Several posh hotels violate norms: FDA
Kolhapur: The surprise checks conducted by the Food and Drugs Administration officials at many luxury hotels and eateries have found several violations related to hygiene, use of sub-standard material and in some cases, packaged food being served after the expiry date.
One eatery on old Pune-Bangalore road was found using palm oil for cooking. SM Deshmukh, assistant commissioner, FDA, Kolhapur said, "Besides using palm oil for making food, they were also continuously reheating it, which is dangerous to health."
All the charges are finalised after the inspection report was shown to the officials present at the food outlets and hotels and after their confirmation.
A copy of the notice is being served on the outlets and hotels.
A notice issued on January 7 reads that a fastfood outlet had not displayed the board declaring what type of oil is being used for cooking. It was violation of the very first condition of licence under the Food Security and Standards Act 2006.
Continuous heating and reheating of oil leads to formation of trans-fatty acids, which is dangerous to health.
This is also in violation of the Schedule 4 of part 5 of regulation II-3 (j) of the Food Security and Standards Act 2006, the notice states. A copy of the notice is with the TOI.
In case of a multinational outlet that boasts about its high standards of hygiene and cleanliness, the report says that it has not kept the document certifying that the packing material used by them is of food grade quality. Hence, there are doubts about the quality of the packing material.
The food serving trays were kept near cleaning and sanitary equipment; edible and non-edible items were stored very close to each other in the store rooms.
As per the Act, there has to be sufficient distance between such items. The dust bins in the kitchen had no cover, while raw food items like tomatoes were kept in the open at the entrance of the kitchen.
The notice was served on the food outlet on January 7 and it was given 21 days to respond.
The notice also states that the outlets and hotels have to comply with the recommendations and submit a report accordingly.
If any party fails to do so, it may lose its licence, Deshmukh said.
A former mayor who owns the property of one of the hotels under scrutiny confirmed that his hotel has received a notice from the FDA. He said, "I owned the property but it is being managed by another group. The issues raised are minor such as cleanliness and covering some items properly. We will comply with it and submit the report."