With the festival of light and sweets just a few days away, the health department of Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC), along with Food and Drug department has swung into action.
On Saturday, they carried out a health check at various shops in different areas of the city and issued 40 notices to vendors/manufacturers selling substandard food products.
For the last couple of days, both departments have been carrying out checks and have also seized various edible products which they found substandard and adulterated.
A dedicated team of food inspectors and health officials checked edible products in areas like Navrangpura, Nehrunagar, Vastrapur, Kubernagar, Maninagar and Shahibaug. During the check in West zone, officials tested the food products in some of the major sweet and farsaan shops of the zone. A senior AMC official speaking on condition of anonymity said, “We checked a large number major sweet shops and served notices for not maintaining hygiene. The hygiene level at the sweet shops was not as per the standards mentioned in Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA),” he said.
Some of the shops which were served notices in West zone include, Juna sherbazaar Mithai Ghar and Chavana Mart of Nehrunagar, Vipul Doodhiya sweet of Nehrunagar, Mohanlal Mithaiwala at Stadium circle where officials also collected samples of anjeer malai barfi. The officials also checked Bhavnagri Chavana and Sweet Mart on Judges Bungalow road from where the officials collected samples of Kesar Barfi.
The official said that two days back, some of the popular sweet shops of West zone like Bikanerwala and Gwalia had also been checked. “We have asked these two sweet shops to maintain hygiene levels and have also issued notices in this regard,” he said.
In all, 65 samples were tested in mobile testing laboratory and 40 notices served to concerned sweet shops and 18 food samples were collected under FSSA.