Mangalore: 'Rat sambar' in mid-day meal - ZP CEO inspects Iskcon kitchen
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore
Mangalore, Jul 31: A day after a rat was found in the mid-day meal at Krishnapur government school, Dakshina Kannada zilla panchayat CEO Dr Tulasi Maddideni on Tuesday July 30 inspected the mid-day meal preparation unit of Iskcon near Urwa Market, which had supplied the food.
Speaking to reporters after her visit, she said, "The officials should ensure that there are no shortcomings or mistakes committed while giving mid-day meals to students," she said.
As a half-roasted rat was found in the mid-day meal given to Krishnapur government high school on July 29. The meal was supplied by the Iskcon centre. The ZP CEO inspected the kitchen of the meal preparation unit and checked all aspects in the kitchen including cleanliness and hygiene.
"Investigation will be done to determine how the rat fell into sambar and a report will be sent to the government," she said.
Nandanacharyadas, incharge of Akshaya Patra at Iskcon said, "We do not know how the rat fell into the sambar. At Iskcon, we prepare food giving importance to cleanliness and use modern equipment. The food it prepared at a temperature of over 100 degree celsius. If a rat had fallen in, it would have melted, and more importantly, we first check the sambar before sending. The food is sent in our own vehicle and we do test control every week," he said.
Akshara Dasoha officer Manjula K S, Suratkal police station inspector M A Nataraj among others were present.