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Delhi Govt. Carries Out Drive Against Edible Oil Adulteration

The Delhi government, on Friday, said that it started carrying out a drive against adulteration of edible oils and multi-source edible oils.

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The Delhi government, on Friday, said that it started carrying out a drive against adulteration of edible oils and multi-source edible oils. This was done by sending sweet samples from confectionaries to laboratories to keep a check on such malpractices during the upcoming festive season. This two-week drive started on August 1, under which, each food safety officer (FSO) was instructed to choose two samples per district minimum every day, and send them for analysis to the food lab.


In a public statement, the Department of Food Safety (DFS) said 97 samples have been lifted so far. The statement further added that the Focus of this drive is to identify adulteration in multi-source edible oils (MSEO) and other edible oils like soyabean oil, rice bran oil, and sunflower oil, among others. “Lab reports of samples lifted are being shared with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on regular intervals," the official statement read. In consideration of the ongoing and upcoming festive season, the DFS has lifted samples of sweets like 'ghewar', 'khoya', 'burfi', and other confectionary items district-wise and sent them to food laboratories for testing of any kind of adulteration," it added.


Previously in the month of May, a similar drive was undertaken for mustard oil samples. A total of 70 samples were picked and 20 samples were found in contravention of the Food Standards and Safety (FSS) Act, 2006. Likewise, such a drive was also undertaken for testing of adulteration of milk and drinking water, in June. A total of 63 samples of milk and 92 samples of packaged drinking water/mineral water were picked from all the 11 districts of NCT of Delhi.