Hyderabad: The Greater Municipal Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) appears determined not to spare anyone in its ongoing raids on restaurants.
The municipal corporation fined Rs 10,000 on Thursday after attacking a Walmart store in the town that was selling “undamaged” meat.
According to reports, a team of three members of the GHMC also found that they sold meat, obtained from Nagpur.
By asking them to dispose of the meat, the GHMC also warned them against rigorous action.
“At Walmart, food safety is a top priority and an integral part of our culture of compliance … We are continually working to mitigate food safety risks and work with all stakeholders, including suppliers. We adhere to very strict quality standards and ensure that our suppliers are valid licenses from the FSSAI from the start when we begin to respond to them, “said a Walmart spokesperson.
This occurred just days after the GHMC raided the Y2K restaurant in Panjagutta and sealed it, and amended six other restaurants for lack of hygiene and poor food standards.
GHMC officials fined Almas Palace in Jubilee Hills, Papadams in Vanasthalipuram, Maharaja Restaurant and Bar, Mount Paradise Bar & Family Restaurant and Sri Siddhi Udupi Tiffin & Restaurant.
In recent weeks, the GHMC has been conducting massive raids across the city.
The municipality allegedly attacked more than 70 restaurants, 54 of which were using meat and had dirty kitchens.
This happened after GHMC asked hotels within their limits, to maintain hygienic premises and to use only stamped meat from notified abattoirs.
“This is a public-private partnership and the GHMC allows private agencies to create and manage these notified slaughterhouses in accordance with our standards and rules, so we can be sure that the meat here is healthier “, A GHMC health wing official had already declared TNM.
However, given that this meat is expensive, several restaurants make purchases from local butchers, putting public health at risk.
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Officials also say that in many places they found meat that was stored in unsanitary conditions for more than a week, while the ideal standard is a day of storage.