Fresh trouble for Khyber as FSO seizes loose curd from firm’s milk-van


Srinagar:  In fresh trouble for Khyber Agro Farms, authorities on Saturday seized unpacked curd from the vehicle ferrying milk products of the company in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district, officials and witnesses said.
Officials said following pubic complaints the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department (CAPD) officials seized a milk van coming from Shopian to Pulwama. “Apart from packed Khyber milk, a can of uncovered curd was recovered, which raised alarm” the officials said.
They said the Food Safety Officials were instantly called to the spot. Sony Singh the concerned Food Safety Official confirmed that the samples of the uncovered curd recovered from the “Khyber vehicle” have been seized and send for testing. “We have taken samples and let’s see that how the report comes,” Singh told Kashmir Observer adding “according Challan will be produced.”
Senior Superintendent of Police Pulwama Rayees Ahmed, however, said no case has been filed. “It is for them(FSO) to look into the matter. On our side no case has been filed,” he said.
 Earlier this year, in the wake of orders of a court in central Kashmir’s Budgam district, the J&K government had ordered recall of Khyber milk and all milk products manufactured by Khyber Agro Farms and directed that these products should not be supplied till further directions.
The government had issued orders for implementing the judgment of Judicial Magistrate Budgam and ordered Controller Drug and Food Control Organisation to “remove milk and milk products manufactured by Khyber Agro Farms Private Limited ‘immediately’.” 
The Health and Medical Education Department, in its order No HD/Legal/Drug/MR-56/2016 dated April 6, 2016 ordered that no milk or milk product of the company be available for human consumption till these products are declared safe by a referral laboratory in Kolkata.
Earlier the court had directed Commissioner Food Safety to ensure that “the convicted company is closed and its products taken off from the market”, unless certified to be safe by the food testing lab that had initially issued report that the milk samples of the company tested by it were ‘unsafe’ for human consumption. 
The lab had found detergent in milk samples of the company, a chemical that medical report submitted by SKIMS had stated was carcinogenic in nature.
Attempts to contact Abdul Rauf Tramboo, CEO, Khyber Agro Farms Pvt. Ltd. did not materialize as his phone was switched off.

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