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Dec, 06 2014

Food samples of major restaurant chains in Delhi found unsafe: Food Safety Officials

The Delhi High Court has been informed about the same by the officials and an affidavit filed by the designated officer from the department states that the presence of artificial colour makes these dishes 'unfit' for consumption.

The food samples recently collected by the city government's Food Safety Department from restaurant chains like KFC, Sagar Ratna and Bikanervala were found to be unsafe and sub-standard, according to a report published by ETRetail.com.

The Delhi High Court has been informed about the same by the officials and an affidavit filed by the designated officer from the department states that the presence of artificial colour makes these dishes ‘unfit’ for consumption.

Short affidavit filed before the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and R S Endlaw stated that the samples of ‘Rizo Rice’ taken from KFC at Scindia House in Connaught Place, since January 2013 till October 2014 are found to have artificial colour.

"Rice samples collected for testing from Sagar Ratna restaurant at gate no 2 metro station of GTB Nagar, were also found to be unsafe," said S K Gupta, the designated officer.

Samples of fruit and vegetable chutney from Bikanervala restaurant at ITL Tower in Netaji Subhash Place were found to be substandard, the affidavit said.

"Several samples of ghee and butter collected in the past two years from various eateries were found to be of sub-standard quality and were misbranded to mislead the public," it said.

Moreover, samples of fruit chutney picked up from the market and instances have come to notice regarding addition of colour in the chutney, it said.

"One sample of fruit and vegetable chutney was found to be of sub-standard and action against the offenders has been initiated," the affidavit filed through Delhi government's standing counsel Zubeda Begum said.

However, the eateries have denied the allegations and mentioned that their products are safe for consumption. The court is hearing a plea seeking an immediate ban on the sale of fruits and vegetables that contain artificial colours and harmful pesticides.

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