Five of the nine food distribution centres whose licences were suspended on Monday, after statewide raids initiated by the commissioner of food safety, are from the city. Raids were conducted in 1,092 centres by special squads last week.
The food safety officials found major violations of Food Safety Act in terms of cleanliness and licence standards in these centres. The licence of Thampy’s Bakery in Peroorkada, Rosai Take Away at Kowdiar, Arin Bakery at Udayamperoor, Al-Madeena Restaurant at Sreekariyam, Gangothri Purified Water at Payyannur, a thattukada at Petah, Ganesh Cafeteria at Aristo Junction, Annu Icecream at Karassery and Nelo Icecream at Mukkam were suspended in the raid.
In addition 324 centres were served improvement notices and an amount of Rs 7,00,500 was collected as fine.
“These centres were found functioning in unhygienic conditions and with improper food storage facilities. Some were found storing stale milk which was used to make drinks like Sharjah. Minor violations such as not maintaining personal hygiene and not wearing the cap or apron were also found,” said assistant commissioner of food safety A Satheesh Kumar.