Task Force teams find food safety, hygiene violations in Hyderabad hostels

During an inspection at Sri Lakshmi PG Hostel in Kavuri Hills, the task force discovered that the hostel was operating without a valid FSSAI license.
In the kitchen area, expired white gravy (2 kg) and chop masala (2 kg) were found.
In the kitchen area, expired white gravy (2 kg) and chop masala (2 kg) were found.Express Illustration

HYDERABAD: After raids on hotels, eateries and supermarkets, the Commissioner of Food Safety (CFS) has now turned its focus towards hostels and other co-living establishments. CFS Task Force teams inspected four hostels in the Madhapur area on Sunday and found several food safety and hygiene violations.

During an inspection at Narayana Medical Academy, the team discovered that the establishment was operating without the necessary Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) licence. Furthermore, they found no Food Safety Training and Certification (FOSTAC) supervisor among the employees. Additionally, the base of the water dispensers was observed to be rusted, and the serving area was found to be unhygienic.

During an inspection at Narayana Society, the CFS team discovered several hygiene issues. In the kitchen area, expired white gravy (2 kg) and chop masala (2 kg) were found. Additionally, the dosa pan was observed to be unhygienic and rusted. The grinding area was untidy, increasing the risk of contamination. Furthermore, the open drainage, garbage storage area and wash area were all found to be in an unhygienic condition. The CFS noted that there was no FOSTAC supervisor present among the staff.

During a visit to VG Homestay in Madhapur, the CFS team discovered that the establishment was operating without a valid FSSAI licence. It observed the use of food colours and discovered that the dosa tawa was rusted. Raw materials and vegetables were found in unsanitary conditions. The refrigerator was also found to be unhygienic. Spot tests were conducted for drinking water, vinegar, chilli sauce and tomato sauce. All parameters were found to be within acceptable ranges. However, a loose chilli powder sample was lifted on suspicion of adulteration.

During an inspection at Sri Lakshmi PG Hostel in Kavuri Hills, the task force discovered that the hostel was operating without a valid FSSAI license. Vegetables, specifically cauliflower and ladies’ fingers, were found to be infested with pests. Additionally, the work area was observed to be unhygienic, with improper storage of rice and dals. These items were found to be stored alongside mattresses, posing potential health risks. Water and tomato sauce samples from the ‘Food Safety on Wheels’ vehicle were subjected to spot tests, and the parameters were found to be within acceptable ranges. However, loose chilli powder and Bengal gram samples were collected for further analysis due to suspected adulteration.

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