistant Commissioner Food Safety, Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad Mir told Kashmir Reader that nearly 5,000 kilograms of unsafe pulses have been seized from various shops and godowns in the city after Central Laboratory, Ghaziabad, declared all the samples sent to it unsafe.
He said the Food Analyst, Kashmir, had also found Arhar and Channa Dal samples coated with hazardous soapstone and oily substances.
“The Food Analyst, Kashmir, had detected polishing in the pulses using tartrazine, soapstone and oil. Now, the central lab has also upheld the test reports by the local analyst and found the pulses unsafe for human consumption,” he said.
Mir said the pulses were supplied to most of the wholesalers in Srinagar and to hotels and restaurants run by the Jammu and Kashmir Tourist Development Corporation (JKTDC).
“This is clear from the fact that samples of pulses taken from Hotel Heemal at Boulevard were also found unsafe by the Food Analyst. The hotel has been run by JKTDC,” the Assistant Commissioner said.
“They (the adulterants) have a potentially harmful effect on human health on being consumed,” he said.
He said pulses with adulterants ranging from coloured stones to hazardous arhar dal, are being openly sold in the market.
According to doctors, most of the polished pulses contain di-amino-pro-pionic acid, which could lead to the paralysis of the lower body and numbness in limbs and spine.
Officials said traders were selling the Arhar and Channa Dals without knowing the fact that the Gujarat-based supplier was cheating them after Arhar prices soared due to a poor harvest.
Mir said he had directed the food safety officers in the districts to enforce the order immediately.
“I have also requested the Commissioner Food Safety to issue ban orders as per the analyst report,” Mir said.