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Inspection at food joints in Kma

(Left) Unhygienic kitchen at a restaurant where all food items were prepared for the customers. Uncovered food (Chow). (NP)
Correspondent, KOHIMA, Nov 27:
Published on 28 Nov. 2008 2:06 AM IST
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As per the directive of the chief medical officer, Kohima, a team of doctors, food and sanitary inspectors under the CMO along with police personnel conducted inspection of all hotels, restaurants, food joints, etc in Kohima to ensure hygienic condition of the premises. The team that conducted inspection early November, concluded its second phase of cleanliness drive Thursday. Covering about 57 food joints including hotels, restaurants, bakeries in Kohima, the kitchen area of some of these places were found to be ‘unhygienic and filthy’. A particular restaurant was found to be using ‘Metanil Yellow’ for colouring of Indian sweets. The colouring substance is a chemical used solely for industrial purpose and not for human consumption. In this regard, the inspection team cautioned the general public to check such substances before consumption and also check excessive colouring of food items which was harmful for health. Cleanliness scrutiny was also conducted in local ‘paan’ shops. During the inspection, spot medical test on vendors and helpers was done by the medical doctors to check their fitness and health conditions. Fitness certificates as well as Prevention of Food Adulteration License were given away. The inspection team appealed the owners and proprietors of hotels, restaurants and other food joints in the state capital to keep their places clean and hygienic for the wellbeing of the general public. They also informed the public to be cautious of unhygienic food places.

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