As festive season approaches, Lucknow DM talks of targeted raids to expose adulteration

Lucknow: Under the chairmanship of District Magistrate Surya Pal Gangwar, a meeting of the District Level Committee of Food Safety and Drug Administration Department (FSDA), Lucknow was held in the Atal Bihari Bajpai Video Conferencing Hall located at the Collectorate. In which the District Magistrate directed raids to check adulteration in food items on the occasion of upcoming festivals Navratri, Dussehra and Deepawali.

He said that common consumers and traders should be made aware about the rules of the department by organizing camps. Strict action should be taken against adulterants. The District Magistrate said that the FSDA team should inspect the hotel and restaurant and check the standard. He directed to register all liquor shops by 31 October. The flour mill, rice mill, pulse mill operating in the capital should also be registered.

Another clean street food hub will be built near the equality oriented intersection

The District Magistrate said that another clean street food hub should be developed near Samta Moolak intersection on Gomti River Front. For this, establish coordination with the Municipal Corporation and Lucknow Development Authority and the traffic police. He said that Sabzi Mandi at Dubagga should also be developed as a clean and fresh fruit and vegetable market to provide fresh and clean fruits and vegetables to the consumers. ADM East Amit Kumar, DCP Crime PK Tiwari, Additional District Panchayat Raj Officer JK Gond and officers of related departments were present in the meeting.

550 samples filled in raids at 390 places

Assistant Commissioner Food SP Singh told the District Magistrate that during the financial year 2022-23 (till 15th September), FSDA conducted around 5451 inspections and took 550 samples in raids at 390 places. During this, a total of 230 cases were filed in the court and eight in the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate First Court. The court, while pronouncing the sentence in a total of 166 cases, imposed a fine of about 38 lakhs. In the current financial year, the department made a total of 1984 new licenses and 9359 new registrations.

They got the certificate from the Food Safety Standards Authority

The Assistant Food Commissioner informed that under the Eat Right Challenge program, the department has given certificates to four major prestigious temples of the district (Hanuman Setu, ISKCON Temple, Gurudwara Ashiana and Gayatri Shaktipeeth Jankipuram) by the Food Safety and Standards Authority. FSDA has certified seven campuses including PGI, KGMU, Police Line Canteen, Vidhan Sabha Canteen, Integral University as Eat Right Campus.

He informed that the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has given certificate to Chatori Gali at 1090 intersection as clean street food hub and new vegetable market site Sitapur Road vegetable market as clean and fresh fruit and vegetable market. Hygiene rating of 388 major establishments of the capital has also been done.

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