CHANDIGARH: The Punjab Vigilance Bureau has registered a vigilance enquiry on the premise of dependable info to probe the malpractices in assortment, testing and holding information of samples of meals gadgets in the state.
Disclosing this right here as we speak, Chief Director-cum-DGP Vigilance Bureau Punjab B.Ok. Uppal mentioned the well being and meals departments collects samples of eatable gadgets for the aim of checking and analysing its adulteration. “But it has got here to mild that every one samples of meals gadgets weren’t despatched to the laboratory for evaluation because the matter get settled down by way of unfair practices by the division officers with shopkeepers/eating places house owners”, he added.
He additional knowledgeable that in order to expose the malfeasance by the officers of the state meals and well being departments an investigation has been handed over to Senior Superintendent of Police Vigilance Bureau vary, Amritsar.
It is knowledgeable right here that well being and meals departments collects samples of various meals gadgets from numerous dairies, candy retailers, eating places after which ahead the identical to Punjab State Food and Chemical laboratory, Kharar to perform checking and analysing if any adulteration was detected in the meals stuffs.
Uppal additional knowledgeable that Vigilance Bureau obtained the information of samples acquired from the Assistant Commissioner, Food and Safety Amritsar, Gurdaspur, Pathankot and Tarn Taran in addition to Chemical laboratory, Kharar for the 12 months 2018-19. During corroborating the information pertaining to assortment, evaluation and acquired samples, VB has discovered a number of discrepancies.
“In the 12 months 2018, whole 1,115 samples have been despatched from the meals and security division, Amritsar and acquired 1,113 samples from the chemical laboratory, Kharar. Out of those, 851 samples had failed as per the experiences of the laboratory whereas meals and security division of Amritsar document exhibits that solely 497 samples have been failed”, mentioned Uppal.
VB Chief additional revealed that 599 samples have been despatched by the meals and security division Amritsar for analyzing however Kharar based mostly laboratory acquired solely 597 out of which 217 samples have failed whereas meals and security division Amritsar confirmed 172 samples have failed in the document in the course of the 12 months 2019.
He additional disclosed that in the course of the preliminary enquiry it has got here to mild that that the information pertaining to all meals samples weren’t maintained correctly. He identified that one meals provide officer receives the slips to seal the meals samples and one other meals provide officer receives samples from candy retailers/eating places. He added that some slips used for sealing of meals samples have been issued to drivers, class-4 workers or clerks of the meals and civil provide division. However, these slips couldn’t be issued to these workers as per prescribed guidelines.