In a surprise raid, Food Safety Officers of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) found bread crumbs containing artificial colours being used in Bhojohari Manna restaurant and Basanta Cabin at Beadon Street.
Bhojohari Manna restaurant was using bread crumbs in packets marked by Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), but on closer examination it was revealed that it contained artificial colours.
A crate of fish fry fillets was destroyed after it was found that the bread crumbs used by Basanta Cabin restaurant were not approved by FSSAI. “The authorities readily agreed and said they would be using the stuff approved by FSSAI,” an officer said. A big handi of biryani at Fusion restaurant was also destroyed after it was found that it contained a metallic yellow colour which is detrimental to health.
Food safety officer Ghosh said he was happy to find that even street tea stalls selling local delicacy ‘ghugni’ were using branded turmeric. He also said that “Interestingly, 85 percent of the restaurants in Hedua were using FSSAI approved products. These show that our awareness drive for quality food is yielding results.”