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Probe into sale of contaminated food at World Cup venue
STAFF REPORTER
 GUWAHATI, Oct 12 - The Kamrup (Metro) district administration has ordered a magisterial enquiry into an alleged incident of contaminated food items being sold to spectators during the ongoing FIFA U-17 matches being held at the Sarusajai Stadium here.Following the order for the enquiry issued by Kamrup (Metro) Deputy Commissioner Dr M Angamuthu this morning, a team of officials led by Ranjit Konwar, Circle Officer of Dispur, Pankaj Bora, Assistant Commissioner, TC Das, Senior Food Safety Officer, and M Bhuyan, Food Safety Officer, conducted an investigation later in the day.

“During the enquiry, it was found that a New Delhi-based firm named Standard Sweets and Caterers was awarded the contract for selling snacks during match time in the World Cup venue. The firm has sublet the contract to one Rahul Kumar, resident of Thakur Pukur, Kolkata. Rahul Kumar has further sublet it to one Bipul Saha, resident of Barasat, Kolkata. Bipul Saha engaged one Mani Mohan Biswas, also resident of Kolkata, for manufacturing, packaging and selling of popcorn in the FIFA match venue,” said an official statement.

It added that the enquiry team visited the packaging facility set up at a rented house located at Kalimandir Path near the Guwahati Hockey Stadium.

“The enquiry team collected samples of all food materials for further analysis and also sealed the packaging facility for non-compliance with food safety norms. Further action will be taken based on the food analysis report,” the statement added.

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