4000 litres of adulterated cooking oil seized


Raising question marks over quality of edible oil in the summer capital, authorities today seized 4000 litres of adulterated cooking oil during a raid at Al Noor Colony Hyderpora here today. 
On the basis of specific inputs received by Commissionerate of Food Safety J&K, a team of Food Safety Officers, designated officer Srinagar raided premises of a dealer who was involved in possible relabeling of damaged or expired edible oil, an official statement said. 
“During the spot inspection, it surfaced that the party of defaulters were emptying damaged and expired 5 Litre Packs/Cans of Edible Mustard Oil (Vinakya Brand) and illegally filled into non-food grade drums and barrels otherwise used for fungicides and insecticides for possible relabeling or resale,” it said. 
It said 1500 litres were seized from the premises and 2500 litres were recovered from a nearby godown. Samples of same were also lifted for Laboratory Analysis.
“We found that it was quite a suspicious activity that oil was being collected in chemical containers. We doubted that there was an intension to send the oil back to Jaipur for repacking,” said Food Safety Commissioner, Abdul Kabir Dar. 
Dar said suspicion with label of the product also led to seizure of the stocks that have been sent for laboratory testing. 
Meanwhile, the statement said a local court recently imposed a penalty of Rs 3 lakh on Hindustan Coca Cola Beverages in a case of misbranding filed by food safety department. 

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