Here’s a bitter truth. Sweets, this Diwali, could cost you your health.
In a series of raids by the food and civil supplies department, officials found sweets being prepared near nullah with waste water flowing through it; bugs and mice freely sinking their teeth into the sweets before you could, and fungus spreading through the raw material.
“We found cockroaches and mice swarming around sweets in the kitchen at several places we inspected in Shivdaspura in Katla Bazaar,” said a food inspector with the health department.
In one case, officials found that a sweet Sohan Papdi was being prepared above a nullah in Hasanpura area at a factory owned by one Amit Gupta.
At another shop - Vimal Kirana - Petha and other sweets were infected with fungus. “We immediately destroyed the sweets,” a health department officials said. Around two dozen such adulterated and unhygienic sweet-manufacturing units are being identified every day.
“Our teams find around 20 such places everyday where sweets are made in unhygienic conditions. Unhealthy sweets are destroyed on the spot while warnings are issued to the owners,” said OP Thakan, chief medical and health officer, speaking to dna.
Ironically, this exercise by the health department seems futile for the people of Jaipur during this festive season as a complete report on the food samples taken from such shops take a fortnight to a month to come. By this time, these sweets have already been sold to the people. Officials said there are only a handful of mobile laboratories available with the department.
The extent of adulterated and unhygienic food and sweets being supplied in the market can also be gauged by the increase in the number of patients suffering from diarrhea. “There has been a sharp rise in the number of patients suffering from diarrohea, which seems to be resistant to common antibiotics. I advice that if the sweets taste sour, it should not be consumed,” said Dr Ramesh Roop Rai, a city based gastroenterologist.