Conduct checking at sweet shops in city and spread awareness in traders to strictly follow the rule
A law has been enacted by the health department of the central government to write an expiry date on the packaging of sweets by the traders selling sweets. Strict implementation of the law, which came into force on October 1 was initiated by the Vadodara Municipal Corporation from Thursday. The food safety teams conduct checking at the city sweet shops to ensure the sweet traders follow the rules.
Sweets are sold on normal days and especially during festivals and consumers rely on shopkeepers to buy from them. But sometimes shopkeepers prepare and sell sweets that are harmful to the health of consumers and cheat them.
To stop such malpractice, the central government made a rule to provide fresh sweets to the people by determine the number of days fit for consumption. An order was also issued by the health department to implement it from 1st October 2020.
There is widespread resentment among traders selling sweets about the implementation of rules. However, the health department of the Vadodara Municipal Corporation has started enforcing the law enacted by the central government in city.
On Thursday as per the instructions of Additional Health Officer Dr. Mukeshbhai Vaidya, two teams of food inspectors started checking the sweet shops in Sama, Nizampura and Waghodia Road areas of Vadodara city.
The teams also spread awareness in traders about the new rules. They told them about mentioning the packing dates on sweet boxes by the traders. In addition the traders will be told to apply date on loose selling of sweets.
Health department official Dr. Mukesh Vaidya said, the Food Safety Department of the Health Department of the Corporation has been instrumental in ensuring strict enforcement of the Central Government Act and the operation has been started. During checking at small and big sweet shops as well as confectionery units in the city, the teams found most of the traders written the expiry date on sweet box as per the order.
Those who not write expiry date were instructed to write on the box of sweets. They are also warn about strict action if sweets without expiry dates are seized by the teams.