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Lall Bazaar meat shops closed for another 15 days

Wednesday, Apr 08, 2020 13:00 [IST]

Last Update: Wednesday, Apr 08, 2020 07:19 [IST]

Lall Bazaar meat shops closed for another 15 days

KUNAL RAI
GANGTOK: Operation of meat shops here behind the Lall Bazaar shopping complex has been suspended for another 15 days as a joint inspection by the authorities on Tuesday felt the hygiene standard was not satisfactory. However, the pork meat shop would be allowed to open within next few days since the outlet had maintained good hygiene in the premises.
All the meat shops behind Lall Bazaar shopping complex had been closed for a week on April 1 for failing to maintain proper cleanliness and food safety standards.
A team consisting of officials from east district administration, Health department, police and Animal Husbandry along with Mayor Shakti Singh Chaudhury and GMC commissioner H.K. Chettri conducted a second inspection today.
The team inspected the meat shops located inside the market and all floors.
Speaking to media, Animal Husbandry additional director Dr. Madan Shanker informed that the shop owners and meat vendors had been directed last time to clean their shop premises and maintain proper hygiene. Our inspection today revealed that the cleanliness initiated was not up to the mark in the shops apart from the pork meat outlet, he said.
“We decided to continue the suspension of the meat market for another 15 days. The pork shop had maintained satisfactory hygiene and it will be operational within next few days after sanitisation. We will again come for checking after 15 days and will allow the shops to open only if we find the shops are clean enough. We are taking this initiative keeping in mind the health safety of the people,” said Dr. Shanker.
He informed that the two shops selling chicken in the complex had remained closed for many days. The team has decided to seal these two chicken shops with immediate effect, he said.

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  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
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