The two-week drive commenced on 1 August. Accordingly, each food safety officer (FSO) has been instructed to collect a minimum of two samples per district every day and send them to the food lab for analysis.
The Department of Food Safety stated that 97 samples have been lifted so far.
“Focus of this drive is to identify adulteration in multi-source edible oils (MSEO) and other edible oils like soyabean oil, rice bran oil, sunflower oil, among others. Lab reports of samples lifted are being shared with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on regular intervals”, the statement read.
In addition, due to the ongoing festive season, the Department of Food Safety lifted samples of sweets like ‘ghewar’, ‘khoya’ and other confectionary items district-wise and sent to food labs to test for any kind of adulteration.
Under a special drive for mustard oil samples that took place in May, a total of 70 samples were lifted, and 20 samples were found in contravention of the Food Standards and Safety (FSS) Act, 2006.
The department had also conducted such drives in June against adulteration of drinking water and milk.
“A total of 63 samples of milk and 92 samples of packaged drinking water/mineral water were lifted from all 11 districts of NCT of Delhi”, the statement added.
(With inputs from PTI)
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