The Food and Drug Administration has taken serious note of the sting operation carried out by the Mumbai Live team a few days ago on the illegal sale of gutkha right outside the Mantralaya.
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Banned Pan Masala, Gutkha Brazenly Sold Outside Mantralaya!
A total of 12 stalls in the Mantralaya area which had been selling gutkha and pan masala sachets have been raided by the city unit of the FDA in the last two days. A large cache of Vimal pan masala, Rajnigandha, Miraj gutkha, Sagar Gutkha sachets were recovered from one vendor in the area, sources said. Action has been initiated against the vendor under the Food Safety Standards Act 2006.
A team comprising an assistant commissioner and five food officers from the FDA was involved in the raids.
FDA joint commissioner (food, Mumbai) Suresh Annapure told Mumbai Live that the team found sachets of pan masala and gutkha at one vendor from among the 12 raided.
Food and drug supplies minister Girish Bapat had assured Mumbai Live on Tuesday that a flying squad from the FDA would initiate action against offending vendors.
The Mumbai Live sting appears to have borne effect.