The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) pulled down hotels in Lonavala after they were found guilty of serving stale food, expired products like milk, vegetables, stale meat, and masalas. This drive was carried out by the FDA in the special investigation they conducted and the reason for this investigation was the approaching monsoons, they wanted to ensure that tourists and visitors are not eating stale food.
Lonavala is the most preferred destination in the monsoon, and you mostly see people from Mumbai and Pune coming here since it is just a drive away and is the perfect weekend getaway. But how sure are we that these weekend destinations are safe enough, especially in the food department. We have always been warned by our elders that outside food, especially in the rainy season, is a big no-no. And after taking a look at these images from Lonavala restaurants, I think I just lost my appetite.
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10 hotels were found to violate the FDA rule and were serving stale food for god knows how long. These hotels are Hotel United 21, Kailash Parbat, Kumar Resort, Rhythm Lonavala, Kinara Village, Hotel Dela Vista, Obetel Grande Resort, Hotel Sterling, The Lagoons Resort, and Valvan Village Resort. These are some most frequently visited restaurants in Lonavala and it is shameful to see them serving unhygienic food to tourists. And if they are the ones serving stale food, then I cannot even imagine the small stalls that serve food.
SB Naragude, assistant commissioner, FDA, said, “Most of the kitchens were unhygienic and expired food items were seized and destroyed. We will be issuing them notices, following which further action will be taken.” Pune Mirror reports. Let’s hope these hotels will be shut before the next weekend comes!
What I am surprised is at the reaction the owners of these hotels had! They refused to accept the allegations saying, hotels that have less footfall are the ones that serve stale food.