Food inspectors round market to curb sale of unfit food, water

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

May 5, 2015-

Selling of substandard and expired food and water has increased in the aftermath of April 25 earthquake, according to the Department of Commerce and Supply Management (DCSM).

“Besides the rise in the sale of expired food products, many shops are also found charging high prices on food and other daily essentials,” said Shambhu Koirala, the director general of DCSM.

A team from the department on Tuesday sealed the plant owned by Matatirtha Drinking Water and Beverages after it was found supplying expired bottled water in market.

Koirala said samples retrieved from the plant have been taken for lab test.

A water jar of Aqua-Oasis 100 brand was also seized from Jorpati after inspectors found traces of sludge in it.

Posh Raj Khanal, the monitoring officer, said that they have asked the company owner to be present at the department within 24 hours and furnish clarification.  

Two days ago, the DCSM officials had also raided New Mahalaxmi Sekuwa and Restaurant at Babarmahal after receiving complaint that the eatery was selling expired bottled water and charging high prices on food items. On the same day, the owners of 17 eateries in New Bus Park area were booked for selling substandard products and arbitrary price hike.

They were punished under the Black Market and Other Social Crime Punishment Act 1975. The DCSM took action against 17 food outlets in the New Bus Park area that were blamed for selling substandard products along with charging abnormal prices from their customers.

Meanwhile, the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control (DFTQC) has started inspecting the drinking water being supplied to the earthquake affected areas.

Purna Chandra Wasti, spokesperson for DFTQC, said they started inspecting the water quality after finding the water being supplied to the earthquake-hit areas unfit for drinking.

On Monday, the department had also urged the public to refrain from buying bottled water of Metromint brand manufactured by DS Polytechnik of Dhanusha.

“The lab test had found that the water was contaminated and unhealthy for drinking,” said Wasti.

He said that they have mobilised two rapid monitoring teams to check the quality of water being supplied to the earthquake victims.

Published: 06-05-2015 08:44

User's Feedback

Click here for your comments

Comment via Facebook

Don't have facebook account? Use this form to comment