After receiving several complaints by the residents of Ambala, 10 samples of milk, jaggery and other food items were collected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reports the Times of India. On Saturday, Subhash Chander, the district FDA officer went to the shops and factories to collect these food samples. The samples will now be sent to the laboratory in Karnal for inspection, an official told the publication.
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“Acknowledging that some diseases are active in the state, we ordered officials to collect samples of food items from different places,” Anil Vij, Haryana’s health minister told the media. “We had received complaints that jaggery producers were using some chemicals, therefore I asked the officials to conduct raids.”
The Times of India also spoke to an FDA official who told the publication that, “The samples were collected after receiving orders from the health minister. Samples of jaggery have been collected from Dhiman Cane Crusher, Avsed Ali Gur Kohlu, Bansal Cane Crusher, Shiv Shakti Cane Crusher of Nohni village and Khurshid Gur Kohlu in Khuda Kalan village. Similarly, milk samples have been collected from a dairy owner Naresh Kumar in Hardi village and Lucky Dairy in Saha. We have also collected samples of atta noodles, chocolate pastry and packaged juice. It will take 14 days for the lab to prepare a report. Further action will be taken only after considering the reports.”