February 15th, 2012
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Kerala hotel food items contaminated

foodKochi: A survey of food samples conducted by the Food Quality Monitoring Lab states that eleven percent of a batch of 2000 food samples contained salmonella bacteria. The food samples collected from different parts of Kerala were tested for their suitability for human consumption. They were tested against standards prescribed by Prevention of Food Adulteration Rules,1955.

The sample included curry powders, rice, and wheat flours, whole spices, soft drinks, pulses, purees, fruits, tamarind and the like. Of 36 samples, 24 samples were of unsatisfactory quality. 17 samples were E Coli contaminated. 22 samples had microorganisms beyond permissable amounts.

Biological analysis of hotel food in the district of Pathanamthitta found that 36 percent of the sample contained E Coli above the acceptable limit. Around 60 percent of the food samples had microorganisms beyond the acceptable limit. These tests were conducted on samples of hotel food items such as biriyani, chapattis, parathas, appam, meat curries and the like.

CFRD Director MK Mukundan said the microbial quality of the samples clearly indicate the unsanitary conditions and unhygienic practices followed in the kitchen during storage, cleaning, and vending of the food items.


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