Ahead of Pooram, health officials raid nine restaurants, issue notice
Unsafe food was on Wednesday seized from six restaurants in the city in raids conducted ahead of Thrissur Pooram.
Lakhs of people gather in Thrissur for Pooram and restaurants do brisk business.
Health inspectors with the Thrissur Corporation on Wednesday raided nine restaurants.
Stale food was found in six of them.
Stale chicken, beef, parotta, chapathi and fish curry were seized. Notices were issued to the restaurants.
“They were stored in unhygienic conditions. The utensils have also been seized,” said health inspector Ravindran.
The team of health inspectors that conducted the raids included Gopala Krishnan, Jaya Chandran and Prem Raj.
Raids would be intensified in the coming days, they said.
“If visitors to Pooram find unsafe or harmful food, they should report to the health wing of the corporation.
Food is unsafe for consumption if it has not been treated or cooked properly or it contains harmful ingredients, if it is mouldy or decomposed, or if it includes residues above permitted levels of chemicals, pesticides and additives to animal feed,” they said.
They said that eating unsafe food would trigger food poisoning and may even be fatal. Common signs of food poisoning include cramps in the stomach, frequent vomiting, fever, dizziness, dehydration and persistent diarrhoea. Food stored in poor conditions may even become contaminated with bacterial infections salmonella or listeria.
This year, the district administration has also decided to impose during the festival a ban on the sale of liquor.
Liquor outlets will remain closed from the morning on the Pooram day when the rites begin with the arrival of processions (Cheru Poorams) from Kanimangalam Sastha, Karamukku Bhagavathy, Neythilakkaavu Bhagavathy, Lalur Bhagavathy, Panamukkampalli Sastha, Choorakkottukavu Durga, Ayyanthole Karthyayani and Chembukkavu Karthyayani temples.
The outlets will be closed till the farewell ceremony, “Upacharam Cholli Piriyal” the next day, in which idols of the Paramekkavu Bhagavathy and the Thiruvambady Bhagavathy would be taken from the Thekkinkad Maidan to the respective temples, marking the finale of the 30-hour celebrations.
Thrissur Pooram will be celebrated on May 9.