Shastry V.Mallady

Health officials seize rotten eggs and adulterated beef stuff

MADURAI: Three tiffin centres in the city were sealed on Tuesday following raids conducted by the health wing of Madurai Corporation.

Adulterated food items and rotten eggs were seized from these mini-restaurants, situated on Town Hall Rood opposite the railway station, and notices were issued to them under the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act.

V. Subramanian, City Health Officer, Madurai Corporation, along with a team of officials, including health inspectors, conducted the raids after getting information on insanitary conditions in the tiffin centres/small restaurants in that area.

“In the name of mutton, these tiffin centres were selling beef dishes. We had seized 10 kgs of adulterated beef and rotten eggs. The centres were sealed,” Dr. Subramanian said.

Stating that the tiffin centres were in a “highly insanitary condition”, the CHO said that the water supply, containers and vegetables used also were found to be hazardous for public health. According to him, the tiffin centres were given 10 days time to explain.

He said that raids will be continued across the city and tiffin centres that function particularly at night will come under scanner.

On Sunday, a 21-year-old student from Puducherry identified as J. Isaiamudhan reportedly died after consuming meal in a local restaurant at the Town Hall Road. Police said that they awaited a report from the Forensic Sciences Department.

District Supply Officer Murugiah and RDO Sugumaran were among the officers who conducted the raid.

Maximum punishment

R. T. Porkai Pandian, new Director of Public Health, when contacted told The Hindu that several measures were being taken to prevent food adulteration.

“We will ask for a detailed report from the Madurai Corporation Health Officer and action will be taken to get maximum punishment for those going against public health,” Dr. Pandian said. He said that the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act will be implemented strictly across the State.

The Director of Public Health said that the health officials were conducting raids on various godowns where food stocks were stored “to see if they were selling after the expiry date.”