Food was cooked and served under unhygienic conditions, say Food Safety officials.

Food Safety officials on Saturday ordered the closure of the canteen on the campus of the Peroorkada Government Hospital on charges of cooking and serving food under unhygienic conditions, and for unhealthy maintenance of surroundings.

According to District Food Safety Officer D. Sivakumar, the department had inspected the premises following a complaint that food served in the canteen had worms. On inspection, it was found that the kitchen was dirty and not maintained properly. Waste water was allowed to accumulate outside the kitchen, with the stagnant pool turning into a mosquito-breeding ground.

The revelations on Saturday led to commotion on the hospital premises with attendants of patients and local people protesting against the manner in which the canteen was being run. The orders said the canteen could be reopened only with the certification of the Food Safety Department after rectifications were made.