Jaipur Health Department Collects Food Samples Before Holi

In a bid to create an awareness and improve the overall quality of food products that are purchased most during the time of Holi, officials from the state health department were asked to conduct surprise quality checks in the Lal Kothi area and Shastri Nagar locality of Jaipur. The special health campaign that was executed by the government had largely to do with curbing adulterations that commonly occur in milk products, sweets and other snacks that is commonplace during the festive season – as a way to increase quantity, thus affecting the quality of food products.

Samples of paneer, mawa, barfi, milk cake, sweets and ghee were seized from Sodani Sweets shop in the Lal Kothi area, whereas 21 milk and paneer shops in the doodh mandi of Shastri Nagar were under the scanner. In addition to this, suspicious-looking samples of mawa sweets and oil were collected from Kishore Sweets in Sodhala, gujiya and other mawa sweets from Laxmi Sweet Caterers, mathri and gujiya samples from Jodhpur Sweet Store, as well as samples of paneer were collected from HHM Dairy Bais Godam were among others that were collected.

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The eateries in question were issued improvement notices under Section 32 of the Food Safety and Standards Act to Sodani Sweets, whereas on-the-spot tests were conducted on 47 samples of paneer, mawa and ghee by the health officials. Tests conducted on the seized samples of ghee from Balaji Paneer House failed the quality checks, following which notices were also issued to RK Dairy and Deepak Dairy for similar reasons. Since milk products and sweets are among some of the most consumed items during the Holi festival, the health inspections were aimed at preventing food adulteration.