Food Safety Department officials conducted raids at sweet-making units and sweet shops in the state ahead of Deepavali festival.
M Somasundaram, Designated Officer, Food Safety, said that the revelation during the recent raids was the network of suppliers and manufacturing units that sell and use broken or spoilt eggs.
“Yesterday, we raided a bakery products and snacks manufacturing unit on Melakkal main road in Kochadai. We found hundreds of trays of foul-smelling broken eggs,” he said.
According to an order, “All designated officers are directed to issue an order to FSOs concerned to carry out a special drive in the jurisdictional area of their districts for lifting of samples of khoya, sweets made from khoya, other milk products..”
Meanwhile, Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) officials carried out a surprise raid at the sub-registrar office at Chengalpattu. During the raid, the officials seized Rs 2.87 lakh.
DVAC Officials indicated that the raids were aimed at exposing Deepavali bribes. The official added that many officials have been busy collecting their ‘Deepavali special’ gifts.
A brake inspector at the Coimbatore (Central) Regional Transport Office (RTO) reportedly died of heart attack after being interrogated by officials from the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti Corruption (DVAC) at his office on Thursday evening.
The DVAC officials seized close to Rs 1,04,718 in unaccounted cash from the RTO premises, of which Rs 75,510 was allegedly seized from the brake inspector’s office.