More than 75% drop in the cases of food adulteration in Indore

Nida Khan,Indore: The sinful bite of a moti-chur laddu at Sarafa or delicious modak will now come with a very little concern about its quality as the

recent statistics with the food and drugs department has revealed that a drop of more than 75% has been registered in the number of adulteration cases in Indore procured during raids by the department.
“The figures have dropped immensely from 21% cases of adulteration which we recorded in 2011-12 to barely 5% in 2015 the figures show that the number of cases have reduced,” said Manish Swami, food inspector.
Mentioning that regular checks and weekly targets by the department has improved the scenario Swami states that the newly received circular by the department asks food inspectors to pay special attention to food being served during the festive season as the chances of adulteration, sub-standard cases are high during that season.
“We have started our drive against adulteration during the Ganesh utsav where laddos and other sweets are widely consumed. A drive was also carried out by us on late Wednesday night wherein we collected samples from Vinayak Prasad Bhandar, Anand Sev Bhandar and Gajanan Prasad Bhandar at Bada Ganpati,” he said.
Samples of sev, laddoo and other delicacies were taken and will be sent to the laboratory in Bhopal to check for adulteration.
Though the result of the samples will arrive in 15 days, the food inspector feels that collection of samples is a sign enough to make the seller conscious about food quality.
Interestingly the number of cases related to mis-branding or copyright infringement has increased. A lot of firms and manufacturing units have been fined for the same in an increasing number in the last few years.