The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of Maharashtra today raided four pani puri manufacturing units in Mankhurd and Govandi. The action was taken by the administration after receiving complaints about the hygienic condition at the units. FDA was also alerted that the puris manufactured in these units were also not edible. FDA officers started raiding these units at 5 a.m. today.
Joint Commissioner (Food) of FDA Suresh Annapure spoke to My Medical Mantra. “We received the complaints that the pani puris were manufactured in poor sanitation condition in these units. During the raids, we got to know that there are 4 units. We have collected the samples from these units. They have been sent for the testing in labs. We will get the reports in next 15 days.”
During raids, officials found that the pani puris were made on the floors which were in the extremely unhygienic state. “Panipuris were being made in very small place at it was extremely unhygienic. Pani puris were made on the floor. Our officials first inspected the spot then we raided these units,” Suresh Annapure added.
The incident of pani puri vendor urinating in a serving vessel is still alive in Mumbai’s memory. This expose had highlighted the poor standards of street food in the city. Recently, a pani puri vendor in Ahmedabad was sued for adulteration as he was found mixing toilet cleaner in the pani puri water to make it tastier.