After a series of raids on eateries in city, Health Department officials have now brought fruit juice shops under the scanner.

During surprise checks conducted in sub-urban/rural areas of Madurai on Wednesday, it was found that many juice centres were using rotten fruits in juice preparation and selling them to public as fresh juice.

Juice shops in Koodal Nagar, Vilangudi and Anaiyur were covered on the first day.

A. Palanichamy, Deputy Director of Health Services, told ‘The Hindu' on Thursday that the department officials would inspect shops in rural areas across the district during the next few days.

An official here said that some juice shops were using colouring agents which crossed the expiry date.

“About 50 kg of papaya, grapes, orange and apples, which were rotten, were seized and then destroyed by the health inspectors and other department staff. The fruits were rotten to such an extent that there was even fungus formation,” the official said.

Grocery shops in these three areas were also raided. Wheat flour kept in refrigerator for days together in some shops was also destroyed, officials said.

Nearly 100 kg of ‘rava' and ‘kadalai maavu' sold in grocery shops after their expiry date were also collected and destroyed by health inspectors.

To be intensified

Health Department officials said that raids would be intensified from Friday.

“When we enquired the grocery shop owners, their reply was that they were selling only those supplied by the companies. Public have to be very careful while buying provisions,” said a health official who has been monitoring the surprise checks.

Meeting

Meanwhile, a meeting of health inspectors and block health supervisors was conducted at the Health Department office to give instructions on how to go about in conducting inspection at fruit juice shops and grocery shops.

On Tuesday, three eateries near Madurai railway station were sealed by the Corporation health officials due to insanitary conditions.

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