The Health Department of the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation conducted a mammoth raid in almost 60 restaurants in the district on Thursday, following which a notice was sent to 46 restaurants for having stale food.
Six teams of the Health Department raided restaurants in the areas of Kamaleswaram, Manacaud, Kizhakkekotta, Statue, Palayam, Thampanoor and Karamana on Thursday and food items from popular joints in the city were found to be stored in refrigerators for over a week and the items were also found to be cooked in unhygienic conditions.
In what has come as a rude shock to the people of the state capital, some of the joints which have a loyal set of customers were issued notice. Some of these restaurants include hotel Pankaj, hotel Statue and Trivandrum Hotel located in the Statue area near the Kerala Secretariat, Zam Zam hotel, MRA and hotel Swagath in Palayam, Hotel Bismi, Hotel Zeenath and Hotel Buhari in Attakulangara.
According to a statement by the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation, some of the common issues that were noted by the health officials during the raid was that most of the employees in these joints did not have a health card, the waste materials in the restaurant were not segregated properly, food items that were ready to be served were as old as a week, lack of a separate room to store food items and unhygienic conditions of the kitchen as well as the restaurant as a whole.
The raids were conducted under the supervision of Ajith Kumar and Prakash, who are health supervisors of the Corporation and Mohan Chandran, Anup Roy, Anil Kumar NV and Sujith Sudhakar, who are the health inspectors. The 46 restaurants which were issued notice, have been asked to solve the issues that have been pointed out and to send a report to the Corporation within seven days.
Addressing the media following the raid, Mayor VK Prasanth said that serious action will be taken against these restaurants, some of which have been caught in raids before as well. “We will be imposing heavy fines on these restaurants and will ensure that more raids are conducted in the coming days,” he added.