Pune: After worms were reportedly found in food supplements of Anganwadi no 89 at Janata Vasahat, Sahakar Nagar on Monday, the Food and confiscated 2,348 kg of rice and 1,148 kg of semolina (rawa) from the food contractor.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Imran Hawaldar, Food Safety Officer (FSO) who conducted the search after receiving the complaint, said the food samples have been sent for analysis. “We have sent 13 samples of porridge, rice and green and white peas from the storage facility from where the samples were collected on Monday evening. The remaining samples of rice and porridge were confiscated. This amounts to rice of 2,348 kg and 1,148 kg of semolina used for making porridge,” said Hawaldar.
He added that the report after testing the samples will be available with the FDA in 15 to 20 days. An anganwadi worker, on condition of anonymity, said the food supplements may have rotten because of rain and storage for over a month. The workers were on a State-wide strike for a pay hike and hence the food supplements may not have been used.
SPI Anil Patil, in-charge of Dattawadi police station, told Sakal Times,
“FDA officials have collected samples. We will be taking action after getting their report.” Local corporator Anand Rithe, who informed the police about the incident, said, “One of the kids had taken the food home. As he was not eating it, his father poured milk in the vessel when some worms came up. He took it to the anganwadi and complained to the staff there. Again milk was put in the food and many worms came up. As the staff was not giving information about the food or their seniors, I called the police.”