Two biryani joints in Pondicherry fail to meet food safety standards, sealed refrigerators – The New Indian Express

Through Express news service

PODUCHERRY: Food safety remains a concern in Pondicherry, as authorities found two popular biryani joints and a vegetarian restaurant were below standards.

The special inspection team found that two non-vegetarian biryani stores in Vallar Salai (45-foot road) were failing to keep their kitchens clean and to keep non-vegetarian foods safe in refrigerators. The food turned out to be rotten and the refrigerators at these two restaurants were sealed. Cockroaches roamed the kitchens and the washing process was poor with no hot water to clean the utensils.

Food safety official Dhanaraju said the two stores would be allowed to operate normally after cleaning their refrigerators and would be fined in this regard.

The team, who also inspected a vegetarian restaurant in the same area, found flaws in the kitchen and notified the owner to fix the issue.

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The inspection team also discovered a defect in the cooling installation during a test at a modern fish market on East Coast Road. A complaint would be lodged with the fisheries department which manages the market, as there is a possibility of spoilage of the fish.

Deputy Food Safety Commissioner R Ilanthirayan led the special inspection team along with other officials.

Over the past two weeks, the task force has inspected restaurants and eateries and taken action. Already, the freezers of a star hotel on Beach Road and a canteen in JIPMER have been sealed by the team.

The CAG report had pointed out several shortcomings in food safety, including facilities for testing. There is only one laboratory, while some chemicals necessary for food quality control are not available.

However, basic food safety checks carried out by the task force are continuing and more restaurants and eateries would be inspected, officials said.

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