Popular Chennai restaurant fined for selling stale meat

Food safety officials in Tamil Nadu have allowed a popular multi-cuisine restaurant in Chennai to resume operations two days after it was issued with a fine and notice to stop selling after complaints of poor hygiene.

A team led by Dr. Satish Kumar, the appointed Food Safety Officer in Chennai, conducted a surprise check in the restaurant near Anna Nagar on Monday evening and found that its kitchen was not well maintained and failed to follow standard food storage protocols.

In a video shared by officials, it can be seen that the restaurant did not dispose of leftover food and stored it in the refrigerator instead.

“We received a complaint that the restaurant was selling stale meat. We inspected the premises on Monday and found that they were in violation of protocols. Nearly 30 kg of meat and fish including prawns were seized. We issued a notice to stop the sale and imposed a fine of Rs 5,000. They were asked to dispose of all Existing food items and cleaning kitchen premises. At their request, we conducted a second round of inspection today and told them they can operate from tomorrow provided they adhere to the protocols issued by the Food Safety Administration,” the food safety official said on Wednesday.

The officer further said that management would take strict action if the restaurant violated the rules again.

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