Srinagar: After complaints of unhygienic meat being sold to people, Food Safety Department (FSD) on Tuesday launched a special drive in Srinagar and booked 9 butchers under FSS Act.An official said that on the directions of Commissioner Food and Drugs Administration, a special drive to check quality of food items during the month of Ramadan has been initiated by Food Safety Wing of Drugs and Food Control Organisation.
He said that during this drive nine prosecutions have been prepared against butchers for violating sanitary and hygienic requirements of Food Safety and Standards Act and about 25 kgs of mutton, which was found unfit for human consumption was destroyed on spot.
“Moreover, during this drive two food processing units which include one baker and one meat processing unit were prohibited for carrying further manufacturing of their products as these units were found being run in violation of rules,” he said.
He said that the inspection of butcher shops was conducted by joint team of Food Safety Officers and Veterinary Assistant Surgeons from Animal husbandry and Sheep husbandry departments under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner Food Safety Srinagar.
“Furthermore, the drive to check quality of eatables especially that of mutton, milk, dates, suji, fresh fruits and vegetables shall be intensified in the coming days.”
He said that all food business operators are directed to refrain from malpractices and any deviation shall be dealt strictly as per the provisions of Food Safety and Standards Act. (KNS)