Under 'Mission Tandrust Punjab', the Food Safety Branch of District Health Department carried out inspection at shops in Kharar and Zirakpur here today. Civil Surgeon Dr Adarshpal Kaur and District Health Officer Dr. Subhash Kumar said that the team led by food safety officers Lovepreet Singh and Anil Verma took four samples of packed edible oil from four different shops and also inspected other edible items.
The samples have been sent to a government lab in Kharar. Health officials said that the drive which started on August 1 and would continue till August 14, is to test the Trans fat and other parameters in edible oil.Meanwhile, Dr Subhash Kumar said the drive to check the quality and durability of the sweets, especially the "Best Before Date" tag at the container/tray holding sweets is already going on.
He reiterated that the Food Safety and Standards authority of India (FSSAI) had made it mandatory from October 1, 2020 to put up this tag.The DHO said that as per the norms, the tags must be affixed on the trays in every shop and the shopkeepers were already sensitized about this by the health department.
He asked the shopkeepers not to sell expired items and pay special attention to cleanliness. He said that checking is not meant to harass anyone but to ensure that clean and quality food items were made available to the people.