Cuttack Bali Jatra: Over 60 Kg Stale & Unsafe Food Seized, Destroyed On First Day

**Cuttack:** While Bali Jatra is touted as the ultimate street food destination, it also invites multiple cases of food poisoning every year. Several visitors complain of stomach illnesses after relishing the food from the street vendors at Bali Jatra.

The pressure has mounted on district administration and Cuttack Municipal Corporation this year, as visitors from foreign countries will also be thronging Bali Jatra over the next 10 days. The CMC is on its toes and has started conducting raids in the annual mega fair. Under the directions of Cuttack Collector, Municipal Commissioner, Health Officer and Food Safety commissioner, officials are conducting daily raids in the food stalls of Bali Jatra to check for stale food and advise the vendors to maintain hygiene.

Food Safety officer PK Pradhan said, “We are conducting awareness drives for the food vendors to give safe food and drinking water in the stalls keeping the health of people in mind. If we find stale food anywhere then the vendors are receiving a warning and their food items are being destroyed. We had destroyed over 60 kg of food yesterday. Today too, we have conducted raids and these will continue till the end of Bali Jatra.”

“Food business operators are being directed to maintain hygiene and use dustbins. We also have an enforcement squad that is ensuring that Bali Jatra is plastic-free. If we catch any vendor violating the rules more than once, then the stall’s food will be seized, tested and necessary action will be taken against the vendor as per the Food Safety Standards Act,” Pradhan concluded.

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