Want to eat sweets? Think againAnupam Bhagria
Insects found in samples
Tribune News Service
Ludhiana, October 21
This Diwali, think twice before relishing sweets as most of these are not only of substandard, but also infested with insects. Test reports of various sweet samples collected by the health department have revealed this.
Dr Kulwinder Singh, district health officer, Ludhiana, said, “We took samples of ‘rasogulla’, ‘burfi’ and ‘petha’ from Super Lovely Sweet Shop at Lakkar Bazaar. Nine dead insects were found in samples of the ‘rasogulla’ and ‘burfi’. Refined oil used for preparing these sweets, too, was of substandard quality. Its BR reading (which tells whether refined has been used or it is milk fat) was also higher than the permissible limits. Thirteen insects were also found in the ‘petha’ samples. All these samples were found unfit for human consumption.”
Similarly, ‘petha’ samples collected from Bhure Lal’s factory was also found unfit for human consumption. The District Health Officer said, “Two honeybees and two houseflies were found in the samples collected from the factory.”
“Patisa” samples taken from Sheesh Ram Shop at Dasmesh Nagar in Jagraon, too, was unfit for human consumption as foreign starch was used for preparing it. The owners of all these shops have been booked under the Food Safety and Standard Act.