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Expired food items and overpriced cold drinks seized in extensive raids


By TC News Desk

Agartala, 4th May 2024: In a significant crackdown on food safety violations, the enforcement team of the Sadar Sub-Divisional Administration conducted extensive raids across various markets in Agartala, uncovering a trove of expired consumables and overcharging practices. The operation, which spanned from Badharghat to Amtali and the vicinity of Tripura University (Central took place on Saturday afternoon leading to the seizure of expired biscuits, chips, cakes, and cold drinks.

The enforcement team’s vigilance also brought to light an illicit overcharge on cold drinks, with vendors adding a “fizzing charge” of Rs. 5 above the listed price. This recovery adds to the growing concerns over consumer rights violations in the area.

In a parallel effort, the team recovered illegally stored cooking gas cylinders from a fast food restaurant and a hotel. Food Controller Pradeep Kumar emphasized the administration’s commitment to maintaining food quality standards, stating that the raids were a necessary measure to ensure public health and safety.

Officials from the Food Department led the operation, targeting shops in front of Tripura University and Amtali Bazar. Several expired food items, including bread packets and cold drink bottles, were confiscated. A particular focus was placed on a shop known as Two Cake Shop, where conditions of uncleanliness were rampant.

The enforcement personnel have expressed that such expired food items are consistently being discovered in their ongoing market inspections, including those within Agartala city.

Following the day’s events, food department officials announced plans to submit a comprehensive report to the Sadar Sub-Divisional Magistrate, detailing the violations and recommending actions against the shop owners implicated in the raids. The Chief Commissioner is expected to respond with appropriate legal measures.

The officials have also declared that routine inspections will continue under the jurisdiction of the Sadar Sub-Division, signaling a sustained effort to uphold food safety regulations and protect consumer interests in the region.

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