By Our Staff Reporter
DEHRADUN, 21 Oct: Health Minister, Dr Dhan Singh Rawat, today took a review meeting of the Food Safety and Drug Administration Department in the assembly hall. In view of the festive season, he instructed the departmental officers to conduct a special campaign to prevent adulteration in food items across the state. He said that during the festive season, the department needs to remain on alert and do maximum sampling so that adulterated food items can be prevented from reaching the market.
Dr Rawat said that a large quantity of fake food items and milk products are supplied illegally from the border states in the state, to stop this, an intensive checking campaign should be conducted with the police in the border areas and the fake products should be destroyed. Minister Dr Rawat gave instructions to the departmental officers to run a large-scale public awareness campaign across the state to alert people about adulterated food items and also to call the toll-free number issued by the department for complaints about adulterated food items. Instructions were also given to keep it running for 24 hours.
In the meeting, departmental officials said that the department has been continuously running special campaigns against adulterators for a long time. Under this, 1506 samples were collected from January 2023 to September 2023, out of which 207 samples were found contrary to the standards. Against whom cases were filed under various sections. After the extension of 227 cases in various courts, a recovery of more than Rs 61 lakh was made.
In the meeting, Secretary Health Dr R Rajesh Kumar, DIG P Renuka Devi, State Drug Controller Tajbar Singh, Joint Commissioner Food Safety and Drug Administration Dr RK Singh, Deputy Commissioner GC Kandwal, PC Joshi and other departmental and police department officials were present, apart from this, district food safety officers of all the districts participated in the meeting through the virtual medium.