Srinagar: The J&K High Court on Thursday directed the state government to close down all the unregistered enterprises dealing in spices.
The court also directed district officers to file status report on list of adulterated food in their respective jurisdictions before the court on next hearing.
The division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed the authorities to produce the list of all the registered and unregistered enterprises dealing with spices across the state.
The court orders came after it was informed that on 7th February, Drug and Flood Control Organization (DFCO) raided two spices factories in Srinagar at Mughal Mohalla Rainawari and Baghi Ali Mardan Khan, Nowshera and recovered around 45 quintals of adulterated spices.
The seized samples were adulterated with dangerous industrial dyes. The stock was seized by Assistant Commissioner, Food Safety Srinagar from the two spots. The samples have been taken for analysis.
The court said, “The report of the samples shall be produced before court. The factories shall remain sealed till the decision is taken by concerned authorities.”
Meanwhile court showed deep concern over the roadside food stalls selling pickles and other eatables items.
The court asked authorities to check the food stalls and to ensure how they are allowed to operate. The authorities were told to file status report regarding the same on the next date of hearing.
Advocate Ateeb Kanth who is acting as interviewer in this case will also file report on adulterated food articles on next hearing.
The court was also informed the appointment for the Commissioner, Food Safety and its staff is in progress.
Earlier, the court had found that there is no proper mechanism of checking the food adulteration in the state. While showing displeasure over the non-implementation of the rules, the court had stressed over authorities to implement the Food Safety and Standard Act.