Sale of chicken, imported fish at ‘open’ stalls stopped

Sale of chicken, imported fish at ‘open’ stalls stopped

SRINAGAR: The Drug and Food Control Organisation has asked vendors to immediately stop selling fish and chicken at open stalls, while giving them a week’s time to built proper storage and sanitation facilities.
The organisation also sealed a shop in Bemina on Tuesday after a few customers complained that the owner had been selling unwholesome chicken legs.
Assistant food commissioner Hilal Ahmed Mir told Kashmir Reader that people have been complaining about the quality of fish and chicken sold at a number of shops that have mushroomed across the city during the past two years.
“We met the dealers and asked them to install proper temperature controlled display units at their outlets and desist from selling chicken and fish. We cannot allow sale of such products if they are exposed to sunlight and pollutants,” he said.
After similar complaints, the organisation had banned the sale of imported fish and chicken kababs. Mir said that any facility selling these products uncovered will be closed down.
The department has also made it mandatory for all Food Business Operators (FBO), including vendors, to obtain license for running their businesses.
He added that the organisation has collaborated with Khidmat Centers across the state to ease the process of registration and licensing as per the guidelines of Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI).
Any food manufacturer, whole seller, distributor, an eatery owner can approach these centre for online registration from next month.