Inquiry on stadium snacks

The Kamrup (metro) district administration has initiated an inquiry into the alleged sale of contaminated food items at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here during the Fifa U-17 World Cup matches yesterday.

By Manash Pratim Dutta in Guwahati
  • Published 13.10.17
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Guwahati, Oct. 12: The Kamrup (metro) district administration has initiated an inquiry into the alleged sale of contaminated food items at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here during the Fifa U-17 World Cup matches yesterday.

A spectator had found pieces of mosquito coil in his packet of popcorn and informed the district administration. Deputy commissioner M. Angamuthu directed Dispur circle officer Ranjit Konwar, assistant commissioner Pankaj Bora and food safety officers P.C. Das and M. Bhuyan to carry out the probe.

The inquiry found that Standard Sweets and Caterers, New Delhi, was awarded the contract for selling snacks at the venue. The firm sublet the contract to Rahul Kumar, a resident of Calcutta. He further sublet it to Bipul Saha, a resident of Barasat. Saha engaged Mani Mohan Biswas of Calcutta for manufacturing, packaging, selling popcorn.

The inquiry team visited the packaging facility at Kalimandir Path here. It collected samples for analysis and sealed the packaging facility for non-compliance of food safety norms.

Further action will be taken based on the report, the district administration said.