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FDA takes illegal fast food stalls to task

Mapusa: Continuing with its raids to clampdown on the selling of illegal and unhygienic food items, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) ordered two fast food centres in Mapusa to shut shop and seized masala (spices) packets which were on the sale beyond the expiry period.
FDA conducted a raid near Alankar theatre in Mapusa and seized expired masala packets worth 7,000 and closed two fast food stalls after the owners of the food carts failed to provide the necessary documents to operate the business involving the sale of the food products.
A team of FDA officers, comprising Rajiv Korde, Richard Noronha, Ankita Palyekar, Madhav Kavlakar and others, under the guidance of FDA director Salim Veljee, conducted a surprise raid at Alankar theatre at Mapusa to check the quality of the fast food items.
FDA officials informed that owner of food stall Sitaram Sawant failed to produce licence and was asked to shut down the stall. A few other restaurants operating next to Alankar theatre, Bobby Fresh Food and Chunky Chicken were found using non-permitted food colour. They were issued notices. Expired masala packets worth 27,000 were seized from the Chunky Chicken stall.
Another food stall near the masjid in Mapusa was found operating in unhygienic condition, without Food Safety and Standards Authority of India licence .
FDA officer Korde said that that during the previous raids at Mapusa, FDA had asked the fast food stalls to operate in hygienic condition and display FSSAI licences . Korde also said that many of the food stall owners were found following the guidelines.

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