With Navaratri being celebrated in Mumbai and Dussehra just around the corner, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra, has swung into action to keep a check and prevent adulteration of sweets.
The aim of the FDA is to keep Mumbaikars safe from the menace of the adulterated sweets and away from any diseases or food poisoning.
During the festival season, the demand for sweet goes up. Grabbing this opportunity to make a quick buck, traders and the sweet shop owners use adulterated food items to make mithai (sweets).
Consuming adulterated sweets is a potential threat to the health of common man.
In order, to curb this illegal activity FDA has started crackdown in the city. As per a FDA official, till now, in a months’ time, the FDA has raided various shops in Mumbai. The FDA has collected 64 food and sweet samples for the purpose of tests.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Joint Commissioner FDA (Food) Shailesh Adhav said, “During the festival season, the sweet makers or traders indulge in activities like using expired food products or adulterated food items to prepare the sweets. This causes a lot of trouble for common people. In order to curb this, a special drive has been carried out throughout Mumbai.”
He further added, “So far, we have seized 64 samples from various parts of the city. We will conduct various tests to find out whether the food item or mithai (sweet) was adulterated. The report is expected in 15 days.”
The FDA’s special drive has been in place since Ganesh Chaturthi and will continue till Diwali.