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BMC cracks down on vendors selling stale food

To avoid spread of summer-related ailments,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation...

Written by Sharvari Patwa | Mumbai | May 10, 2010 3:43:00 am

To avoid spread of summer-related ailments,the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has tightened its noose around roadside vendors selling sub-substandard food and drinks. In April alone,BMC has taken action against over 1,500 vendors.

“Action has been taken against hawkers selling eatables,sherbet,ripe fruits and mithai unfit for consumption,” said Dr G T Ambe,executive health officer.

According to the data available with health department,nearly 3,821 kg of eatables,3,259 litres of sherbet and 3428 kg of fruits have been destroyed between March 15 and April 15.

The health department is taking action against road side vendors to prevent diseases like typhoid,jaundice,gastroenteritis and diarrhea,said G T Ambe.

“Many times,the sherbet is made from contaminated water leading to diseases among children,said G T Ambe adding,“We will keep taking action against these vendors till the monsoon arrives.”

Many vendors sell uncovered food items which damages the quality of food. The civic body has cracked on vendors mostly from areas like Marine Drive,Colaba,and Chowpatty.

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