Crackdown on mustard oil adulterators across state

DW BUREAU / Chandigarh

The Food Safety Teams struck at mustard oil adulterators in various parts of the state on Tuesday.

Divulging the details, here, KS Pannu Commissioner Food and Drug Administration, Punjab, informed that Fazilka Food Safety Team in a raid at NG Oil Mill, Abohar found impure mustard oil to the tune of 725 litres and 352 litres of edible oil. Samples were taken for further investigation and the stock was seized. The manufacturer was selling adulterated edible oil as mustard oil. The teams sealed the packaging part of factory and oil tanker was also sealed. The team also seized 46 litres of Royal Taj cooking medium being sold as desi ghee, from Abhey Trading Company being run from domestic

premises.

Earlier, Ludhiana team inspected and sealed an oil manufacturing unit near Ahmedgarh. The manufacturing unit located was in district Ludhiana but a misleading packaging address was given of district Sangrur. Entire packaged material which was nearly 168 litres of mustard oil was seized and the unit was sealed. Misbranded mustard oil was also found in a factory at Khanna.

Faridkot team inspected Subhash Flour Mills Jaito and found two different brands of mustard oils in the quantity as 18 boxes of Dhann brand mustard oil weighing 159 kg and 10 boxes of Aniya brand, amounting to 96 kg. Samples of the suspected material were taken from each brand and stock was kept in custody.

Inspection done at Krishna traders, Hoshiarpur unearthed 180 kg (10 boxes of 18 litres each) of adulterated desi ghee made from vanaspati (6 tins found on the spot of 15 kg each) and essence of desi ghee. The stock was seized and sample of desi ghee and

vanaspati were taken for investigation. Also, sample of cooking medium was taken from Mannat foods and samples have been sent to lab for analysis.

Food Safety Wing Pathankot inspected oil repacking units namely Arora Oil & Flour Mill and Laxman Singh & Sons. 200 tins of Rasoi brand mustard oil and 200 tins of Sunehri Koran mustard oil were found at Laxman Singh & Sons.

(editor@dailyworld.in)

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