Panel to supervise quality of jaggery, its by-products

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Madurai: State government informed the Madras High Court on Thursday that a state-level committee to monitor the quality of jaggery and its by-products was formed. The aim of the committee is to keep a check on the adulteration.

According to the news report published in Thehindu.com, the government informed the Divisional Bench of Justice T.S. Sivagnanam and S Ananthi that the committee would look into the adulteration in jaggery and its by-products, adherence to the FSSAI standards and to formulate SOP for jaggery.

The Commissioner of Food Safety would be heading the 11-member committee. It would meet and inspect jaggery and its by-products available in the market said the government.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation petition regarding adulteration of jaggery.

The court adjourned the case till June 21 and asked the committee member to be present during the next hearing to assist the court.

The petitioner, G.T. Chandrasekaran of Thoothukudi district, the president of Palm Jaggery and Palm Candy Producers Association, sought a direction to the State government to check the adulteration of palm jaggery and palm candy and take necessary action.

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