Chewing gum in Chapatti: Complainant gets notice on ‘false’ claim

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Jul 14, 2015 12:18 IST

Three days after the Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation’s (CITCO) carried out an experiment to check a complaint regarding serving a chewing gum in a chapatti at Mermaid restaurant, Sukhna Lake, a notice was served to the complainant.

A report by the UT food safety cell had also found that the complaint was false and no cooked chewing gum was found in the chapatti. CITCO MD Kavita Singh said: “We have sent a notice to the complainant for lodging a false complaint of serving a chewed gum in a chapatti. An elaborate experiment proved that if a chewing gum stuffed in a roti was cooked then it would melt and not keep sticking as it was.”

Sachin Goyal, a teacher with an IAS coaching academy, who had taken his 16 students for lunch at the restaurant, had complained to the police and food safety cell that a chewed gum was found in the chapatti on July 6.

The MD said following the complaint, they had got detailed probes done. The CITCO staff stuffed a gum and cooked a roti in a tandoor to find out what happens. It was found that the chewing gum melted. Videography of the exercise was also done.

Meanwhile the complainant said: “The gum came in contact with the roti before being served. Now, it is the duty of CITCO management to explain as to when the chewed gum came into contact with the roti. The staff tried to snatch the chapatti when it was brought to their notice.”

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