Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala Commissionerate of Food Safety (KCFS) has appointed special squads to crack down on the cake and wine manufacturing units growing across the state ahead of Christmas and the New Year.

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The KCFS has appointed 38 special squads to crack down on bakeries and shops selling various confectioneries including cakes and wines. Around 38 designated officers and 76 food safety officers have been deployed for the same.

The squads will focus on the quality of the confectioneries sold during Christmas and the New Year.

According to the food officials report, during Christmas and the New Year, temporary cake and wine shops come up across the state. The team will take stern action if the food safety guidelines are not followed by the shop owners.

The team will also collect fine and take legal action against violators, those who are using artificial colours in cakes and wines. 

Those having complaints can email to the KCFS at or contact the toll-free number, 1800 425 1125 or can directly contact food safety joint commissioner (enforcement) on 8943341130.

Last year, the food safety department collected fines of Rs 14 lakh. As many as 778 units were given notice and 19 were shut down.