District Food Safety Officer K.Ajith Kumar conducted checks in various eateries in the city and closed down Hotel Lavanya in Kaloor and fined 21 other hotels and bakeries on various grounds.

Most of the hotels and bakeries had a clean dining room, but the kitchen areas were found wanting, Mr. Kumar said.

The hotels were fined on various accounts like reuse of oil, unhygienic storage of prepared food, store area that did not have proper moisture control, using old and unclean utensils, cobwebs in the kitchen, and broken or dilapidated condition of kitchens.

The guidelines issued under the Food Safety Act along with a Malayalam transcript had been given to all the outlets through their associations, said Mr. Kumar. He said the raids would continue for another couple of days.

Raids were conducted for the past three days on hotels and bakeries in the city area, Aluva, Koothatukulam and Vazhakulam. In the city 19 outlets were inspected and improvement notices were issued to seven units.

In Aluva, 10 establishments were raided and improvement notices issued to seven units while in Koothatukulam and Vazhakulam areas inspections in 14 units were held of which 9 were given improvement notices.

The raids were conducted on the orders of the State Food Safety Commissioner Biju Prabhakar.

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