Nagpur: Acting on secret information, officials of Food and Drug Administration on Thursday conducted raid on a sweetmeat shop in Pachpaoli and found that the owner was using pieces of green coloured peanuts in place of pistachio (pista) while preparing Soan Papdi.
Subsequently, the FDA team seized about 4873 kg of Soan Papdi stock worth Rs 3.16 lakh being kept for sale. The FDA also seized the green coloured peanuts and the artificial green colour. All the seized stuff has been sent to laboratory for analysis. After receiving the test report, further action will be initiated against the sweetmeat shop owner under Food Safety and Standards Act, FDA said.
The FDA team conducted raid on M/s Ganga Sweets, near Railway Gate No. 1, Pachpaoli. The owner of M/s Ganga Sweets has been identified as Raju Shivaji Bhunje. The accused owner was misguiding the consumers by selling spurious stuff. The labels of Soan Papdi mentioned pista as ingredient but in its place green coloured peanuts were being used in the sweet. The spurious pistachios can be extremely harmful to health, informed the FDA officials.
The raid was conducted by Assistant Commissioner (Food) Milind Deshpande, Food Safety Officers Anant Chaudhary, Abhay Deshpande, and Praful Tople under the guidance of Joint Commissioner, FDA, Nagpur.