572 restaurants inspected statewide

The state’s crackdown on unsafe food as part of a government campaign continued over the weekend, with the food safety department also carrying out inspections on Sunday.

As authorities stepped up the campaign, 572 restaurants were inspected. Action was taken against 10 restaurants that did not have a license or registration. Notices were served at 65 stores. The food security brigades also seized 18 kg of meat stored in unsanitary conditions and destroyed. Four samples have been sent for analysis, Health Minister Veena George said in a statement on Sunday.

The government launched the campaign on May 2 following the death of a 16-year-old girl in Kasaragod from food poisoning. In the past seven days, 1,704 inspections have been completed statewide by food safety officials. Action was taken against 152 stores that did not have a license or registration. Advisories have been issued in 531 food establishments. No less than 180 kg of meat stored in unsanitary conditions was seized and destroyed, and 129 food samples were sent for testing in food safety laboratories.

As part of Operation Matsya launched at the end of April, 6,069 kg of stale and chemically preserved fish were destroyed. A total of 2,048 samples taken from 4,026 inspections during this period were sent for inspection.

Operation Jaggery

Inspections took place in 481 samples to detect adulterations of jaggery as part of Operation Jaggery, and 134 surveillance samples were taken for laboratory analysis.

Operations against unsafe food will continue in the coming days, the minister said.

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