Hyderabad: Ratnadeep Supermarket, located at Botanical Garden Road, faced a customer’s ire when he spotted two rats feeding on tomatoes. This happened when Pavan Kishore Bavrisetti visited the outlet on December 30 to buy fruits. He was shocked to notice two rats feasting on tomatoes in the rack.

“I was bewildered and soon clicked a picture and a video of the same. I informed the staff and one of them shooed the rats away, Even more, ridiculous was that the tomatoes that they were feeding upon were not replaced, at least for as long I was there,” says Pavan.

A regular visitor to the store, Pavan added “I have decided that I will never go back to that supermarket. In fact, I have stopped buying from there.”

Pavan unaware on how to go ahead with the issue, posted the evidences on twitter, but he didn’t get any response.

Vijay Gopal an anti-corruption activist, while speaking with NewsMeter said, “One can complain about such issues calling GHMC Helpline Number-040 2111 1111. The GHMC food safety authorities will then take action and the errant company will be fined. The consumer cannot take such cases to the consumer court as he has not directly bought the product and this case is about maintaining hygiene in the shops and is not exactly a consumer issue.”

Ratnadeep officials have not responded to NewsMeter yet.

On December 31, activist Akshay Kumar, from Hyderabad, found insects in a Nestle’s, Maggi Packet. As he had bought the packet he was able to register a complaint with the Telangana Consumer Forum. “The dates printed in the packet clearly shows that the product will expire in March 2020, but still we found insects in it, though we opened it on December 3,” said Akshay.

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

3 comments on "Rats found feeding on tomatoes in Ratnadeep market"

  • I had very bad experience at east marredpally outlet of ratnadeep. On a shelf the hybrid and desi tomatoes were kept separately divided by a divider and with different placards. I took the cheaper ones but I was charged at the higher rate. When I raised the issue with the manager, Mr Ravi, he started shouting at me and humiliating me. Despite many complaints ratnadeep refuses to respond.

  • East marredpally outlet of ratnadeep misled customer like me. They kept hybrid and desi tomatoes separated by a divider and announcing different prices with different placards. I took the cheaper ones but I was charged at the higher rate. When I pointed this out to the manager Mr Ravi, he started shouting at me and humiliated me in front of everybody.

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