Div Com Kashmir Orders Monitoring Of Eatables' Quality

Srinagar: The Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir Pandurang K Pole on Saturday stressed on setting up a long term mechanism for monitoring the quality of meat, milk and other eatables to ensure the best food to citizens.

Pole directed officers of the Food and Drug Control Department to conduct drives to check the quality of milk frequently and investigate samples collected on a routine basis.

The Food and Drug Control officers informed the meeting that the department was already collecting samples of milk and other eatables every day and sending them to the lab for proper examination of ingredients and quality. They informed that the department has three mobile testing vans and a static lab to conduct the quality checks of milk and other edible items.

Meanwhile, Pole directed the installation of GPS systems on mobile vans to monitor their location. He also directed them to compile a weekly report of action taken and chalk out an advance plan of surprise testing of milk at different places particularly at the entry points of Srinagar city.

Besides, he asked them to double the number of testing per month and conduct rigorous quality check drives.

Pole was informed that the department has collected Rs 17 lakh fine from erring persons while cases have been also filed against several persons. He also directed the concerned to prepare a report of pending cases before ADCs as per the duration.

Further, Pole directed officers of Animal Husbandry and Sheep Husbandry to depute some Veterinary Assistant Surgeons to the Food & Drug Control department who would help them to check the quality of meat and asked them to conduct the quality check of meat on their own in respective jurisdictions.

Pole also directed SMC officials to ensure health and hygiene at slaughter houses and shops.

The meeting was attended by the officers of Food & Drug Control Organization Srinagar, FCS&CA, SMC, Animal Husbandry, Sheep Husbandry and Legal Metrology Department

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