Thiruvananthapuram: A CAG audit report presented in the assembly session on Tuesday pointed out that unsafe and inferior quality 'Amrutham Nutrimix' was distributed through Anganwadis in the state.
The product was distributed to Anganwadis by the Kerala Social Justice Department under the THRS project. Amrutham Nutrimix, produced by Kudumbshree, aims to provide a health supplement for kids and pregnant ladies to fulfil their nutritional status.
However, an inspection revealed that 3,556.50 kilogram of Amrutham Nutrimix distributed in the state was of inferior quality. The report alleged that the state failed to recall these products despite finding them dangerous. Further, there was a delay in collecting samples from manufacturing units.
Apart from Amrutham Nutrimix, 444 kilograms of Bengal beans were also found to be of inferior quantity.
The laboratories notified by the Food Safety Authority of India in the state are not fully equipped to test the components for food safety. Further, many of these laboratories are yet to receive the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation.