Budgam court imposes Rs 9 lakh penalty on Khyber over unsafe milk 

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Budgam, April 4: A court here today found Khyber Agro Farms Pvt ltd guilty of selling unsafe milk to people in Valley and has imposed a fine Rs 9 lakhs besides awarding six months imprisonment to its nominated person, Mohammad Shafi Ganie of Ganderbal.

The court—judicial magistrate Budgam Imtiaz Ahmad Lone—passed the judgment on a complaint filed by food safety officer Zeenat Ayoub. The FSO had filed the complaint following inspection tour to main market Budgam where in a number of Food Business Establishments (FBE) including the FBE of Ghulam Ali Khan proprietor M/S Yaseem Provisional Store  were inspected.

The FSO   had obtained samples of Khyber tonned milk under section 38 and 47 of FSS, act 2006. After examining the food articles, the FSO  had physically served a notice to the accused persons.

The samples were sent to Referral Laboratory Kolkatta that revealed that the sample of toned milk Khyber Brand is sub-standard, un-safe and misbranded. During investigation the proprietor maintained that he had purchased the said milk from M/S Khyber Agro Farms Pvt Ltd, Processors and Packers of Khyber Toned Milk.

“This is not first case where it has come to the surface that the milk product manufactured by the accused company contains detergent, urea and other dangerous chemicals not only in milk but other edible products and in this behalf prosecution has been launched against the accused company and others,” the court, according to news agency GNS said, holding M/S Khyber Agro Farms Pvt Ltd Village Ladhoo Lethpora Tehsil Pampore Pulwama guilty. Accordingly, the court convicted the company through its Incharge Operations (nominated person) Muhammad Shafi Ganaie under sections 51,52,and 59 of FSSA 2006  and imposed a penalty of Rs 9 lakhs for sub-standard food, mis-branded item and un-safe food and six months imprisonment to Ganie.

“The Commissioner Food and Safety Act is hereby directed to collect the samples of all milk products, oil, ghee and other edible products available in the market in the-name of the convicted company and other companies and shall send it referral Laboratory Kolkata for opinion and action as warranted under law be initiated against the company whose product if declared unsafe, mis-branded and sub-standard or otherwise harmful for consumption,” the court added. (GNS)