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Food safety officials raid KGH canteen


Under scanner:GVMC food safety wing personnel checking quality of food at KGH canteen in Visakhapatnam on Thursday.

Samples collected, sent to Hyderabad lab

Following a series of complaints about the bad quality of food in the canteen for patients and attendants of patients in the KG Hospital in the city, the GVMC food safety wing led by Food Inspector GV Appa Rao on Thursday conducted a surprise raid at the canteen and collected samples.

The official said Y Koteswara Rao from Vijayawada had been running the canteen (DIET Canteen). As per the agreement with the government, the canteen was supposed to supply quality meals to patients in the hospital.

“We have observed several violations as the quality of rice was poor and similarly, the quality of sambar, curries and eggs was not good for consumption of patients,” said Mr. Appa Rao.

“We have collected the samples and sent the same to laboratory in Hyderabad and will act against the contractor based on the report from the laboratory,” he added.

Sources said earlier the government had terminated the agreement with the contractor K Durga Reddy, who had supplied bad quality of food to patients in the KGH following the reports from the Food Safety Wing of the GVMC around two years ago and has now entered into an agreement with Koteswara Rao.

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