Food Safety team seizes over 38 quintals of rice

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 16: Food Safety Wing, Jammu of Drug and Food Control Organization seized over 38 quintals of Sarveshwar Basmati rice after the Central Food Laboratory, Kolkata declared it unsafe for eating.
According to the official sources, a Food Safety team during routine checking of food products in the month of September last year, took a sample of Sarveshwar Basmati Rice (Batch No RAH/M-237A(P)/SOL) with label ‘Sarveshwar Ultra XL Indian basmati Rice’ from Sales Centre of Sarveshwar Food Private Limited located at Jewel (below Gumat in Jammu.
Accordingly, the sample of the rice was sent to Food Safety Laboratory, Patoli (Jammu) to check for impurities if any and after testing the sample, the Food Safety Lab, Jammu declared it safe to eat. Thereafter, as per laid down procedure, the same sample was sent for testing at Central Food Laboratory, Kolkata. However, the report of Central Lab declared the sample unsafe, stating that it is coated with Wax and the Lead content in it is higher than the prescribed limit.
Meanwhile, taking action against the Firm, sources said that a Food Safety Team, Jammu has seized about 39 quintals of Sarveshwar Ultra XL Basmati rice packed in 25 kg, 10 kg, 5 kg and 1 kg bags (of Batch No RAH/M-237A(P)/SOL) from Sales Centre of Sarveshwar Food Private Limited at Jewel (Below Gumat).


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