Pune: Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), Pune, has seized food products worth Rs 13 lakh ahead of Diwali in Pune district. Officials have cautioned consumers against adulterated khawa and hygiene standards of homemade 'Faral' for diwali.
Speaking to Sakal Times, Shivaji Desai, FDA Joint Commissioner, Pune region, said that consumers should be aware of homemade sweets during Diwali.
“We have urged all homemade 'Faral' makers to enroll with the FDA as a precautionary measure. Consumers should also focus on the cleanliness of the area and the hygienic condition in which these sweets are made. If there are any discrepancies, the consumers should feel free to contact the FDA,” said Desai.
He further added that the home vendors should enroll with the FDA. “If a consumer files a complaint and the vendor is not registered with the FDA, the department can take penal action,” explained Desai.
He further added that in the regular inspection done by the FDA ahead of Diwali, there has been a district-wide check on khawa, barfi and other sweets.
“We have taken around 138 samples from various places in the district and have sent them for testing. Our main aim was to check oil quality, khawa, barfi and other sweets made for the festive season. Wherever our officers have witnessed unhygienic conditions, we have confiscated the material and sent samples for testing,” said Desai.
He also urged the consumers to be careful and avoid using old khawa, as it can lead to poor quality sweets, affecting health and wellbeing of everyone.