Govt imposes penalty on five food outlets
SRINAGAR: The state government has imposed a heavy penalty on five eateries in Srinagar including a canteen at Children Hospital for serving adulterated and dirty food items to customers.
According to officials, the fine was imposed by the court of adjudicating officer on five food business operators and milk vendors for selling and processing food items in unsanitary conditions.
“The additional deputy commissioner, Vikas Kundal, has imposed a fine of Rs 55,000 on five Food Business Operators including a canteen at GB Pant Hospital for selling and processing food items in unsanitary conditions,” they said.
Official sources told Kashmir Reader that the restaurants which were found unsanitary include famous restaurants Mughal Darbar, Residency Road and Mughal Darbar, Karan Nagar besides some mobile milk vendors.
“The operators were levied with a fine of Rs 10,000 each for selling and manufacturing food in dirty condition,” they said.
“The food safety wing of Drugs and Food Control organisation District Srinagar also presented seventeen more cases before the competent court for adjudication,” sources said.
Assistant Commissioner Food Safety, Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad Mir has warned food business operators particularly chicken sellers, butchers and bakers to conduct their business as per the sanitary and hygienic requirements of Food Safety and Standards Act.
“We are launching a drive against the violators of Food Safety and Standard Act. The food operators should take the rules seriously otherwise strict action under shall be initiated against them,” he said.
In May this year, the Food Safety Department has also imposed a heavy penalty of Rs 2.1 lakh on ten food operators for selling and manufacturing adulterated and substandard products to consumers.
Highest penalty of Rs 80,000 was levied on the manufacturers of Snow Cap milk, a popular milk brand in J&K run by a government-supported cooperative, Jammu and Kashmir Milk Producers Cooperative Limited (JKMPCL) situated at Cheshma Shahi.
In July, the department had prosecution 35 businesses operators for selling and manufacturing sub-standard and adulterated food products.
The action was taken against various food outlets for gross violation of Food Safety and Standard Act as they were caught selling low quality and substandard foods, as per officials.
Following the fresh revelations, the Food Safety Department has started the fresh crackdown on food establishments including manufacturers for running their units illegally.
Officials told Kashmir Reader that the food business operators were also warned to desist from the malpractice of Food Adulteration.
“Stern action under Food Safety and Standards Act shall be initiated against those who sell adulterated and counterfeit food products,” said the Assistant Commissioner.