FSO fines hospital canteen, hotel for selling unhygienic, expired edibles

A hospital canteen and a hotel on Thursday were fined Rs 10,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively for violating food safety norms and selling expired edible items in unhygienic conditions. 

According to a statement issued by J&K Food Safety Organisation (FSO), Commissioner, Food Safety, Vinod Sharma accompanied by Deputy Commissioner, Food Safety, Kashmir, Irfana Ahmad and other officers inspected various food establishments within Srinagar City to check the quality of food items and sanitary and hygienic conditions of the food establishments.

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 insanitary and unhygienic condition. The catering contractor of the canteen was on-spot slapped an amount of Rs 10,000 as fine.

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 & Standards Act, 2006 Rules & regulations made there under.

A hotel namely CH2, Sonwar 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, the statement said.