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Question raised on fitness of local made ice-creams
No equipments available for testing its hygienic aspects: JCILPS Students' Wing

Source: Hueiyen News Service

Imphal, July 26 2013 : With the ice-creams being sold by non-locals in the State reportedly found to be made in unhygienic conditions and no equipments available to test its hygienic aspects, it is feared that these products may be hazardous to human consumption.

Addressing media persons in this regard at the office of DESAM here today, M Angamba, Convener of Student's Wing of Joint Committee on Inner Line Permit System (JCILPS), informed that the volunteers of the Students Wing went to inspect some of the places in Imphal like BT Road, Rupmahal Tank and Masjid Road where ice -creams are made by non-locals.

During the course of the inspection, it was found that the places where the ice-creams are being made are unclean and unhygienic.

The utensils used in making the ice-creams are also found to be rusted and unfit to be used.

He further stated that when the samples of the ice-creams which were sold by non-Manipuris were collected from different parts of Imphal area and taken to the State Food Testing Laboratory, the officials of the laboratory refused to take the samples saying that there are no equipments to test ice-creams.

There were also only two staffs in the Medical Directorate, Lamphelpat, when the volunteers of the Students Wing approached.

The guidelines of the Food Safety and Standard Act are never being followed in the State and it is because of this that a number of non-Manipuris have rushed into the State and are producing and selling various food products at their own discretion.

Giving such opportunities them is also one of the main reasons for the increasing number of non-Manipuris in the State, Angamba asserted.

He further maintained that those non-Manipuris producing and selling ice-creams in the heart of Imphal city do not possess the valid license issued by the concerned authority.

As such, it is not known what ingredients are being used while making ice-cream and whether the ingredients used are fit for human consumption.

So, it is feared that these ice-creams may not be fit for human consumption at all.

Members of AMSU, DESAM, KSO, SUK, etc, were also present during the press conference.


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