Fancy Some Rotten Hyderabadi Biryani? Stale Meat Served At Joints

Apart from stale meat, cockroaches and leaking roofs are a few other issues that food joints need to tackle. 

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When officials from the Health Department of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) descended on the locally famous Green Bawarchi restaurant in Mirjalguda in Secunderabad, they found enough reasons to impose penalty.

Officials found meat that was stored in unhygienic conditions for more than a week, while the ideal norm is one day storage. A penalty of Rs 10,000 was imposed and a notice was served.

In January, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) sealed five outlets in a single day, with one of them even allegedly serving rotten fruit juice and cheese with fungus.

Speaking about the raids conducted last month, Devender, Superintendent of the SCB's Sanitation Department, says, “In some kitchens, we saw rats, cockroaches and other insects. The floor was not proper or the roof was leaking. Even the storage system was unhygienic.”

Devender also states that a lot of biryani joints were found violating rules.

“Many times, biryani outlets are the main offenders. Meat in some hotels, which included the meat used for chicken biryani and mutton biryani, was stale and old,” he says.

Referring to the case of Green Bawarchi, he says, “Ideally, they should buy it the same day and cook it. Even if it is one or two days old, we can give them a warning, as they may not have been able to clear the previous day's stock.”

“However, when we checked the bills of the meat from slaughterhouses, we found that some were as old as one week or 10 days. In one earlier case, it was almost two weeks old,” he adds.

Devender also adds that some kitchens had bathrooms attached, meant for employees.

Often, officials levy a heavy penalty on the eateries, or in some cases, shut them down until they are willing to refurnish the premises.

Another restaurant at Habsiguda street raided by the GHMC on Tuesday was caught for using rotten meat and serving leftover biryani to customers, reported Deccan Chronicle.

“We found leftover biryani and stinking meat. The owner admitted the stock was supposed to be disposed of, however, it was already lunch time. The kitchen was also in a poor state of hygiene. The restaurant’s license had expired in March 2016 and was operating illegally,” an official said.

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