Food samples were collected from the outlet and sent to the lab to undergo tests.
Officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) raided the posh Hotel Hyatt at Nanakramguda and filed the outlet Rs 26,000 for using unstamped meat.
Food inspectors who inspected the hotel, also levied an additional penalty of Rs 13,65,600 as part of dues towards their license fees.
While the hotel had a license, the amount was due, and a cheque was handed over the GHMC for the same.
The GHMC officials collected food samples from the outlet and sent them for forensic exams. They also instructed the hotel management against repeating the error, a press release said.
“The management was using unstamped meat and was not segregating the waste into dry and wet,” Dr Abdul Wakil assistant director (West Zone, Veterinary Section) of GHMC, was quoted as saying.
The GHMC has asked outlets to only use ‘stamped’ meat, which come from slaughterhouses that are issued permission and monitored by the municipal body, in accordance with norms and rules, to ensure the meat is safe for consumption.
However, since this meat is costly, eateries make their purchases from local butchers, thereby putting public health at risk.
This is not the first such posh eatery to be raided and fined by the GHMC.
In September last year, a restaurant in Hyderabad’s posh Inorbit Mall was raided, and was found to have an unhygienic kitchen and was selling ‘unstamped’ meat. A fine of Rs15,500 was imposed on the management.
In April last year, the GHMC slapped a fine of Rs 30,000 on the Novotel hotel in Madhapur after alleged violations related to the procuring and storing of meat.
The same month, the GHMC imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on a ‘Best Price’ Walmart outlet in the city that was selling ‘unstamped’ meat.
Outlets in Forum Mall and Manjeera Mall in Kukatpally have also been penalised in the past. #KhabarLive