Enforce Food Safety Act with an iron hand: Punjab Health Minister
Punjab Health Minister Brahm Mahindra has issued strict instruction to the district health authorities to ensure the implementation of Food Safety & Standards Act with iron hand and to act against big food and beverages operators besides the small food shops and street vendors for the complaints of adulteration.
The minister was chairing the State level review meeting of the Food and Drug administration officers. He said that zero tolerance would be maintained against adulteration of food articles and all complaints of the citizens in this regard must be addressed within stipulated time.
He exhorted the food safety officers not to confine their activities only to raid food shops instead they should concentrate on bringing positive results by acting against the miscreants who are playing with life of people.
The Health Minister instructed the officers to ensure the sampling of the basic eatables consumed by the citizens such as milk and dairy products and seasonal fruits.
He said that the adulteration is a serious issue which directly linked with health and hygiene of the citizen. He asked the officers that hence forth food/canteens in government sector should also be taken into screening.
The Minister said that by ensuring the supply of unadulterated food articles, department may curb many deadly and chronic diseases like cancer, hepatitis, stomach and gastric disorders.
The Minister also directed the officers to sensitize the public through IEC activities for registering their complaints against adulteration over on-line portal of the department.