Punjab Government committed to ensure safe, healthy food: Balbir Singh Sidhu

Chandigarh, July 3, 2020: Under Mission Tandrust, Government of Punjab is committed to ensure safe and healthy food to the people, said Balbir Singh Sidhu while giving appointment letters to 18 newly recruited food safety officers.

Commissionerate of Food and Drug Administration has been tasked to sensitize Food Business Operators (FBOs) about the distribu-tion of safe food to public and also to take action under the law against those FBOs which indulge in unsafe and substandard Food items.

The Food Safety wing of health department has been conducting raids and inspection on daily basis under which last year about 9 thousand inspections have been conducted and cases launched against defaulters in Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate and the Court of Additional Deputy Com-missioners.

Thirteen persons have been convicted by the Court in last one year with imprisonments up to 6 months and a fine of Rs. 3.30 cr. imposed against 2162 Food Business Operators who were found indulging in irregularities K.S. Pannu, Commission-er Food and Drugs Admin-istration stated that with the enhanced strength of the Food Safety Officers in Punjab, the Commissioner-ate shall be increasing its capacity to take action against those indulging in wrong practices in the Food Business and not maintain-ing hygiene..

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