Chandigarh, December 19
Crediting public with the assistance rendered in ascertaining the food safety in the State, KS Pannu, Director Tandrust Punjab Mission informed that the test results of samples brought voluntarily by public to the mobile Food Safety Vans reveal that during the month of October and November 2019, 101 samples out of 567 failed to meet the prescribed standards.
Giving details, he informed that mobile Food Safety Vans are deployed on rotational basis in different districts. During the month of October, a van was deployed in district Hoshiarpur wherein people brought 368 samples for testing including 78 samples of milk and milk products, 49 of spices and condiments, 16 of water and beverages and 225 of sweets. Out of the samples tested in Hoshiarpur, 40 failed.
Similarly, during the month of November, the Food Safety Van was deployed in Ferozepur wherein people brought 199 samples for testing including 60 samples of milk and milk products, 54 of spices and condiments, 20 samples of cereals and cereal products, 09 of salt and 56 of miscellaneous food items. Out of the 199 samples analysed in Ferozepur, 61 failed to meet the prescribed standards.
Pannu said that for on the spot testing of samples in the Food Safety Vans, a nominal test charge to the tune of Rs. 50 per sample is charged but this has never kept away the concerned citizens from getting tested the quality of food consumed by them. He said that after the analysis people are furnished with certified the copy of report on the spot.