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Updated: June 26, 2013 12:53 IST

Food Safety Officials seize pan masala products in Coimbatore

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A team led by Food Safety Officer K. Chandran seizing gutka and pan masala products at a shop in Gandhipuram town bus stand, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Monday. Photo: M. Periasamy
The Hindu A team led by Food Safety Officer K. Chandran seizing gutka and pan masala products at a shop in Gandhipuram town bus stand, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, on Monday. Photo: M. Periasamy

Food Safety Officials on Monday seized pan masala and other banned tobacco products worth nearly Rs. 1.50 lakh from shops in the city.

The raids were conducted at six locations in the city limits — RG Street, Oppanakara street, Kuniamuthur, Kuruchi, Gandhipuram Bus Stand, and Peelamedu — and at a food products godown in Pollachi.

According to the Designated Officer of Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (Food Safety Wing), R. Kathiravan, with the one-month period given to dealers and traders to remove these products out of Tamil Nadu expiring on Friday,

Food Safety Officials in Coimbatore have begun conducting raids.

A total of 21 Food Safety Officials, who were split in seven teams, conducted the raids.

These operations would continue, he added.

The ban on ghutka, pan masala, and other products containing tobacco and nicotine was announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the Legislative Assembly on May 8.

To monitor the implementation of the ban, a district level committee will be constituted with District Collector as the chairperson.

Other members include the Superintendent of Police, District Commercial Tax Officer, Deputy Director of Health Services, Chief Educational Officer, Corporation, and Regional Transport Officer besides the Designated Officer who will be the convener.

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well done Mr. R. Kathiravan, keep up the good work.

from:  Indian
Posted on: Jun 25, 2013 at 20:34 IST
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