Minister of State for Food Processing Industries Rameswar Teli, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, said that 94,288 samples of processed food were analysed in 2018-19.
"Out of this 26,077 samples were found adulterated or misbranded," the minister was quoted as saying in an official statement.
He added that a total of Rs 32.8 crore was raised as penalties last year.
The minister also said the Commissioners of Food Safety of states/UTs are regularly conducting inspections, surveillance and enforcement drives through their officials in food processing units to ensure compliance with laid down standards.
"In cases where samples are found to be non-conforming to the provisions of Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006, and rules and regulations made thereunder, penal action has been initiated against the defaulting Food Business Operators (FBOs)...," the minister added. MJH ABM
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