Monitors seal 3 hotels for hygiene violations

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 18, 2014-

A government market monitoring team on Thursday sealed three hotels on the Prithvi Highway for selling substandard foods.

The roadside hotels were found to be not maintaining cleanliness and serving unhygienic and date-expired food products during a swoop by a joint inspection team from the Department of Commerce and Supplies and the Department of Food Technology and Quality Control. The inspectors also destroyed 200 cartons of date-expired beverages at the hotels and shops on the highway that connects the Capital and the tourist city of Pokhara. According to Rajendra Karki, inspection officer at the department, Hotel Machhapuchchhre and Ganga Laxmi Hotel in Chitwan and Bheri Bhojanalaya in Dharkee, Dhading have been sealed.

“We have directed many other hotels on the highway to maintain quality standards,” he added. The team inspected around 35 hotels in Ram Nagar, Mugling and Dharkee on the Prithvi Highway.

Meanwhile, another monitoring team led by Dhundi Raj Pokharel, an officer at the department, caught a number of shops in Katyani, Sangam Chowk and New Baneshwor in Kathmandu not displaying a price list of their inventory and selling unlabeled products. They were also found to be selling date-expired food items.

Some shops had been operating without registering with PAN. According to Pokharel, the owners of SS Store, Shree Rajya Store, Khanal Nagarik Stores, Dhaulagiri Cold Store, Suresh Store, Sampang Kirana Pasal, New Dahal Enterprises, Seti Mahakali Store, Sapkota Cold Store and Ashutosh Food and Liquor Store were found to be overcharging customers and selling goods without tags stating the price and manufactured date.

The government has intensified their routine inspection from Wednesday at various places in the Kathmandu valley with the aim of controlling black marketing, hoarding and artificial price hikes during the festival season.

“As market monitoring is being held across the country, we have urged customers to be alert about prices and the quality of food items,” said Narayan Prasad Bidari, director general of the Commerce Department.

“The monitoring team can seal the store instantly if anyone is found involved in such malpractices.” The quality control department has mobilized a well-equipped mobile van to carry out inspections.

 

Published: 19-09-2014 09:48

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