FDA continue the Cashew Surveillance Drive

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In continuation to the cashew surveillance drive, Goa FDA team carried out Inspections of the Food business operators in various parts of Calangute Bardez Goa on 1st November 2022.

The vendors were inspected earlier and were informed to obtain the FSSAI license and were warned not to indulge in selling substandard cashew. However inspite of the warning, the following vendors were found operating without FSSAI license and were selling sub standard cashew.

1) M/S Goa Kaju house shop no. 4 Calangute Association Umta Vaddo, Calangute Goa were found operating without license or Registration Certificate sample was drawn and analysed on the FDA mobile testing van, wherein the report of the analyst stated that the cashewnuts were 25 percent infected. Unlicenced notice was issued under section 31, and FBO was directed to stop the sale of cashewnuts and his balance stock was destroyed.

2) M/S Balaji Traders of one Avinash engaged in retail kaju sale shop no 199 Calangute Goa was operating without license hence Unlicenced notice under section 31 was once again issued to the FBO. Besides statutory formal sample was drawn from bulk package and cashewnuts of approx 748 kg quantity were seized and kept with the FBO for further investigation by the FDA team. Six different brands packaging labels were also found and seized. Shop was directed to stop.

3) Besides this FDA team visited M/S Sai Kaju depo shop no. 1 Candolim Bardez Goa, dealing in retail sale of Cashews without valid licence. Unlicenced notice was served to the FDA and was directed to stop retail sale of cashewnuts.

4. Inspected another unit of MS Balaji Traders Wholesale Kaju Depo T 3-11 Khobrawaddo, Calangute Bardez Goa dealing in retail sale of cashewnuts and dry fruits without valid licence. Unlicenced notice was issued to the FBO and directed to stop the activity of sale of cashewnuts.

The FDA team then carried out inspection under COTPA for checking pack warning under sec 7 of COTPA on Cigarettes, Ms the Hookah shop no. 3 at Calangute and Ms Vape shop no. 20 near calangute circle Bardez goa were inspected and the FDA team detained from both the shops tobacco products violating section 7 of the COTPA act 2003 and goods worth Rs. 29,580 and Rs. 54,890 respectively were detained.

Total cashewnuts of approx 748 kgs of worth Rs. 8.60 lakhs were seized and tobacco products worth Rs. 84,470 were seized by the FDA team.

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