Raid and revelations: Rotten tomatoes for sauce and dirty coriander powder

Submitted by alvin on Thu, 2016-06-23 14:23 Bengaluru: The BBMP standing committee on health ordered the closure and fined several food processing and manufacturing units in the city for violating food safety standards during an inspection carried out on Wednesday. The committee led by chairman Mujahid Pasha and other BBMP authorities inspected units in Kamakshipalya and Hosahalli areas. Noticing the unhygienic conditions, the authorities imposed a fine of Rs 15,000 on the owners of Beekays Store and Teju's Garam Masala in Kamakshipalya. In Teju’s Garam Masala unit, coriander powder was strewn on the floor and workers did not wear gloves. The BBMP also seized packets of coriander powder. The authorities also raided Bhyraveshwara Foods at Hosahalli, where they found tomato sauce was being prepared in an unhygienic way using poor-quality and rotten tomatoes. They not only shut down the unit but also samples of the sauce were sent to the lab for tests. “We inspected these places based on the complaints received from the public and local corporators. We will conduct more such raids in the coming days in all wards,” the official said. During the raid, the unit of Hindustan Plastics at Kamakshipalya was ordered shut for manufacturing banned plastic cups. However, the management said that they had sought time till July to stop producing plastic products.