A special squad constituted by Collector C. Samayamoorthy seized about four tonnes of food stuff that crossed expiry date and also 100 kg of plastic cups/materials kept in a shop for sale, during raids in the city and its suburbs on Wednesday.

Show-cause notices were served on 25 shops from where the old food stuff were recovered. Similarly, a fine of Rs. 5,000 was imposed on a super market situated along Tirupur-Palladam road from where plastic cups, plates and other materials of less than 20 microns in thickness were seized.

The team comprising City Health Officer K. R. Jawaharlal, and Deputy Director of Health V. Vijayalakshmi, among others, conducted checks in more than 100 shops on the day.

The entire food stuff confiscated was later destroyed under the direct supervision of senior health officials according to the guidelines mentioned under Section 108 of Public Health Act.

Mr. Jawaharlal said that the seized food items which crossed the expiry date included wheat flour, mineral water, cooking oil, sweets, pickles, chilly powder and badam milk, among others.


He said that legal action would be initiated against shopkeepers found selling edible items in packets not having the dates of manufacturing and expiry printed legibly on it.

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