The officials check iced drinks on sale near schools in Aluva and in rural areas.
Food safety officials in the district on Wednesday conducted inspections at various places in Aluva, including the houses of migrant workers, following complaints that unhygienic ice was coming into the market.
The officials particularly checked the iced drinks on sale near schools and in the rural areas.
They visited 13 sites and collected samples from one ice manufacturing unit. Though complaints regarding unhygienic ice manufacturing units at the homes of migrant workers were received, the officials did not find any evidence. The workers told the officials that they buy the ice from manufacturing units and sell it.
The officials also checked packaged drinks. Samples were collected from two manufacturers to check quality of water and other cool drinks that reach the stores.
A squad also raided the open wayside eateries around the Aluva railway stations. One tea stall was given a closure notice unless steps are taken to improve the hygiene.
The officials gave directions to follow food safety steps and held awareness classes for tea sellers and fruit juice shop owners to imbibe the hygiene and food safety culture so that chances of food and water contaminations are totally avoided.