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The News Minute | November 24, 2013 | 9.05 am IST Food that is served is unsafe but we cannot shut the stalls, say Chennai Corporation officials. Marina, the country’s longest beach, has scores of small hotels and stalls serving food to thousands of beachgoers. The corporation officials have admitted that many among these provide unhygienic food but, refused to shut them. The reason cited for not shutting them down was that the matter was sub-judice. However, the officials resorted to a step that has attracted ire. On Saturday, the officials stuck 2*2 inch labels on each of the stalls showing whether the food that was served was “unsafe” or “safe”, Times of India reported. The matter being sub-judice this was what the officials could do but, few say that the label can easily be tampered. "We are starting an exercise to enumerate traders and hawkers. The government has come up with a policy on vendors that will allow all urban local bodies to register hawkers and issue licences to them, a corporation official said.  With the matter pending in a court of law and the corporation officials shifting responsibility on to the government, the beachgoers who relish food from these stalls can remain happy.

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