Officials attached to the Food Safety and Drug Administration department conducted a surprise raid in bakeries and roadside eateries located on the busy Gandhi Road, on Thursday. Water cans, bottles and packets of bread worth around Rs 10,000 were seized and destroyed, during the raid.
Officer of the Food Safety Wing, Vellore, Sampathkumar, said, “As many as three sacks of water packets, 20 water cans, each 25-litre capacity, and water bottles were seized and destroyed.” On the water cans that were seized, he said, they should be refilled with water only 40 times. However, the cans that were seized on Thursday had been used more than 40 times and the date of expiry was also not mentioned on them, he said. There was no date of expiry on the water bottles and water packets as well. A few packets of bread and chips, which did not bear the expiry dates, were also seized.
The officials of the department destroyed the food items that were cooked in the open, on the roadside.
Further Sampathkumar said, the public could complain about adulteration of food items by calling him at 9698938880.