Contraband tobacco seized in raids by Food Safety officials

Port Blair
14 Mar 2017

The Food Safety officials under the overall supervision of the Commissioner of Food Safety conducted surprise raids at various places in South Andaman District and recovered contraband tobacco products from shopkeepers as well as general public.
On March 2, PS Aberdeen intimated that one M.Balasubramian, resident of Kamaraj Nagar have been caught with five packets of zarda and  a big packet containing 2.5 kg of zarda from his possession and the food safety officials were informed and the same was seized from the possession of the accused. On March 4, one unclaimed packet of 15 kgs tobacco leaf was recovered from the air cargo of an airline and the same was seized by the food safety officials on duty at air cargo complex. Again on March 4, one Bikash Bala, resident of  Chouldari was caught selling prepared pan. The prepared pan was seized by the area Food Safety Officer. On March 7 the Dog Squad, SB, CID has intimated some suspicious packages arrived by air at Head Post Office, Port Blair and on inspection by the team of FSO and police officials found 40 tins of zarda of Ratna brand belonging to Shri. G.Shreedhar R/o Haddo.
In all the above seizures, the department is taking appropriate action under Food Safety & Standards Act’ 2006.  The general public as well as business communities have been requested not to involve in the trade of contraband tobacco products and if any information is available with them may be communicated to Mobile No. 9434280018 of Commissioner Food Safety or telephone No. 03192-231024(Food Safety Section) or District Control Room 1070 (Toll Free).