Haripad: The number of roadside eateries on the national highway serving food under unhygienic conditions is on the rise. Despite complaints, the officials are not taking any action against the eateries that do not comply with norms.
Food is being prepared in opens kitchens on the side of the busy NH. The eateries have set up chairs and tables on the roadside to attract customers, mostly travellers. The dust and dirt caused by the fast moving traffic ends up on the food items kept open.
Officials say that they cannot take action against these shops as they do not have license to operate. According to law, eateries must have food safety registration. The shop must be hygienic. But at haripad and nearby areas people would think twice about going to the roadside eateries.
The law also stipulates that food items must be protected from sunlight, dust and wind. But these eateries do not bother to follow any of these norms.
Despite numerous written complaints to food safety and municipality officials, no action has been taken against the eateries. Complainant Suresh Kumar of Haripad said that despite registering a complaint through the toll-free number.
The department does not have a vehicle to conduct inspections based on complaints registered. A department vehicle has to be brought in from Alappuzha.
– Yassir Ahammad, (food safety officer, Haripad)