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Disease scare: FDA to conduct special checks of eateries

Nashik: The Food and the Drug Administration (FDA) in Nashik has decided to check hotels, restaurants and other eateries on the road side to ensure that hygienic conditions are being maintained during the monsoon, when chances of various diseases spreading increases.
U S Vanjari, Joint Commissioner, FDA (Food), Nashik Division said, “The rains bring a host of diseases. Unhygienic conditions, contaminated water etc. can lead to spreading of lot of diseases. Considering this, we would be conducting a drive to check as many restaurants and hotels during the monsoon.”
If hotels and restaurants are seen not following hygienic conditions, their licences would either be cancelled or suspended. Further, such establishments would have to pay a fine up to Rs 25,000.
Meanwhile, we would be collecting food samples from restaurants if the concerned food safety official suspects they are unhygienic and would be sent to our government laboratory in Pune for further investigation.
There are a large number of hotels and restaurants spread all across the city. Apart from hotels and restaurants, there are a large number of food joints donning the city roads.
Vanjari said that they have five food safety officers for the district and if need arises, more officers from different parts of Nashik division would be called to take up the campaign.
Recently, food safety officers from different parts of Nashik division had been called to conduct raids on pan stalls for checking if they were selling gutkha and other banned tobacco products.
“We can definitely call food safety officers from other parts of Nashik division for such drives. Nashik has only five food safety officers, due to which the action is limited. The check on the eateries would be all through the rains,” Vanjari added.

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