Why This KFC Outlet in Navi Mumbai Has Been Shut Down
The Konkan Region Food Drugs and Administration (FDA) recently shut down the operations at a KFC unit in Nerul in Navi Mumbai on grounds that water from its purifying unit was not up to the specified standards. "The officials of the FDA checked the water being used in the RO Unit of the company at Nerul on March 13 and found that the water was not up to the specified standards," FDA Assistant Commissioner Kishore Gore said.
The tests revealed that the level of E.Coli and Coliform Bacteria found in 100ml of water was 34 as against 0. The company was given a warning and time to improve upon the water quality. However, when the water was tested again the levels remained unchanged. "As the level had not improved the FDA had no option but to shut the unit today," he added.
The unit at Nerul will remain shut till the company complies with the requirements and submits proof of the same. "Consequent to the action on this Nerul unit of the company the other units will also be under inspection by the FDA," Gore said.
In an email to NDTV Food, the spokesperson from KFC has responded to this issue with the following statement, "As a responsible brand, the health and safety of our customers as well as our employees, is our number one priority. We want to assure our customers that we have regular checks and stringent systems to ensure that we uphold the highest standards across all our restaurants. We are confident that at no point was there any food safety concern at the said restaurant. We have shut down the store as of now and are working with the authorities to resolve this matter.”
The fast food restaurant chain is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States, and is the second largest in sales terms after McDonald’s, with 18,875 outlets in 118 countries and territories as of December 2013. The company is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, a restaurant company that also owns the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in India.