Food Safety drive ahead of Diwali, Ningol Chakouba conducted

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Imphal: Ahead of the Diwali and Ningol Chakouba festivals with the objective to prevent people consuming adulterate and unhygienic foods including fruits, state food safety along with state health department conducted a special drive along the stretch of Paona Bazar and Thangal bazar on Sunday.

Designated officer of state food safety department Tekcham Brojendro Khaba Meitei told reporters that the drive was conducted to prevent from adulterate and unhygienic foods with the coming of the festivals.

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During the drive some unhygienic foods were detected at some fruit vendors and sweet shops.

The officer appealed to the people to check the manufacturing and expiry date before buying any food item or others.

The drive will be continued in the Imphal area for a healthy and safe Diwali and Ningol Chakouba, Brojendro said.

Additional Food Safety commissioner K. Rajo said during the drive oils used while cooking edible items at hotels were checked with the help of machines, sweets items were also examined if they are freshly made. Some of the stale edible items were seized and disposed at suitable place, he added.

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The cook in hotels were also examined and some of them were found unhygienic with their nails. They were instructed to maintain proper health hygiene, he said.

Rajo said some of the fruit items were found wax coating in order to prevent from rotting, which are health hazardous.

He advised the fruit sellers, sweet shops and others to maintain proper hygiene.

If the department finds any shop selling adulterate or unhygienic foods and packaged drinking water, necessary action will be taken, Rajo warned.

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