Finding food products at Hotel Radisson Blu on Ferozepur Road here as substandard, the Ludhiana administration has imposed a Rs 26-lakh penalty on its management. The fine has been imposed for violation of Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 and Rules 2011 after the food samples were not found substandard in the laboratory tests.
Another popular shop, Chaurasia Pan Parlour on Chandigarh Road, has been fined Rs 2 lakh.
Issuing magisterial orders in this regard, additional deputy commissioner Rishipal Singh said samples of jam, noodles, imli (tamarind), curd and chutney from the hotel and those of True Lemon (ready to serve beer) from Chaurasia Pan Parlour had been taken for test.
The laboratory tests found all the samples below the quality standards set under the Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 and Rules 2011. The owners have been directed to deposit the amount in government treasury immediately.
Rishipal said the violations of Food Safety and Standard Act 2006 in any form will not be tolerated.
Clarifying its stand, a spokesperson of Hotel Radisson Blu said most of the samples taken by the health department were of imported packed products. “Nestle curd, Stute Diabetic Jam and How How Rice Noodles (made in Thailand) were among the samples found substandard. Hence, we cannot be held responsible for their quality. We provide globally-acceptable products to our guests,’ he said.
He said they will appeal against the order and present the bills of the products to the authorities for taking up the matter with the companies concerned.