With summer kicking in and roadside eateries being in demand, authorities in Chennai conducted surprise raids across the city and seized unhygienic food and banned tobacco products.
As per a Times of India report, more than 2,500kg of unhygienic food such as stale meat and mangoes and more than 200kg of banned tobacco products were recovered during the raids.
Contaminated water sold in cans and bottles was also seized.
Greater Chennai Corporation commissioner D Karthikeyan ordered the raid across all 15 zones and officials imposed a penalty of Rs. 83,000 on the violators.
The raid was carried out keeping the focus on summer, as more eateries crop up in various parts of the city to cater to the increasing demand for food and water.
"The focus was on roadside shops which are exposed to dust and dirt. We concentrated the drive near schools, commercial and market places. This is a routine procedure which is normally done at the zone-level which we intensified on a single day and combined various other checks," said city health officer Senthil Nathan.
Plastic bags below the stipulated standard of 40 to 50 microns were seized.
Stray dogs were also impounded and sent to animal birth control centres, the report adds.