Aug. 10: A penalty of Rs 1 lakh has been imposed on Mother Dairy Fruits and Vegetables Private Limited in connection with seizure of “substandard” mustard oil (Dhara) from its city godown last year.
A copy of the order, passed by adjudicating officer and additional deputy commissioner of Kamrup (metro) F. Ahmed on Wednesday, was made available to The Telegraph today.
Ahmed also directed the food safety department of Kamrup (metro) to ensure the stock of seized oil was used for purposes other than for human consumption.
Giving details of the case, an official source said the food safety officer of Kamrup (metro) Samiran Baruah, had collected two samples of mustard oil from the godown of Mother Diary Fruits and Vegetables Private Limited for analysis in September last year.
The samples were subsequently sent for laboratory tests, after which the food analyst in his report said the samples contained sesame oil in contravention of the requirement as laid down in Food Safety Standards (FSA) regulations.
The samples were also sent to Central Food Laboratory in Calcutta, which also confirmed the samples did not conform to the official standards.
Based on the test reports, Baruah registered a case against the company under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and seized 780 cases, each containing 12 litres of mustard oil from the godown at Paschim Baragaon in October last year.
The court of the chief judicial magistrate, Kamrup, sentenced Dhanpat Singh Kothari — proprietor of GD Traders at Fancy Bazar to six months rigorous imprisonment, for allegedly selling adulterated moong dal and imposed a fine of Rs 2,000.
The order was passed on August 4 in connection with seizure of adulterated pulses from the GD Traders shop in 2008.
A two-day national conference, Manthan: the chanting, organised by the city branch of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), started on Friday at Pragjyoti ITA Centre at Machkhowa.
The participants will discuss the recent changes occurring in the field of direct and indirect taxes, corporate financial reporting and the role ICAI can play in the economic development of the country.
About 750 chartered accountants, students and experts from different parts of the country are participating.