Strict action against adulteration of food items: Health Minister 2022

Thiruvananthapuram | Health Minister Veena George has said that stern action will be taken against those who adulterate food in the state. Inspections in markets and shops will be strengthened. The inspection will be carried out by a special team led by the Assistant Commissioners of Food Safety, the minister said. The Food Safety Commissioner will coordinate activities.

The Department of Food Safety is launching a new campaign called ‘Good Food is the Right of the Nation’ to detect adulteration in food items. As part of this, ‘Operation Fish’ was launched to detect adulteration in fish. The goal is to ensure safe eating. Raids will be intensified in all districts to check for fraud. As part of the campaign, the public will be made aware and aware that they can find their own illusions.

Kerala is the first state in every district to have a mobile food testing lab. Therefore, it is possible to quickly identify in all districts whether adulteration has been added. Further tests will be sent to the laboratories of the Department of Food Safety if needed. Food items such as fish, coconut oil, curry powder, milk and jaggery will be categorized. The campaign will be implemented with the participation of the public. The public can call the toll free number 1800 425 1125 if they have a complaint about adulteration of food items. These are the contact numbers in the respective districts. Thiruvananthapuram 8943346182, Pathanamthitta 8943346184, Kottayam 8943346185, Idukki 8943346188, Thrissur 8943346188, Malappuram 89433494, 894

Food security inspections in the state were intensified following a directive from the Food Safety Department. In the last three days, 696 tests have been carried out to detect adulteration in fish. 772 samples were sent for testing. 1,925 kg of damaged fish were seized and destroyed. Based on this, it was decided to start a new campaign in the state.

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