The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Pune seized Rs 13 lakh worth of food products ahead of Diwali in Pune district.
The FDA officials have cautioned consumers against adulterated food products such as khawa and have questioned the hygiene standard of home-made ‘faral’ for Diwali. They has also urged home-made ‘faral’ makers to enrol with the FDA.
Shivaji Desai, FDA joint commissioner, Pune region said that consumers should be aware about the home-made sweets during Diwali. He also added that FDA, Pune has been taking special measures to bring home-made ‘faral’ makers under their scanner.
“We have urged all home-made ‘faral’ makers to enrol themselves with the FDA as a precautionary measure. The consumers should also focus on the cleanliness of the area and the condition in which these sweets are made,” said Desai.
He further added that the home vendors should enrol with the FDA. “If a consumer files a complaints and the vendor is not registered with the FDA, the department can take penal action,” explained Desai.
He also stated that in regular inspections conducted by the FDA ahead of Diwali, there has been a district wide check on the quality of khawa, barfi and other sweets.
“We have taken around 138 samples from various places in the district and have sent them for testing. Our main aim was to check oil quality, khawa, barfi and other sweets made for the festive season. Wherever our officers have witnessed unhygienic condition, we have confiscated the material and sent samples for testing,” said Desai.
If there are any discrepancies in the product, the consumers should feel free to contact the FDA.
People should check the expiry date the products before buying them and any expired products should be discarded immediately by the shopkeeper.
As the number of home-made ‘faral’ makers have increased, it is essential that consumer should be more conscious before purchasing them.
All home-made ‘faral’ makers should register with FDA.
Consumers should be vigilant and aware while buying sweets, faral and other such products.
Avoid using old khawa as it can lead to poor quality sweets affecting health and well-being of everyone.