Chennai: Officials from Tamil Nadu’s food safety department raided eateries around the state on Friday and Saturday, focusing on non-vegetarian restaurants, motels, and roadside eateries. The raids were carried out after a ten-year-old girl in Arni, Tiruvannamalai district, died of food illness after eating stale biryani on Thursday night, according to department sources.
Situation is tense at Arni after the ten-year-old girl, Lokshana died consuming biryani at Seven Star Biryani centre. At least 21 people were admitted at various hospitals following vomiting and nausea. Doctors said that stale food has led to complications.
Food safety officials inspected the premises of the hotel and found after testing that 15 kg of stale chicken meat was stored in the hotel. Police and food safety officials sealed the eatery and a criminal case was registered against the owner, Kadar Basha, who has been taken in police custody along with his cook.
Following the death of the ten-year-old girl and the hospitalization of 21 people at Arni, the food safety department conducted a series of raids at restaurants, hotels and wayside eateries across the state and recovered huge quantities of stale and contaminated food.
This was on the directive of the state food minister R. Sakkarapani who immediately on receiving information convened a meeting of senior officials of the food safety department and ordered raids on the eateries.
In an interview with IANS, R. Sakkarapani, the minister for food and civil supplies, said: “Following the death of a ten-year-old girl in Arni, Tiruvannamalai, who died after eating stale biryani at an eatery, the state government has pledged to take action against those who serve stale food to customers. This establishment has been closed due to the discovery of stale and tainted chicken meat.”
Searches and raids are being conducted across the state, according to the minister, and anybody found guilty of supplying stale food would be prosecuted.