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Joint team inspects restaurants, bakeries

Joint team inspects a processing area in one of the restaurants in Dimapur on Monday. (NP)
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEPT 27 (NPN):
Published on 28 Sep. 2010 12:40 AM IST
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A joint inspection of various restaurants and bakeries in Dimapur involving the administration, police, DMC and a consumer society served to confirm that behind the attractive and well-decorated façade and delicious looking food items, kitchens of most restaurants and bakeries are most unhygienic. Swarms of houseflies, stinking drains, garbage strewn and flurry of huge rats describe the places where food is processed before cooking.
The joint inspection team Monday went to Popular Bakery, Golden Palace at Circular road; Plaza and Breeze restaurants at NL road, Universal Bakery at Khermahal, Bothra Sweets, Shivam Bakery at Dhobinala and shops in other areas. The team was led by EAC Lankonsen Lotha and included Er. Vikholi, DMC sanitation in-charge, Tokheli Kikon DMC rate and price control in-charge, DMC food inspectors, and consumer society president. The team inspected ten to fifteen restaurants, bakeries and shops.
As per the mandatory norms set down for restaurants and bakeries by the DMC, the workers were supposed to wear head covers, hand gloves and aprons. However, most of the restaurants were not following the norms.
The sight and smell of the mixing area at Plaza, Bothra, Shivam, etc. food processing areas greeted the inspection team.
The team also seized shop license of Shivam Bakery Dhobinala, while food certificates were confiscated from Bothra Sweets Dobhinala and Plaza Restaurant, NL road. Expired food items such as biscuits, bread, food items were also seized. Breads with advanced manufacturing date printed on the cover were seized from Popular Bakery.
Expired food items in many bakeries were seized and later deposited at DMC office for further action.
EAC Lankonsen Lotha has reminded those involved in sale of food items that inspections would become a routine affair in hotels, restaurants, bakeries and sweet shops. He warned that defaulters would be booked under relevant sections. All the seized food certificates and licenses of the shops would not be returned till substantial improvement was made in their respective work places.
Er. Vikholie, DMC sanitation in-charge lamented that despite repeated appeal to the restaurants, hotels, bakeries owners since the DMC advisory board took charge, no improvement has been made and that the hygiene guidlines were being flouted.

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