SRINAGAR: Municipal authorities, during their surprise inspection of the canteens in the Kashmir University, have found them to be serving adulterated food to students.
Municipal authorities have now served notices to the University canteen.
According to sources, the food safety team of Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) under the supervision of Health Officer, Dr Shafkat Khan inspected the canteens located within the varsity premises and found harmful colouring agents and sodium elements present in the food items sold there.
The canteen adjacent to Iqbal Library was found in gross unhygienic conditions.
The utensils along with the food items were confiscated by the team on the spot.
The cafeteria was also found to be using excessive mono sodium glutamate and synthetic coloring agents which is hazardous for human consumption, Khan said.
While the synthetic coloring agents have various harmful effects on health the monosodium glutamate is believed to lead to various disastrous health conditions including renal failures.
Meanwhile a challan was framed against the manager of the said cafeteria which was later produced before the court of Municipal Magistrate Srinagar.
The manager was warned to desist from using such non permitted food colors and directed to keep the premises well sanitized and fully hygienic in future otherwise the cafeteria shall be sealed, said Dr Khan.
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