Tribune News Service
Amritsar, July 5
The health wing of the Municipal Corporation has issued challans to 14 eating joints where unhygienic conditions were found by officials during an inspection yesterday. The team also seized plastic bags from most of the eating joints.
Municipal Corporation’s Health Officer Raju Chohan said none of the eating joints showed medical fitness certificates of cooks and other workers which were mandatory as per the norms.
He said around six of the eating joints which were raided did not have a licence for running the business.
“We have issued a warning to the eateries which were found running without licence. A follow-up inspection would be conducted soon to ensure that the eateries have improved the hygienic conditions of the kitchens,” he said.
The MC officials said a ban on the use of plastic bags had earlier been announced and the inspection was conducted in view of the complaints received that a large number of restaurants and eateries were using the bags. Chohan said an unhygienic cooking area could contaminate food being cooked and cause various health issues to customers.
He said even workers should be medically fit and should posses a fitness certificate as in case they were suffering from any communicable diseases these could be passed on to customers.
An official of the licence wing of the MC, Subhash Chopra, said: “All food joints had been told to apply for licences. If owners of the eateries failed to do the needful till the next inspection, strict action would be initiated.”
The officials said those persons who were issued challans had been told to appear before the officials concerned and present their cases before July 7.
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