The Court of Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Vasco has convicted Shashikant Dessai (vendor) and Uday Dessai (proprietor) of M/s U. V. Dessai, Vasco for selling/storing and distribution of adulterated tomato cheese balls.

The manufacturers of tomato cheese balls Oye Buddy, M/s S.S. Gruhaudyog, G.I.D.C., Umbargao, Gujarat have also been convicted for this product declared “adulterated” by the Public Analyst, Goa Food & Drugs Laboratory, Bambolim for the presence of added synthetic food colour tartrazine, not permitted under the law in such food articles.

The sample concerned of Tomato Cheese Balls was drawn on March 18, 2011 by Food Inspector Sanjyot U. Kudalkar of the Directorate of Food & Drugs Administration (FDA), Goa who had filed prosecution in the court of law.

Judge Edgar Fernandes at Vasco after conducting the trial, convicted the accused under the PFA Act, 1954, vide judgment order dated September 26, 2013, convicting Shashikant Dessai, Uday Dessai and M/s S.S. Gruhaudyog, with simple imprisonment of six months. The court also asked them to pay a fine of Rs. 2,000 each for the offence punishable under Section 16(i)(a)(i).

Further, the Dessais have to undergo simple imprisonment for six months and pay a fine of Rs. 2,000 for the offence under section 16(i)(a)(ii) where the food articles were declared as misbranded; and to undergo simple imprisonment for the period of six months and pay fine of Rs. 2,000 for offence under section 16(AA) for disposing off the adulterated food articles.

In case of default of payment of fine, the accused shall undergo imprisonment for a period of one month. Shashikant Dessai has to pay an additional fine of Rs. 500 for the offence punishable under section 16(1C) of the prevention of Food Adulteration Act, 1954, for failing to produce the purchase invoice. In default of payment of fine, the accused shall undergo imprisonment for a period of one week. All the sentences shall run concurrently.

Tomato cheese balls manufactured by a Gujarat firm and sold in a Vasco outlet was found to contain the illegal synthetic colour tartrazine

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