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FSSAI Crackdown on Adulterated Sweets Ahead of Deepavali in Coimbatore

In a targeted operation preceding the Deepavali festival, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) conducted a special drive in Coimbatore, seizing and subsequently destroying 501.3 kg of sweets. The crackdown aimed at curbing the excessive use of artificial colorants in these festive treats.

Widespread Inspections Yield Results

Nine dedicated teams from FSSAI undertook inspections at 104 locations, including manufacturers, wholesale dealers, seasonal producers, and retailers, from November 1 to 6. The seized sweets, valued at approximately ₹1.10 lakh, encompassed popular varieties such as laddoo and jalebi.

Artificial Colorant Overuse Uncovered

The primary issue identified during the inspections was the indiscriminate use of artificial colorants, surpassing permissible limits. Seven samples from the confiscated sweets were sent to a government laboratory for examination. Notices were issued to 45 traders under Section 55 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, for violations.

Hygiene Concerns Prompt Action

During the six-day drive, FSSAI discovered an unhygienic sweet manufacturing unit. The unit was promptly instructed to cease operations and address the identified anomalies, with a follow-up inspection planned.

Penalties for Violations

FSSAI imposed fines of ₹2,000 each on seven shops employing banned plastic carry bags for delivering sweets. Additionally, 16 traders selling prohibited tobacco products faced fines of ₹5,000 each.

Continued Vigilance and Public Engagement

FSSAI reassured continued surprise checks in sweet shops and manufacturing units leading up to Deepavali. Customers are encouraged to report grievances through the FSSAI’s WhatsApp helpline at 94440-42322 or the TN Foodsafety Consumer App.


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