In a stern action, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has suspended the licenses of five hotels, including Lemon Tree Hotel Private limited, Holiday Inn Restaurant and Hyatt Place at Hinjewadi, over "lack of cleanliness, preparing food in unhygienic conditions and serving food items beyond their expiry dates".
Licenses of two other hotels - Fortune Select Dasve at Lavasa and Upper Deck resort at Lonavala - were also suspended.
The action comes after a visit by Food Safety Officer Santosh Sawant to Hyatt Place, Holiday Inn Restaurant and Lemon Tree Hotel on August 30 last year. After identifying several lacunae, such as lack of hygiene, the hotels were served notices on September 6, and asked to improve the quality of food, as well as step up cleanliness measures. After the hotels submitted their compliance report on December 11 last year, the FDA conducted a re-inspection but found no change in the issue of cleanliness.
A statement, issued by Joint Commissioner (Food), FDA's Pune pision, Suresh Deshmukh, said the licenses of these hotels have been suspended. The licence of Holiday Inn restaurant and Hyatt Place has been suspended for 15 and 14 days respectively. The licence of Lemon Tree Hotel has been suspended for four days, said Sampat Deshmukh, assistant commissioner (Food) , FDA, Pune. The FDA Joint Commissioner has further urged hoteliers to maintain cleanliness and ensure qualitative standards, failing which strict action will be taken.