: Officials attached to the Department of Food Safety raided tea and sweet stalls at the Vaeinthaankulam new bus stand on Friday and seized Rs.50,000-worth snacks as they had been prepared and sold in an unhygienic manner.
Following complaints from the public, a team of officials, led by Dr.Devika, Designated Officer, Department of Food Safety, conducted surprise checks on all the stalls selling snacks, and water and soft drink packets.
The team seized halwa and mixture packets that did not carry mandatory information such as the date of manufacturing, best before date, date of expiry, vegetarian logo, etc.
When the team members and Food Safety Officers A.R.Sankaralingam, Kaliyanandi, Kalimuthu and Ibrahim checked Aavin products such as milk kova and mysurpa, the packets carried the manufacturing details and hence those products were spared.
On seeing eateries preparing parotta and chapathi by keeping the LPG stoves on platform, Dr.Devika asked the cooks to keep a protective shield to preserve the food stuff from being polluted by the harmful emission from buses.
“Six teams have been formed across the district to conduct surprise checks and to seize unhygienic food stuff. The drive will continue,” said Mr.Sankaralingam.
The seized food stuffs were destroyed on the spot by sprinkling phenyl on them.