After statewide raids initiated by the Commissioner of Food Safety in Thiruvananthapuram, licences of nine food distribution centres have been suspended. Raids were conducted in 1,092 centres by special squads last week.
The food safety officials found major violations of Food Safety Act in terms of cleanliness and licence standards in these centres. The licence of Thampy’s Bakery in Peroorkada, Rosai Take Away at Kowdiar, Arin Bakery at Udayamperoor, Al-Madeena Restaurant at Sreekariyam, Gangothri Purified Water at Payyannur, a thattukada at Petah, Ganesh Cafeteria at Aristo Junction, Annu Icecream at Karassery and Nelo Icecream at Mukkam were suspended in the raid.
In addition, 324 centres were served improvement notices and an amount of Rs 7,00,500 was collected as fine.
The Commissioner of Food Safety found that these centres were functioning in unhygienic conditions with improper food storage facilities. It was alos spotted that a few centres were storing stale milk which was used ti make drinks like Sharjah. Minor violations such as not maintaining personal hygiene and not wearing the cap or apron were also found.