Food safety audits to soon be carried out in canteens of state and civic-run hospitals

Soon canteens at all government and civic-run hospitals will undergo a comprehensive audit. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis informed the legislative assembly on June 20. This has been ordered by state government. The audit aims to find out whether the canteens are preparing the food according to the norms laid down by the FSSAI

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When a person is admitted to a hospital, they and their relatives are tensed and have various thoughts in their minds. But do they ever pay attention to the food being served at the hospital? Now keeping the patient’s health and safety in mind, the state government has decided to launch an audit to inspect the canteen and premises where food is prepared for the patients.

The issue regarding the quality of the food which is served to patients and doctors in state-run hospitals across Maharashtra was raised by the opposition in the legislative assembly on Thursday, June 20.

Congress MLA Vijay Vaddettiwar, while raising the question alleged that a powder-like substance was found in the food which was served to a patient in Nagpur Government Medical College.

While replying to the question raised by the opposition, CM Devendra Fadnavis in his answer stated, “The issue is indeed a serious matter of concern. The state will conduct a thorough audit of all the canteens which serve food to the patients in government-run hospitals. The audit will be carried out to find out whether the canteens are working as per the standards laid down by the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India.”

On Wednesday, June 19, pieces of chicken were found in the food which was served to a visitor in the Vidhan Sabha. This issue too was raised in the Maharashtra legislative assembly on June 20.

Chief Minister Fadnavis replying on the floor of the house, on this matter, said, “The government will investigate whether the canteen in Maharashtra assembly is following the FSSAI standards.”

Members of the Maharashtra assembly also raised the issue of the use of contaminated ice being utilised by roadside vendors to prepare sugarcane and lime juice. The opposition demanded a strict law should be established which attract the punishment of life imprisonment.

To which the state informed that such a law is under consideration of the government.