We tend to avoid eating food sold at the roadside vendors with the intention, that we can visit a restaurant to eat food which has been prepared in a clean and hygienic environment. If you are among those people who believe in this mind-set, then you are in for a surprise.
Recently, the Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raided 27 restaurants in Mumbai, upon the raids, it was revealed that the restaurants were not following the basic food safety and hygiene guidelines.
These restaurants were initially warned during routine inspections to improve their food safety standards, but the restaurants showed no changes in adhering to food hygiene practices.
The FDA acted on the complaints which they received over the falling hygiene and safety practices in these restaurants. While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Joint Commissioner FDA (Food) Shailesh Adhav, said, “We have suspended the licences of these restaurants as they did not follow the hygiene and food safety guidelines which regulate food preparation.”
He added, “We had sent them notices regarding the same several times in the past. But when we raided their restaurants and tested the food, we realised that the restaurants had not paid heed to our earlier warnings. Andheri, Saat-Rasta (Mahalaxmi), Govandi, Borivali, and Malad are the localities in which the said restaurants were raided. Apart from this the FDA regularly inspects other restaurants in Mumbai to ensure that the food quality is up to the mark.”