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FDA shuts down 16 stalls at Colva Fama fair

Margao: Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) officials conducted inspections and shut down 16 stalls at the Colva Fama fair after they were found to be violating safety measures.

The officials, who acted on the complaint filed by the Colva Civic and Consumers Forum secretary Judith Almeida, said they conducted inspection of all the stalls at the fair.

“We were responding to a complaint that was filed, and we found that many were functioning without the required licences. We therefore shut down 16 stalls that did not have the required documents and issued notices to several others,” said FDA official Rajaram Patil, who was a part of the team that conducted the inspections on Wednesday.

Almeida said the complaint was registered with the FDA after some locals told her of violations and that a child had fallen ill after eating at one of the stalls. “Many locals came and complained about some stalls. Domestic water was being used for commercial purposes, same with LPG cylinders. A child had also suffered from diarrhea after eating something from one of the stalls. I had complained to the FDA and the officials came and inspected the stalls,” said Almeida.

The FDA officials called on the Colva police along with Almeida after issuing notices and shutting down 16 stalls. The local police were also asked to ensure the stalls that were shut remained closed. [NT]

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