More than a month has passed since Arabian dish ‘shawarma’ metamorphosed from a tasty fast food to a deadly dish.
Sachin Roy Mathew, a student in Bangalore, lost his life allegedly after consuming ‘shawarma’ from Salwa Cafe in Vazhuthacaud on July 11.
The office of the Commissioner of Food Safety rose to the occasion with several raids, closures, introduction of toll free number to lodge complaint etc. However, they are yet to file a chargesheet on Sachin’s death.
More than a dozen people were hospitalised after consuming ‘shawarma’ from Salwa Cafe on July 10. Food Safety officers said that they could not collect the ‘shawarma’ samples as the issue came out only three days later.
“By that time they disposed off. So we could not collect samples,” said D Sivakumar, designated officer, Food Safety, here.
A team of Food Safety officials visited Sachin’s hometown in Mavelikkara and Bangalore, where he was pursuing management studies. Surprisingly, the officials have not collected the post-mortem report or chemical analysis report so far.
“We only have oral evidence from other victims of food poisoning. Most of them suffered grave injuries and were hospitalised for more than a week. We are preparing the chargesheet to file a case under the Food Safety and Standards Act,” Sivakumar said.
Meanwhile, the Museum police, which is probing into the food poisoning incident, received the post-mortem report. “The report said that it was an unnatural death and points to food poisoning. The exact cause could be found out only after getting the chemical analysis report. We have written to Kalasipalayam police station in Bangalore to get the chemical analysis report,” Museum police informed.
They said that Abdul Khader, owner of Salwa Cafe, was denied bail. “Section 304 of the IPC has been charged against Khader. We have collected evidence from Sachin’s parents, his friend who accompanied him to buy ‘shawarma’ and other victims of food poisoning,” the Museum police said.
In the last one month, the Office of the Commissioner of Food Safety closed down and issued improvement notices to as many as 49 hotels in the state.
This include 20 hotels here, six each in Pathanamthitta and Ernakulam, eight in Thrissur, four in Kozhikode, two in Palakkad and three in Kollam.