Food Safety officials, who examined 394 eateries across Kerala on Friday, issued notices to 217 establishments which were found to be functioning without a valid licence or operating in unhygienic conditions.

Thirty-four squads of food safety officials had been assigned on a week-long special drive for food safety across the State by the Food Safety Commissioner.

Of the 71 eateries examined in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, notices were issued to 42 on various counts. In Thrissur, 28 out of the 31 eateries examined and in Kozhikode, 45 out of the 48 eateries examined were issued notices by food safety officials for violation of food safety norms. Ernakulam seemed to fare better as notices were issued to 19 out of the 65 eateries inspected.

The Food Safety Commissioner has allowed Sindhoor Restaurant at Vazhuthacaud, which had been issued closure notice after a cockroach was found in the prawns curry served to a customer, to reopen, provided the stringent food safety conditions are met.

In the past five days, 1,798 eateries went under the scanner of food safety officials, out of which notices had been served on 1,085.