Tobacco products, banned food items worth Rs 15 lakh seized from CCpur

IMPHAL, October 24: Staff reporter 24: A food safety team raided shops in Churachandpur old and new markets and seized Rs 15 lakh worth of tobacco products and banned eatable items imported from Myanmar.

The District Commissioner, Jacintha Lajarus, disposed the seized items at the complex of Chief Medical Officer office, Churachandpur later in the evening.

Jacintha said such type of drive will help to spread awareness to the general public. Even after we asked them not to buy and consume the banned items, they cannot understand the reasons behind the warnings and dishonest shopkeepers take advantages of their ignorance, she said.

She promised to make more personal effort as the items being sold are hazardous to human lives and appealed to the consumers to stop using the items and the sellers to discontinue selling them.

After the state’s health department banned a list of items under the Food Safety and Standard  Act 2006, contraband food items seized today were Rs 5 lakhs of Moreh imports and tobacco products items of Rs 10 lakhs.

The team of food safety officers was led by Th Sunilkumar, officer CCpur, along with Jinny,  officer Senapati, Khogen, Officer Ukhrul, Avilson, Officer Chandel,  N Debendro, Officer Thoubal, Sumita, Officer Bishnupur, Y Satyajeet, officer Imphal West and In-charge Imphal East.

The drive was carried out with the help of CCpur Police led by the SI Lutminthang Kipgen. The team raided the shops of the Churachandpur old market from CCpur Police station to Axis Bank of New Market.

Food safety Officer Churchandpur said in the sideline that this is a special drive conducted after this team has raid areas in the Imphal East and West district.

This drive will continue in other district in the future to ban the sale of junk food in the state. He added that the last date of the license issued was February 4,  2014. If anyone is found selling those items in the future without food safety license from street vendor up to manufacture factory, he or she will be arrested under section 59 and convicted for 6 months imprisonment, with fines upto Rs 5 lakh by the food safety appellant court constituted in every District DC office.

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