Kochi: In the wake of increasing number of food poisoning cases that is being reported from various parts of state, the district and local body health officials conducted massive inspection in hotels and eateries across the district on Friday.
The officials issued notices to many establishments which were found violating rules and functioning in unhygienic conditions.
A team led by district medical officer (DMO) Dr V Jayasree conducted raids at six hotels on MG Road and Kaloor. Of these, two hotels were found functioning without health cards for employees and they were asked to close down. Four hotels were found operating in unhygienic conditions and they were asked to resume operation after cleaning up the hotels and getting fresh approval from the authorities.
It has been found that packed food items were kept in the freezers without expiry date and date of manufacturing, as stipulated in the Food Safety Act. It was also found that food items were cooked using rusty utensils.
“We have found unhygienic conditions in all the hotels that we inspected. Stale food was found kept in the freezer, cooked and uncooked food were kept together and food items were kept open. The hotels which were asked to close down due to lack of health cards can resume functioning after securing health cards and produce it before us. Health officials in respective areas are also conducting inspection in hotels, ”she said.
The officers checked for requisite licenses, health cards for employees, quality of food and hygienic conditions in all hotels and eateries. Health authorities said the inspection would continue in the coming days as well.
Health workers in all the local bodies also conducted inspections. On Friday, four hotels of the 10 inspected in Thrikkakara were found keeping stale food in the freezers to serve to customers and seized it. Authorities said these hotels would be served with notice and a penalty of up to maximum Rs 5,000 will be imposed against various violations.
“Al Faham chicken meat, dough, fish and other items were found in the freezer. Uncooked fish was around one week old. The inspection was held in the morning to check whether stale food was kept in freezers before serving to customers, ”said a health official in Thrikkakara municipality.
Meanwhile, Kalamassery municipality health officials on Friday inspected 11 eateries, which function only in the evenings and serve food items like shawarma. Of them, five were found functioning in unhygienic conditions and without health cards for employees. They were given notices to rectify the issues within seven days.

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