In a circular issued earlier last week, the department has asked all the joint mamlatdars to procure food safety licence from FDA by November 30, 2013. (Agencies)
The department has 13 godowns across 12 talukas. Director of Civil Supplies Vikas Gaunekar has asked the joint mamlatdars to keep a watch and check the quality of grains received and stored in godown to avoid any damage or insect infestation.
"The joint mamlatdars should also inform the fair price shops to check quality of grains before lifting it from godown and store it in proper condition," the circular adds.
The Civil Supplies department swung into action after FDA results on the samples of wheat and rice had pointed out that one of the wheat samples was infested.
FDA had drawn samples from Food Corporation of India (FCI) civil supplies godowns and fair price shops spread across cities of Panaji, Margao, Vasco, Ponda and Mapusa.
The infested sample was collected from a fair price shop in Panaji.
The Civil Supplies department has also asked for monthly report from joint mamlatdars about the damaged, inferior or infested grains found in godowns.
FDA Director Salim Veljee said that the department is further examining how the wheat sample was insect infested.
"When sample was drawn it appeared to be of good quality. It took almost 8-10 days by the time it was tested. We are investigating the matter to know the source of insect infestation," he added.
In a circular issued earlier last week, the department has asked all the joint mamlatdars to procure food safety licence from FDA by November 30, 2013.