Shillong, Aug 5: East Jaintia Hills district administration has asked all ice cream peddlers to stop selling ice cream till it is confirmed that their products are not contaminated with Covid-19 virus.
This order comes after it was brought to the notice of East Jaintia Hills Deputy Commissioner, E Kharmalki that children are developing fever after consuming ice cream sold by ice cream peddlers on the roadside.
The district administration has also collected samples from the ice cream peddlers to ensure that the ice cream they are selling is not contaminated with COVID-19 virus.
In an order issued on August 2, Kharmalki said, “In order to ensure that the ice cream is not contaminated with COVID-19 virus, the Food & Safety Officer, Khliehriat is hereby deputed to collect samples from the Ice cream peddler randomly in Ladrymbai, Khliehriat areas immediately.”
The Deputy Commissioner has restrained all ice cream peddlers in the district from selling ice cream till confirmation reports are not received from the authorized testing laboratory.
Mentionably, in April 2020, Government of India had cited World Health Organization (WHO) to clarify that there is no scientific evidence to support the claim that Covid-19 spreads through ice-cream.