Raids conducted on milk market, namkeen unit on the eve of Diwali

Patna,(BiharTimes): A team of Food and Consumer Protection Department on Thursday conducted raids at the milk market near Patna Junction and a namkeen unit at Beur.

It recovered adulterated food items, including sweets and milk. The officials of the department than destroyed hundreds of litres of milk and a large quantity of paneer at the milk market.

The raids were carried on the eve of Diwali following complaints of adulteration.

After the raids the milk-sellers turned violent and indulged in stone-pelting. The local police had to reach the spot to maintain law and order.

According to Asish Kumar Singh, OSD, Food and Consumer Protection Department, many of the sellers mix urea, caustic soda and starch to milk. While starch is added to prevent curdling of milk, salt and detergents are added to milk to adjust the lactometer reading and to provide thickness to milk. Mixing of contaminated water also poses health risk.

Singh said the seized samples would be checked at the laboratory. The locally made paneer is more injurious to health as the makers mix arrowroot and starch and then store it at a cold place. It would be better to avoid taking locally made paneer.

Raid was also carried at a snacks factory running without license in Beur on the outskirts of Patna. An FIR was lodged with the Beur police station against the owner of the snacks factory, who is absconding. Four workers of the factory were arrested on the spot.




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