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Notices slapped on 1,000 eateries

24,December, 2018

Thiruvananthapuram: The food safety directorate has cancelled licences of 17 eateries and issued improvement notices to another 1,275 outlets as part of a statewide inspection.

The improvement notices issued by the food safety special squads to improve the conditions in which food was manufactured and distributed.

The inspection was held in four phases in 3,683 eateries across all districts, beginning on December 10. A total of 184 samples suspected to be of sub-standard quality or adulterated were collected and sent to analytical laboratories in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Kozhikode. A compounding fee of Rs 27.99 lakh was levied from the eateries that were found to be violating food safety norms.

The special squads formed to curb distribution and sale of adulterated coconut oil seized 18,302 litres of coconut oil banned brands and 2,460 litres of adulterated coconut oil from Thrissur. The squads also seized 50 litres of banned coconut oil brands from Kollam and 15 packets from Alappuzha.

Food safety commissioner had constituted 38 special squads to ensure food safety standards in bakeries, cake/wine production centres, distribution centres of bakery products during Christmas and New year as per the directive of the state government.

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