Health minister Veena George | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Health Minister Veena George informed that the food safety department in the state conducted inspections in 440 hotels and restaurants on Saturday.
She added that 26 food outlets were closed, including 15 eateries without a licence and 11 functioning under unhygienic conditions. Further, notices were issued to 145 food outlets across the state.
KPCC president K Sudhakaran said that the health ministry should conduct regular inspections throughout the year. He pointed out that officials should end the practice of conducting inspections only after a situation arises.
Earlier today, Three persons, including the owner of the hotel which had provided 'Kuzhimanthi', were taken into custody after Anjushree Parvathi, a 19-year-old woman, died due to suspected food poisoning upon consuming the biryani dish.
At Idukki, a family of three was hospitalised with food poisoning after consuming Shawarma.
Meanwhile, V D Satheesan attacked the government over the two deaths due to alleged food poisoning in the last six days.
"Every day one or the other serious health-related issues are being reported from the state. The state, which was top in the food safety index during the UDF government, has now gone down to sixth place, which shows us the state government's failure in ensuring food safety," Satheesan said in a statement.