Veena George | Photo: Mathrubhumi
Thiruvananthapuram: Minister for Health Veena George said that inspections under the Food and Safety department will be strengthened across the state.
The minister said that use of rotten or half-cooked meat, careless preparation of mayonnaise and filthy environment are leading to food poisoning from shawarma. Hence, to avoid similar mishaps from food poisoning, a special criteria will be introduced for cooking shawarma along with ensuring regular inspections of eateries.
Several restaurants are running in the state without a licence from the Food and Safety department. Such shops will be sealed following district-level inspections. The minister asserted that legal action will be taken against the owners of eateries operating by evading rules.
4888 kilograms of rotten fish have been seized through Operation Malsya. The samples were sent to laboratories for analysis and it was found laced with chemicals. The minister informed that special mobile laboratories were set up in all districts for testing the food samples collected after inspections by food and safety officials. The public can also make use of the services of such labs, added the minister.