Commissioner, Food Safety J&K, Vinod Sharma on Thursday inspected various food establishments within Srinagar City to check the quality of food items and sanitary and hygienic conditions of the food establishments.
He was accompanied by Dy. Commissioner, Food Safety, Kashmir, Irfana Ahmad, Designated Officer, District Srinagar, Hilal Ahmad Mir and other concerned officers.
The food establishments inspected include SMHS, Hospital Canteens, Super Speciality Hospital Canteen, GB Panth Hospital Canteen, CH2 Hotel and other Hotels housing Move Employees.
During the inspection, one canteen inside the Super Speciality Hospital SMHS Srinagar was found in unsanitary and unhygienic condition. The catering contractor of the canteen was on-spot fined Rs 10,000.
In addition, the in-patient catering at various hospitals were also checked and the in-charges of the caterings were impressed upon to strictly follow the sanitary and hygienic requirements of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 Rules & regulations made thereunder.
A hotel namely CH2, Sonawar was found using the expired (over-dated) ingredients in the preparation of food and using newspapers for wrapping of food items. A fine of Rs30,000/- was imposed on the hotel.
Besides various hotels housing move employees were also inspected to check the hygiene and sanitary conditions of the establishments. The food items being served to the employees were also checked. The catering in-charges of these hotels were also directed to follow the Rules & Regulations prescribed in FSS Act.
Commissioner further directed the officers of the Food Safety Organization to continue checking of quality of eatables on regular basis and also ensure the maintenance of proper hygienic conditions in cooking and serving areas. He directed staff to be more vigilant because of the forthcoming holy festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.