The owner of a sweet shop has been awarded six months rigorous imprisonment along with a fine of Rs 5,000 for violation of the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act,said an AMC release on Monday. A metropolitan magistrate court slapped an additional three months imprisonment in case the accused,Mihir Dhabalia,the owner of Bhavnagri Sweet Mart,is unable to pay the fine.
Back in July 2006,the AMC health department had collected laddoo samples from this shop,which happens to be a well-known shop in Bodakdev area. Lab analysis revealed that the samples did not conform with the set standard. This was one of the seven cases of food adulteration detected in the city over a span of several years.
The other convicts include Mansukh Govind Rajpara,owner of Shakti Dugdhalaya in Bapunagar,who has been sentenced to six months RI and a fine of Rs 1,000 slapped for adulteration in ghee,Laxman Khushiram Jemrani who owns Laxman Traders,Khokhra,for sub-standard sweet supari,with jail term of three months and Rs 1,000 toward fine,Sunilkumar Jain,owner of R B Food Products,Narol,was given three months simple imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine for misbranding of double refined free flow black salt,Kailsah Sharma of Arihant Dairy Parlour,Dudheshwar,to six months simple imprisonment and Rs 1,000 fine for adulteration in ghee,Nilesh Chandulal Shah of Mahavir Kirana Stores,Naroda to six months SI and Rs 1,000 fine for adulteration of groundnut oil,and Prakash Jain of Khushbu Provision Store,Nikol Road,to six months SI and fine of Rs 1,000 for adulteration of groundnut oil. Besides,the department also found sub-standard food products in eight cases from July to August 18 this year,the release said.