Lizard In Choley Bhature: Ut To File Case, Eatery May Face Fine | Chandigarh News

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Chandigarh: The UT administration’s food safety department has filed criminal charges against a food outlet at Elante Mall after a lizard was found in a plate of choley bhature served to a customer on Tuesday.
Food safety inspector Nisha Syal and officials and police took the plate and samples from the restaurant.
Sukhwinder Singh, Food Safety Officer (FSO), said: “We have initiated proceedings to bring a criminal action against the South Indian food store after the discovery of a lizard in the choley bhature. Such negligence that puts people’s lives at risk cannot be ignored at any cost.
He said a police station had been asked to register an FIR against the owner of the outlet for negligence. “It is up to the court to impose the sentence. which can reach up to Rs 2 lakh in such cases,” he added.
However, Santosh, the owner of the outlet serving South Indian cuisine, said: ‘The lizard must have fallen from the ceiling as it was not present in the food. We take the utmost precautions against flies, pests and reptiles in our kitchen.
Sector 15 resident Dr JK Bansal (66) and his wife said they ordered a dosa and choley bhature at the restaurant. “While we had already eaten half of the bhature, suddenly, while taking the next bite, a small lizard came out of the plate. We immediately called the food counter manager, Sanjay Thakur, but he told us offered Rs 200, the cost of choley bhature, and wanted to take the plate back, he also tried to pull the plate, but I held it tight and called the police.
Food safety inspector Nisha Syal sent food samples for lab testing.
A spokesperson for Elante said: ‘We are aware of the regrettable incident that occurred in the food court of our premises run by ‘Ayaan Foods’. The health and safety of our customers is of the utmost importance to us and we will take all necessary measures to ensure that such incidents can be avoided and will assist the authorities in a thorough audit of food safety in the area of restoration.
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