FDA drive exposes abysmal conditions in college canteens


The drive of the department of Food and Drug Administration aimed at improving the hygienic conditions in canteens of the colleges in the state continued for the second day in succession on Tuesday with five more college canteens being inspected by the FDA officials in Sanvordem, Quepem and Margao.
The FDA director,  Mr Salim Veljee told The Navhind Times that the inspecting teams on Monday found that the kitchens of the canteens in almost all the colleges were in unhygienic condition and the utensils used for cooking food were not clean and their washing was not done properly and that the facilities for washing was also not proper.
Mr Veljee further stated that the FDA teams had on Monday inspected canteens of four colleges in Panaji, one in Mapusa and five in Margao and found that hygiene was not maintained by the contractors running the canteens besides noting various other discrepancies.
He went on to add that most of the college canteens did not have water filters, which were mandatory for any establishment selling food, so that the clients could use water for drinking. Besides, the FDA teams found that waste disposal by the canteen management was also improper.
The food handlers employed in the canteen did not possess the mandatory health cards, said the FDA director adding that the approval of his department for running the canteens was also missing.
He said that managements of the colleges have been requested to apply for FDA licences and ensure that proper facilities were created in the college canteen failing which strict action, as laid down in law, would be taken. [NT]