Nagpur: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Nagpur, on Wednesday carried out spot checks at eight prominent ice cream parlors across the city, taking samples to check for contents that may pose health risks. The FDA has also instructed parlor owners to store and sell frozen desserts separately from ice cream.
As the city’s temperature regularly rises above 44 degrees Celsius, the FDA has begun cracking down on outlets where footsteps of the masses are likely to multiply to beat the heat.
FDA Deputy Commissioner Abhay Deshpande, working under co-commissioner Suresh Annapure, said the department is vigilant in protecting the masses from the adverse effects of unsafe and substandard food, especially with the temperature above normal. “Frozen desserts are allowed to have vegetable fats as one of their contents, but not ice cream. In the preparation of ice cream, only milk fats are allowed,” he said, adding that the fat percentage in frozen desserts is lower.
“Every ice cream and frozen dessert must have the appropriate labels from manufacturers and retailers. Labels should also identify ice cream from frozen desserts,” the assistant commissioner said.
Deshpande also added that six samples of edible ice cream and juices were collected from different locations in the city after footfall at these outlets increased.
The FDA also called on citizens to take precautions against the health risks of ice cream, frozen golas, kulfis, faloodas, lassi, frozen foods, juices and similar products whose demands increase in the summer. .
Renowned pediatrician Dr. Sunil Mogre said he treated cases of pharyngitis, tonsillitis and diarrhea in children of different ages who have a history of ice cream consumption. “Communicable diseases can be spread through ice cream if manufacturers, distributors and retailers compromise on hygiene. Children are most vulnerable,” Dr Mogre said, adding that artificial colors and flavors are toxic to children if not FDA approved.
Dr. Ashwini Tayade, an infectious disease specialist, and Dr. Nitin Shinde have also warned the masses against unsupervised consumption of ice cream if it is not prepared, distributed and sold with proper hygiene and care.
Dr Tayade said she has witnessed part of the population suffering from typhoid during this season, in addition to being affected by other gastro-related complications.
Dr. Shinde emphasized caution regarding the consumption of ice cream during pregnancy. “Ice cream is a high-calorie food that can lead to complications such as obesity and insulin resistance if eaten too much,” he said.