Public cautioned against buying dark-coloured sweets

As part of its proactive pre-festival drives, the Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration has collected random samples of sweets being sold at sweet shops and had them tested for banned colours or adulterants. Though of the 25 tested samples so far, nothing untoward was detected, the director of FDA has cautioned people from buying any excessively dark coloured sweets. “The FDA had conducted a drive to check their quality. Officers have picked up 28 samples from sweet vendors at Panjim, Margao, Mapusa, Bicholim, Ponda, Vasco, Porvorim, Calangute, etc, and sent them for analysis,” FDA Director Salim Veljee said.

He has cautioned the public from buying excessively dark or oddly-coloured sweets.

“As an abundant precaution public is advised not to purchase dark coloured sweets which physically appear to have excessive colour and also to purchase only fresh sweets,” Veljee said.   

Every year, the FDA organises such drives especially during Ganesh and Diwali festivals and have in the past seized consignments of sweets with improper labelling and other violations. [H]