Drive to check adulterated milk from neighbouring states

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Phagwara, Oct 30 (UNI) Milk products being brought from Uttar Pardesh, Bihar and Rajasthan would be checked and shopkeepers in Punjab have been told to use only approved items for making sweetmeats.

According to Punjab health department sources here, milk coming from neighbouring states would be checked at railway stations and at various check-points under a state-level compaign launched to check the menace of adulterated milk, ghee, khoya and paneer, specially in view of the festive season.

All Civil Surgeons have also been instructed to issue written instructions to all sweet shop owners to inform about any consignment of milk products being brought from other states and use it only after getting a ''clean chit'' from the health department.

Civil Surgeon Kapurthala, Dr Ashok Nayyar said that Health officers have been instructed to ensure that people got pure sweets.Special teams have been formed and Food inspectors sternly instructed to start sampling compaign in a transparent and effective manner.

Meanwhile, the Milkmen and Dairy Union, Punjab have urged the state government to bring transparency in "Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 and review of Food Adulteration Act 1954.

Union state president Paramjit Singh Sohal and General Secretary Joginder Paul announced to start a series of district-level conferences throughout the state in support of their long-standing demands.


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