Soon an inspection drive at the malls and hotels in city is the plan for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for monitoring transaction of food items as prescribed under the Food Safety and Standards Act.
Joint commissioner of Nasik Division for FDA, Chandtrakant Pawar said that they are planning to launch an inspection drive at malls across Nasik. The objective is to ensure that consumers are getting quality foods with good packaging. There are six-seven super markets and malls across the city.
They will check the quality and standard of foods sold at these places. Besides, various offers are given at the malls to attract consumers such as buy-one- get-one schemes are also offered. They desire to also check how such schemes are affordable to vendors and want to ensure they are not compromising on the quality of food being sold. They will also check weight, date of manufacturing and packaging and expiry dates on packaged foods.
Since the Ganpati festival is beginning soon, some food items are sold in large quantities during this time of year. They are therefore also planning to launch a drive to inspect all food related businesses shortly. This drive will continue until the end of the festive season in December. The drive is also a part of a slew of measures to ensure the sale of hygienically prepared foods consumers. This drive will be launched across Nashik division, which includes five districts- Nashik, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar.
Pawar added that as part of the run-up to the next Kumbh mela, the FDA would also start inspecting city hotels to ensure visiting devotees get quality of food.