Cuttack: Cuttack MunicipalCorporation (CMC) issued notices to seven restaurant and eatery owners after they were found selling food of “substandard quality”.
Health officer Umesh Panigrahi said the notices were issued on the basis of reports on samples collected and tested in the mobile laboratory during raids on Friday (27 July).
Food Safety on Wheels – a minibus allocated to Odisha by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India was in the city on Friday. It was equipped with lab apparatus.
Food safety officer (Cuttack) P.K. Pradhan said samples were picked up from restaurants, hotels, sweet kiosks and roadside eateries at Dolamundai, Badambadi and Link Road and tested. During the process, 70 kg food items were destroyed.
Pradhan said the mobile laboratory was last used on June 29. It had then picked up samples from restaurants, hotels, sweets stalls and roadside eateries at College Square, Ranihat and Manglabag and those outside SCB Medical College and Hospital.
The food safety division under the health department had received the mobile lab in March and appointed a technician, an laboratory assistant, a helper and a driver.