In one week, the Department of Food Safety inspected and collected samples from 48 sweet shops in Gurgaon. The department collected more than 65 samples of Khoya and other sweets including Kaju Katli, Coconut Barfi, Gulab Jamun and more. They also collected samples of sauce from fast food joints and restaurants in the area.
Sources say that the department received reports concerning adulterated milk, paneer and Khoya from Mewat and some parts of Rajasthan. Following this report, officials collected samples of ready-made sweets, milk cake and many other sweets. The sweet shops inspected were in Sector 29, Jharsa Road, Badshahpur, Pataudi, Sector 40 and MG Road.
KK Sharma, Food Safety Officer of Gurgaon said, “While some samples have already been sent to the authorized laboratory in Chandigarh for test, some samples will be sent tomorrow. We are expecting reports by the end of this week. Strict action will be taken if any of the samples are found to have any adulteration. The sweet shops can’t put people’s health on stake.” As for the sauce samples that have been collected, it’s because adulterated sauce can cause serious health hazards.
They’ve also called for customers to bring any violation to their notice. Sharma added, “I request people to report any violation or adulteration to us. It will help us nab those who use adulterated products in festive season. People can either write to us online or call the landline number of the food safety department to report any kind of adulteration of violation of norms while preparing sweets or other food items.”
With Diwali around the corner, this situation comes at a bad time for sweet shops. Hopefully whatever is found and reported back, the shops can rectify before the festival season is over.