SRINAGAR: The market checking teams on Monday destroyed quintals of rotten food items available in the city market besides sealing a restaurant here.
The checking squad comprising officials of SMC, CAPD and Legal Metrology headed by Sub Divisional Magistrate Srinagar Syed Haneef Balkhi inspected various markets of Srinagar city including Hari Singh High Street, Karanagar, Soura, SMHS, Rainawari, Hazratbal, Nowhatta, Nowshera and other adjoining areas.
During the inspection, the squad inspected different Food establishments where 10 quintals of fruit and milk, large quantity of expired juice, 30 quintals of rotten vegetables were destroyed besides food-colours and dirty utensils were also destroyed on spot and a fine of Rs. 1 lakh was realised from the defaulters.
The Market Checking Squads also sealed one Restaurant namely (Naya Darbar Hotel) at Karanagar which was found in unhygienic condition and was adding harmful colors in food items.
During the drive, the vendors, hoteliers and bakery shop owners were directed to display rate lists issued by the competent authority and in case any ingredient is essential to be added in food items, certificate from competent authority/Department as per the standards laid down in food safety Act for adding the same shall be displayed.
Meanwhile, the Divisional Commissioner constituted four teams in four zones of the district which were led by respective Tehsildars and instruction have been passed for mobilization of additional teams for market checking to ensure quality of essential commodities and price control.