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July, 2008



Chandigarh 4 July, 2008

After targeting the synthetic milk and khoya mafia in the state, the tasty pachranga achar is now under attack by Punjab health authorities. In a major step taken towards checking the supply of adulterated and unhygienic food items all over the state and intensity the stir to nab the culprits involved in such deeds, the Health department Punjab has destroyed and dumped fungus ridden 400 quintals of un-hygienically prepared pickles and murbba seized during a raid from the Ganpati Food Products Pvt. Ltd Samana in Patiala district in garbage dumping grounds at the outskirts of Samana city.

Disclosing this here today, Prof. Lakhsmi Kanta Chawla, Health Minister Punjab said that the premises of Ganpati Food Products were raided by the Punjab health department and found the food items stored in a large plastic water tanks. The entire stuff was full of fungus.. Later 5 samples were collected and sent them to a laboratory at Chandigarh, which found them to be adulterated and not fit for human consumption. She further said that as per the directions of the court the food items were publicly destroyed and dumped in the garbage dumping grounds.

Adding further the minister said that government has already taken a strict view of similar incidents occurring all over the state. Such traders would not be allowed to play with the lives of the people. They deserved stringent punishment for selling un-hygienic and adulterated food products, said Prof. Chawla. She also said that she has separately taken up the matter with the CM Punjab to strengthen various laws to check adulteration of food products. She said that adulteration of food product tantamount to playing with the life of an individual. The Minister warned the officers/official found colluding with the culprits of dire consequences.



Chandigarh July 4; In one of the biggest seizure of intoxicating drugs in the state, the Punjab health department today seized habit forming scheduled drugs worth Rs.3O Lakhs from the shop and godowns of Pawan Medicos of Pindi street Ludhiana. During a raid conducted by a team headed by Mr. Bhag Singh State Drug Controller Punjab along with 9 drug inspectors of different districts other than Ludhiana, the state was able to nab one of the biggest supplier of drugs in the state. It may be added that with this major haul, habit forming drugs worth Rs. 2 crore 50 lakhs have been seized during various raids conducted by the Health Department Punjab all over the state during last 6 months.

Disclosing this here today Prof.Lakshmi Kanta Chawla Health and Family Welfare Minister Punjab said that during a recent raid on the premises of Pawan Medicos two unlicensed godowns and one shop had already been sealed and two different cases under section 18C of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act have been registered against the shop owner besides a departmental action has also be initiated against him amounting to even the cancellation of his license. She further said that the drugs seized were being sold at the prescription of the RMP and were used as intoxicants.

The minister said that a special team has been constituted to explore the inter-state network of this firm and determine the source of these drugs so that this evil could be nipped in the bud. She said that the department has established a network in the state to gather information about such nefarious activities of the chemists and the system of exchanging information with police department has also been established.

Seeking the cooperation of the public to tackle this menace, the Minister sought information from the general public .She said that the persons supplying information to the government would be suitably rewarded. Praising the officers' instrumental in nabbing the culprits, she said that the department would acknowledge their contribution and same would be recorded in their service record books. She has urged them to be more courageous and work with full dedication








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