POKHARA, Dec 29: In a recent market monitoring, district administration of Syangja has found that there has been serious contamination in drinking water and adulteration in mustard oil, gold, and silver.
A monitoring team from the district administration found harmful chemicals in drinking water and edible mustard oil, and copper in gold and silver ornaments.
Coliform bacteria, which is responsible for cholera, was found in samples of bottled drinking water collected from the market.
Dikesh Mineral Water Industry was sealed after the sample test by the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, according to Chief District Officer Ram Bahadur Kurumbang.
The district administration has prohibited buying and selling of water from that company. Operator of company Devendra Shrestha was arrested on Friday.
Likewise, Gandaki Oil Mill of Pokhara, producer of Koseli and Sadhana brands of mustard oil, was sealed for sending sub-standard products in the market.
After the request of Syangja district administration, Kaski district administration sealed the factory. Ramesh KC, Chief District Officer of Kaski, said that the factory was sealed following a test report from the department that showed the oil was not edible.
“We may have to recall all the oil sent by the company into the market," he added. “There will be reexamination regarding quality of oil. We will also monitor the market on our own. Products that harm human health cannot be sent into the market.”
Likewise, during market monitoring, three silver and gold shops at Putalibazar in Syangja were found to be selling gold and silver ornaments that contained large quantities of copper. The samples were tested by Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology in Kathmandu.