Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

PATHANAMTHITTA: The Health Department has found 16 tonnes of poor quality jaggery supplied for Aravana production at Sabarimala.

Highly placed Devaswom sources at Sabarimala told The Hindu that the Prevention of Food Adulteration Wing of the department found this in tests of random samples collected from the Devaswom godown at Pampa.

The Sabarimala Executive Officer, the Kerala High Court and the State government have been informed of the finding, sources said.

However, a portion of this jaggery has been transported to the Aravana plant at the Sannidhanam.

Based on a Kerala High Court order, the Health Department has been conducting quality assurance tests of materials supplied for Prasadom production at Sabarimala.

A sub-contractor is said to have brought the poor-quality jaggery from Karnataka.