FDA cracks down on 27 city restau­rants

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - SWAPNIL MISHRA

The Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA) on Sun­day crackded down against 27 restau­rants in Mum­bai for not main­tain­ing qual­ity of food and hy­giene. This comes af­ter FDA of­fi­cial re­ceived sev­eral com­plaints re­gard­ing bad qual­ity of food been served in some of the restau­rants due to which they sus­pended their li­censes and is­sued show cause no­tices to its own­ers. The restau­rants which were raided are lo­cated in dif­fer­ent parts of city which in­cludes And­heri, Saat-Rasta (Ma­ha­laxmi), Go­vandi, Bori­vali and Malad. “The raids on these 27 ho­tels were con­ducted af­ter a tip off and it was learnt all the restau­rants were vi­o­lat­ing the ba­sic food and safety hy­giene guide­lines for which strict ac­tion was ini­ated,” said FDA of­fi­cial. He fur­ther said dur­ing rou­tine in­spec­tions they had warned the res­tau­rant own­ers to main­tain and im­prove food safety stan­dards. “De­spite warn­ing them the own­ers did not im­prove food qual­ity and hence ac­tion was taken based on com­plaints we re­ceived,” said of­fi­cial. Shailesh Ad­hav, Joint Com­mis­sioner FDA (Food) said they have sus­pended the res­tau­rant li­cences for vi­o­lat­ing the guide­lines which has been reg­u­lated for food prepa­ra­tion. “Ear­lier also we had is­sued the no­tices, but they failed to im­prove the qual­ity. But when we raided their restau­rants and tested the food, we re­alised that the restau­rants had not paid heed to our ear­lier warn­ings,” said Ad­hav. He fur­ther said they are also in­spect­ing other restau­rants in the city to en­sure the food qual­ity is main­tained.

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