Food items that did not have necessary details on labels seized
KRISHNAGIRI: A team of officials led by Collector V.K. Shanmugam conducted raids in departmental stores, wayside hotels, shops and eateries in Krishnagiri on Saturday.
The revenue, food cell, PDS and municipal officials seized food products that did not have the date of manufacture or expiry and other necessary details on the labels.
The Collector instructed the officials to verify the authenticity of the locally-manufactured bakery items kept in a leading departmental store in the town.
He had also checked the frozen food items at the store and the officials took the samples of many items for testing.
Mr. Shanmugam visited a wayside hotel and checked the quality of meat used.
Apples with wax coating were also seized during the raids.
The officials were instructed to remove sweet and bakery items that were kept open at several shops in the new bus stand.
Later, Mr. Shanmugam told reporters that several teams had been formed to check the expired food items across the district.
The seized food items would be sent to the labs for testing. If found that they had crossed the date of expiry, criminal action would be initiated against the shop or eatery owners according to the Prevention of Adulteration of Food Act.
C.V. Poulose, Commissioner, Krishnagiri Municipality, P. Rathinavel, District Supply Officer and A. Mohana Sundaram, Sanitary Inspector, Krishnagiri Municipality accompanied the Collector during the raids.
Municipal officials told The Hindu that about 300 kg of expired items were discarded at the dumping yard in the town. They said that the raids would continue.