Food Safety Officials on Monday began taking samples from sweets shops across the district ahead of the festival season of Deepavali.

Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (Food Safety Wing) Designated Officer R. Kathiravan said that this was part of measures to check the quality of sweets, since this period witnessed a huge surge in sales. The spurt in demand could lead to deterioration in quality, he said.The samples will be tested at the Government Food Analysis Laboratory here. If the tests revealed the quality to be unsatisfactory, improvement notices would be served on the shops, he said.

Samples will be taken till Deepavali.

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