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Unveiling the Dark Side of Rameshwaram Cafe and Other Big Names

In a recent investigation, Telangana’s Food Safety team uncovered alarming practices in some of the most popular food outlets. Here are five shocking findings from their inspections, shedding light on the unsanitary and unethical practices that have been hidden from the public eye.

1. Rameshwaram Cafe: A Hub of Expired and Unlabeled Products

The inspectors were appalled to discover that Rameshwaram Cafe, a favorite among many, was using expired and unlabeled products in its food preparation. The findings included:

  • Expired Items: 100 kgs of Urad dal, 10 kilos of Nandini Curd, and 8 liters of milk, all past their expiration dates.
  • Unlabeled Products: A staggering 450 kgs of raw rice, 20 kgs of white lobia, and 300 kgs of jaggery were found without any labeling, raising concerns about their origin and safety.
  • Poor Hygiene: The dustbins in the cafe were not covered properly, increasing the risk of contamination.

These discoveries raise critical questions about the oversight and management within such establishments. The use of expired products can lead to serious health issues, including food poisoning and other gastrointestinal diseases. The lack of labeling also makes it impossible to trace the source of the products, adding another layer of risk.

2. Bahubali Kitchen: A Breeding Ground for Contaminants

Bahubali Kitchen, another popular eatery, was found to be a breeding ground for contaminants. The food safety team uncovered:

  • Synthetic Food Colors: Usage of artificial food colors, which can cause allergic reactions and other health issues.
  • Cockroach Infestation: A severe infestation of cockroaches, posing a significant health hazard.
  • Unhygienic Premises: The overall cleanliness of the kitchen was abysmal, with yeast-infected carrots and stagnant water contributing to the unsanitary conditions.
  • Improper Storage: Food items in refrigerators were not stored correctly, risking cross-contamination.

These findings are a stark reminder of the critical importance of maintaining hygiene standards in food preparation areas. The presence of pests and improper storage can lead to widespread contamination, endangering the health of customers.

3. Baskin Robbins: Expired Products in Plain Sight

The investigation at Baskin Robbins revealed that 66 pieces of Horn White Chocolate, which expired on 12th March, were still being stored in the refrigerator. This blatant disregard for food safety standards is not only unethical but also illegal. Consuming expired products can lead to severe health complications, including foodborne illnesses.

4. Karachi Bakery India: Expired Confectionery Galore

Karachi Bakery India was found to have a range of expired products, including rusks, biscuits, candy, toast, chocolate cakes, and buns worth Rs 5200. This discovery highlights a systemic issue within the bakery, where expired products are not being removed from the shelves, potentially endangering the health of unsuspecting customers.

5. Fast Food Giants: Taco Bell, KFC, Starbucks, and Hard Rock Cafe

The inspection team found several issues in fast food chains:

  • Taco Bell: Poor record-keeping of reused oil, which can degrade the quality of food and pose health risks.
  • KFC: Similar issues with reused oil, which can lead to the formation of harmful compounds.
  • Starbucks and Hard Rock Cafe: Both outlets were found lacking in proper medical certifications for their staff, raising concerns about the overall hygiene and safety standards.

Common Issues Across the Board

The Food Safety Department identified three prevalent issues in almost all inspected hotels and eateries:

  • Outdated Food Items: Use of expired ingredients and products.
  • Poor Hygiene: Inadequate cleanliness and sanitation practices.
  • Unsatisfactory Workers: Lack of proper training and certifications among staff.

The Illusion of Quality Ratings

What is most surprising is that all these establishments boast ratings of 4 stars or higher on popular platforms like Zomato and Swiggy, often with glossy pictures that paint a deceptive picture of quality and hygiene.

A Call for Continuous Inspections

Following the raid, the founders of Rameshwaram Cafe claimed ignorance of laws banning the use of unlabeled products and have initiated an internal inquiry. However, this response is insufficient in the face of such serious violations. The recent controversy involving major brands like MDH, Patanjali, and Everest further underscores the need for stringent and continuous inspections by Food Safety Departments to ensure the safety and well-being of consumers.

The Hidden Dangers We Consume Daily

It’s alarming to consider that millions of Indians might be consuming expired and unlabeled products daily, unaware of the potential health risks. As consumers, we must demand better transparency and stricter enforcement of food safety regulations.

Your Voice Matters

Are you a regular customer at these outlets? Do you feel these brands are exploiting their popularity to deceive customers? It’s time to raise our voices and demand accountability from these food chains.

Conclusion

The findings of the Telangana Food Safety team are a wake-up call for both consumers and regulatory bodies. Continuous vigilance and stricter enforcement are crucial to ensure that the food we consume is safe and hygienic. Let’s hold these brands accountable and prioritize our health and safety above all.

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