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Poor hygiene and violation of food safety norms at LU mess

21,September, 2018

LUCKNOW: Several anomalies were found in a surprise inspection of Lucknow University’s central mess by the Food Safety and Drug Administration (FSDA) officials on Wednesday.

The inspection was carried out following several incidents of worms being found in the mess food in the past one month.

FSDA team inspected the kitchen area, drinking water facilities, and food storage at the mess for more than two hours.

In its report released in the evening, FSDA pointed out poor hygiene in the mess and violation of food safety norms.

In the past one month, inmates of boys’ hostels had lodged five complaints of worms being found in the three meals — breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The FSDA team arrived at the central mess before the lunchtime to inspect the quality of food being served to students.

“The team didn’t find any insect. Hostellers claimed there was an insect in the meal but it turned out be a burnt cumin seed. But there lack of hygiene and food safety norms were not being adhered to,” said district food officer TR Rawat.

“We have informed the university officials about the irregularities and have given 15 days to the mess manager to improve things. If he fails to do so we would be asking the university to evict the mess in charge,” said Rawat.

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