Food safety team raids PG, hostels in Madhapur, finds infested food

Food items such as rice and dals were being stored alongside mattresses, which is against standard food safety protocols

By Anoushka Caroline Williams  Published on  17 Jun 2024 10:49 AM GMT
Food safety team raids PG, hostels in Madhapur, finds infested food

Hyderabad: A series of inspections conducted by the Food Safety team in the Madhapur area on Monday revealed several violations in local PGs and hostels. The team’s findings have raised concerns about the quality and safety of food served to residents.

Sri Lakshmi PG Hostel in Kavuri Hills was found to be operating without the necessary Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) license. This fundamental violation signifies a lack of regulatory oversight in the hostel’s food operations.

Infestation and hygiene issues

During the inspection, the team discovered that vegetables, specifically cauliflower and lady finger (Okra), were infested with pests. Additionally, the dosa pan used in the kitchen was found to be rusted, posing a risk of contamination. The work area itself was observed to be unhygienic, further compromising food safety.

Improper storage practices

The inspection highlighted improper storage practices within the hostel. Food items such as rice and dals were being stored alongside mattresses, which is against standard food safety protocols.

Spot tests conducted on water and tomato sauce using the Food Safety on Wheels vehicle indicated that the parameters were within acceptable ranges. However, due to suspicions of adulteration, samples of loose chilli powder and Bengal gram were taken for further testing.

A representative from the Food Safety team commented on the findings: “Operating without an FSSAI license and maintaining unhygienic conditions are serious violations. We have taken samples for further analysis and will ensure necessary actions are taken to address these issues.”

Failure to comply with food safety regulations and directives issued by a Food Safety Officer will result in a fine of Rs 2 lakhs for any food business operator unless a reasonable justification for non-compliance is provided.

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