Saturday 11 February 2012


Feb 11, 2012

SURAT: The Surat Municipal Corporation's (SMC) health department has started an intensive health campaign targeting the restaurants and roadside eateries in the city.
In a surprise checking on Friday, two of the well-known restaurants in city's posh Bhatar area were sealed by the health department for posing danger to public health because of the unhygienic conditions in their kitchens.
Official sources said about 48 hotels and restaurants in Athwa zone, including the areas like Athwalines, Bhatar and Parle Point, were checked by the health department on Friday. While few of the hotels and restaurants were given notices to keep their premises clean and hygienic, two restaurants - Sigadi and Fame - were sealed by the officials for grossly violating the Food Safety Act.
"The restaurants sealed on Friday had a neat and clean atmosphere in the sitting area, but their kitchens were really filthy. The consumers were served food from the unhygienic kitchen, which could affect their health," a food inspector with Athwa zone said.
Along with the checking drive on the restaurants and hotels, the health department officials conducted surprise checks at the roadside eateries. About 66 roadside eateries in Athwa zone were checked and that stale food item and other unhygienic eating material weighing about 56 kilograms was destroyed and fine worth Rs 26,000 was collected on the spot.
"The inspection teams have warned the eateries that they should provide wholesome drinking water and serve freshly prepared food to customers or face strict action. The hotel owners have been asked to maintain their kitchens and premises in hygienic condition," chief medical officer Dr Hemant Desai said.

The Times of India


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