23 quintal papaya stored unhygienically in Fazilka - ECAS Punjab

23 quintal papaya stored unhygienically in Fazilka

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Our Correspondent
Fazilka, October 22

Ahead of the festive season, a team of the Health Department conducted a raid in a local wholesale vegetable market today and found a huge quantity of papaya stored in unhygienic conditions.

Abhivan Khosla, Food Safety Officer, Fazilka, said the owners had stored 23 quintals of papaya in the open without a valid licence. The fruit was found wrapped in newspapers and old jute bags, and left under a tent, violating the guidelines of the Health Department.

Heaps of garbage surrounded the stored fruit and animal carcasses were found nearby. Khosla said the papaya was being ripened using some Chinese tablets, which were confiscated from the site.

However, the fruit was neither seized, nor challan issued to the persons concerned.

"A notice has been served on the shop owners directing them to store the fruit under hygienic conditions. They have also been asked to obtain a valid licence for its storage in the future," said Khosla.

He said samples of the fruit had been taken and action would be initiated against those found guilty.

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