Nepal government has not taken any actions against the sweet shops that were found manufacturing and selling sweets in the most unhygienic manner by using fungi-infected and adulterated raw materials.
On the 1st of November 2013, a government inspection team headed by Ms. Jiwan Prabha Lama, the Director-General of the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control, raided 20 sampled sweet shops in different areas in Kathmandu and found the horrible activities, also widely reported by national and international mass media.
It is extremely surprising that Ms. Lama has ironically informed media that actions might be taken against them after several weeks if the government wants to. None has yet been arrested while the raids were made.
Although Nepal’s consumer laws and regulations clearly allow the government to take any strict legal actions against those deliberately involved in substandard business against public health, ill-governance, brokership and all-pervasive corruption remain the chief barriers to bringing illegal forces to book.
In October this year, the government had raided 11 sweet shops and found similar problems, which were disseminated by Nepal’s national media. The inspectors briefed the shop owners about quality food and public health without filing any cases though they had anti-public health evidences at hand.