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India, Mumbai: Food Safety and Quality

 

MUMBAI: Out of the total 20,359 samples of food articles which were examined across states during 2011-12, 1,950 were found to be adulterated, as per information provided by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare in the Lok Sabha today. The Ministry has collated the information from the various states and union territories (U.T) across India.

As per the information, in states such as Bihar, where 1,779 samples were examined during the year, 292 were found to be adulterated. While in Punjab, out of 6,946 samples, 588 were adulterated. In Goa, on the other hand, 13 out of 224 samples were found to be adulterated. In Meghalaya, 4 out of 23 samples were adulterated, while in Dadra & Nagar Haveli no adulteration was found in the 7 samples that were examined during the period.

Random samples of various food articles including fruits, vegetables, and pulses are drawn regularly by the State/U.T Governments and penal action is taken against the offenders, in cases where samples are found not conforming to the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006,” the ministry informed.

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