- The survey was conducted over a one-month period (November-December
- The sampled products mostly included imported biscuits, dried fruits, nuts and other snacks
Regarding food safety check, a survey conducted by a group of MSW (Master of Social Work) research trainees of North East Institute of Social Sciences and Research (NEISSR), Dimapur has revealed an apparent lack of food safety checks in Dimapur. The survey was conducted over a one-month period (November-December) collecting packaged foodstuff from malls and grocery stores as random sampling units.
As per reports, more than 50 percent of the malls/stores from which the samples were collected were found to be selling packaged foodstuff with manufacturing and expiry dates either tampered or ‘best before’/manufacturing/expiry date labels superimposed over previous date markings presumed to be the original print. The sample collection method was through purchase.
The sampled products mostly included imported biscuits, dried fruits, nuts and other snacks as well as Indian made products. Around 15 malls and grocery stores within the Dimapur Municipal area were selected for the survey in no pre-determined order, the research trainees said. It was found that items being sold had the labels tampered and changed with new labels, the reports added.
The research objective was to find out whether food safety guidelines as regards tampering of manufacturing and expiry dates were being followed or not and also to generate consumer awareness.