On Wednesday, the Kannur Corporation’s Food Safety Department performed unannounced inspections in restaurants and cafés.
Officials seized expired food from 58 restaurants, the majority of which served Arabic cuisine including tandoori chicken and al-fahm. Even plates with maggot infestations were discovered. The department sent notices to every entity.
As part of Operation Holiday on Tuesday, suprise raids were conducted at 429 restaurants throughout the state.
Of those, 43 establishments received orders to close, 22 for failing to uphold the department’s hygiene standards and 21 for operating without a licence. 138 restaurants received notices, while 44 restaurants supplied food samples for testing.
Health Minister Veena George said inspections will continue in the coming days as well.