The Goa Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) suspended the operations of M/s Purohit Food Products, Borim, Ponda until further notice on account of insanitary and unhygienic conditions at their premises.

The inspection and action was initiated after a sample of ‘jalebi’ analysed by the FDA from the unit was found to contain ‘alum’, which is not permitted to be added in such sweets. The sample of jalebi has been declared “unsafe quality” by the food analyst.

FDA Director Salim Veljee said the Borim-based sweets manufacturer, who also has a sales outlet at a super market at Panaji Kadamba bus stand, has been directed to stop stocking and selling jalebi sweets. The proprietors have been ordered not to bring the jabelis from any other source for sale at their premises until further notice. Failure to comply with the directions would result in stringent action, the Directorate said.

Investigation also revealed that the jalebis stocked for sale at the Panaji Kadam bus stand outlet was perhaps not manufactured at their Borim unit, but brought from another manufacturer in Belgaum. However, the vendor and Purohit Foods could not produce any documentary evidence about the source of the alum-containing jalebis.

The FDA authorities have emphasised the need for sweetshop owners to procure bills for purchase of such food articles from other neighbouring States.