SRINAGAR: Food Safety Department on Monday destroyed around two quintals of stale fish from vendors in Srinagar and sealed one fish shop in Maharaja Bazar for violating food safety norms.
Assistant Food Commissioner, Hilal Ahmed Mir said in a statement issued here that a team of Food Safety Officers headed by him inspected Batamaloo, Hari Singh High Street and Maharaja Bazar areas of Srinagar city.
“During the inspection, some of the fish vendors especially, female vendorsl, were seen in possession of stale fish which was unfit for human consumption. All such fish weighing about 2 quintals were destroyed on spot.”
“All the fish vendors were warned that they should sell fresh fish only otherwise stern action under Food Safety and Standards Act shall be initiated against them,” he added.
According to Mir, a fish shop in Maharaja Bazar (Kaloo Fish Shop) was sealed on the ground that he had not put in place the requisite cold chain and that the shop was in dilapidated condition.
“The fish/chicken importers/sellers had been previously directed to maintain cold-chain mandatory for import/sale of fish and chicken, the last date for compliance was March 15, 2018.”
Mir said that any food business operator found selling such food items without requisite infrastructure including the cold chain shall be dealt as per the provisions of the Food Safety and Standards Act.
He also asked people to contact on phone numbers 0194-2495191, 0194-2490095, in case of any complaints.