BH CORRESPONDENT, Chandigarh: The Haryana food and drug administration department on Thursday ordered a ban on sale and use of chewing and bubble gum in the state till June 30, reported Hindustan Times. The precautionary measure comes amidst fear that the the virus is present in saliva and spitting of chewing gum could spread the COVID-19.
Amandeep Chauhan, an officer in the district’s food and drugs control department, said, “It is a precautionary step to avoid transmission of coronavirus by a symptomatic patient through any of these items. People have the habit of spitting in front of others, which has to be avoided. To keep the situation under control at least for some time, the prohibition has been imposed.”
The order in this direction was issued by the Haryana food and drug administration department on Wednesday.
The decision has been taken under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The department has also said that the ban will be extended on gutka and pan masala for a year. Last year, the state had imposed a ban on the sale and distribution of tobacco products.
Last week, the Uttar Pradesh government announced to ban the sale, production and distribution of pan masala in the state until further orders. The move, it said, is aimed at reducing the risk of the coronavirus spread which has been found to be active in saliva.