Food inspectors take samples of seized rice


Food inspectors from the Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (DFDA) on Tuesday took samples of the rice that was seized after Ponda Police and Civil Supplies Department reportedly busted a rice black-marketing racket in November 2012.
“We are here to take samples from the material (rice) seized and it will examined in the laboratory to check whether the rice is fit for consumption,” said DFDA Food Inspector Rajaram Patil.
“Our office received order letter from the North Goa Collector’s office to inspect the rice and the report will be submitted to the North Goa Collector within three days,” informed Patil.
It may be recalled that 530 bags each weighing 50 kgs were seized during the raid. Ponda Police had attached a truck that had most of the rice bags and had also sealed godown from where the rice bags were loaded in the truck.
Three persons have been arrested in this connection so far. Since the seized material was perishable, DySP Dinraj Govenkar requested the North Goa Collector to take possession of the material.
The rice samples were taken from the truck and godown in the presence of Ponda Police and officials from the Ponda Civil Supplies. [H]