Five of the eight food samples the health department had collected from Leo Fort Hotel near BMC Chowk on May 9 and as many samples taken from Vishal Mega Mart, a prominent supermarket, among others have failed quality test conducted at the state drug laboratory in Chandigarh.
The district health department has issued notices to the hotel and the supermarket.
Three the five samples taken from PS Foods in Gajji Gulla locality also failed test. A team of the health department and commiossionerate police had conducted a raid on its manufacturing unit on May
The hotel authorities have been given one-month notice and an option whether they want to go for another test of the food samples that will be conducted at the Central Food Laboratory in Kolkata.
The report from the state drug laboratory in Chandigarh reached the district health department’s office this week following which the department issued notices on Thursday.
Confirming the development, district health officer Dr Balwinder Singh said, “After getting the report, we have issued a notice and given them one-month period to respond.”
All five samples collected from Vishal Mega Mart failed the test, he added. Singh said if the report from the central food laboratory also remained the same, the case would be taken in the court of additional deputy commissioner who may impose a penalty of Rs 5 lakh per sample that failed the test.
Details collected from the health department reveal that of 475 food samples collected from different areas of the city in the past 15 months, as many as 43 samples have failed the quality test.
A team led by the district health officer and food safety officer Dr Harjot Pal Singh had collected food samples from the hotel on May 9 after they received a complaint of stale food being served at a party.
The hotel’s kitchen was found in an unhygienic condition and cockroaches were also spotted there. Health officials had asked the hotel officials to maintain hygiene.
Sukhdev Singh, owner of hotel had claimed that health officials conducted the raid at the behest of Congress leader Nimisha Mehta despite food items were quite hygienic. The entire drama was created to save a bill of Rs 90,000 incurred during the party, he had alleged.
He had also alleged that some people even slapped his manager Gaurav several times.
Mehta had refuted the hotel owner’s allegations. “I was invited by the host and the responsibility of paying the bill was not mine.”
Amit Khanna, who hosted the reception party, had claimed that many of his guests started vomiting and fell sick after consuming food prepared at the hotel.