After its recent drive against spurious milk and dairy products, the Punjab Food and Drug Administration has launched a crackdown on those involved in adulteration of edible oils.Food safety teams are conducting raids across the State against those involved in adulteration of oil, especially mustard oil, which is consumed by a large section of the population in Punjab.Punjab Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Kahan Singh Pannu said the food safety team in Fazilka conducted a raid at NG Oil Mill, Abohar, and found 725 litres of impure mustard oil and 352 litres of edible oil. Samples were taken for further investigation and the stock was seized.“The manufacturer was selling adulterated edible oil as mustard oil. The packaging part of the factory and an oil tanker were sealed. The team also seized 46 litres of Royal Taj cooking medium being sold as desi ghee from Abhey Trading Company being run from a domestic premises,” he said.Earlier, the team sealed an oil manufacturing unit near Ahmedgarh in Ludhiana. “Though the manufacturing unit was located in Ludhiana district, the packaging address was given of Sangrur district. The entire packaged material, nearly 168 litres of mustard oil, was seized and the unit sealed. Misbranded mustard oil was also found at a factory in Khanna,” said Mr. Pannu.Mr. Pannu said an inspection at Krishna Traders, Hoshiarpur, unearthed 180 kg of adulterated desi ghee made from vanaspati. “The stock was seized and samples of desi ghee and vanaspati were taken for investigation,” he added.
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