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Ramakanta Biswas

Cuttack: Worried over mushrooming adulteration units in the Silver City of Cuttack, the administration has decided to constitute a district-level inspection committee to check the illegal activities that has been giving sleepless nights to residents of the Silver City but outside.

The decision on formation of the inspection committee was taken at a high-level meeting attended by District Collector Bhawani Shankar Chayani, Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) officials, civil supplies officials and food safety officers.

According to sources, the examination committee will comprise Collector, additional collector, DCP, CMC commissioner, SP, rural health officer, food safety officers. The panel will have 10 squads- six for rural areas and four for CMC area.

The inspection committee will maintain coordination with the traders' associations of Malgodown and Jagatpur Industrial Estate.

In addition, the authorities have decided to launch a dedicated helpline number for public to come forward and directly report if they come across any such illegal adulteration units.

"We have taken the issue of adulteration units very seriously. During the meeting today, we constituted a district level committee comprising Collector, additional collector, DCP, CMC commissioner, SP, rural health officer, food safety officers," said Chayani.

"All food manufacturing units and those dealing with food items will be monitored. Stringent action will be taken against unlicensed units. Besides, we will monitor whether the licensed units are preparing good quality products or not," Chayani added.

It can be mentioned here that as many as 14 illegal adulterated food processing units were detected in Cuttack till November 29 and goods and property worth Rs 4,40,10,000 were seized from the illegal units.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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