SRINAGAR: The Food Safety Department officials have found dozens of food outlets selling substandard and unhygienic food in Kashmir markets thereby seriously violating Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA).
According to officials, Additional Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Kuldeep Krishen Sidha, who is also the adjudicating officer for the city on Monday imposed fine of Rs 2.65 lakh on 11 food business operators for manufacturing and selling substandard and misbranded articles.
“Those fined include Shree brand salt manufacturer Chemfood Pvt. Ltd Gujrat on whom Rs 50000 has been imposed as fine,” they said.
“Other items including Mustard Oil Vinayka brand manufactured by Vinayka oil and Agro Food Palampur Gujarat which has been fined Rs 60000, Snow Cap manufacturer milk plant Cheshmashahi fined Rs 50000 on toned milk, Lands and Lakes Dairy Product (Delicious Toned Milk) manufacturer at Anchidoora Anantnag has been fined Rs 35000 while Rs 15000 has been imposed on Turmeric powder (Everest Spices) manufactured at G M Road Mumbai,” said Assistant Commissioner Food Safety, Srinagar, Hilal Mir.
He said in addition 1500 litres of Mustard oil Vinayka brand has been destroyed properly as the same was seized and found substandard after analysis.
“The complaints against these food business operators were filed by Food Safety Officers after receiving sanction from Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Srinagar under over all supervision of Commissioner Food Safety J & K,” Mir said.
The food business operators have been warned to desist from the malpractice of food adulteration, otherwise stern action under Food Safety and Standards Act shall be initiated against them.