Hygiene..or lack of it…

Very often, we find the shops where we buy our foodstuff or sweets very well-done up, all glass and chrome and tiles…but ulitmately, how conscious are the owners about hygiene?

I found this today on a friend’s blog:

I had been to KC Das sweet outlet in Jayanagar 9th block, Bangalore today. I was shocked to see that there was a huge full grown cockroach feeding on one of the sweet trays there. It shows the level of hygene they maintain there and I would suggest everyone to avoid the place. I myself am not going to that shop ever again.

So…how would one know, if that cockroach is just out of sight when one visits the shop? Truly, we do place a lot of trust, sometimes misplaced, in the hygiene of those who cater to our food needs….

7 Comments so far

  1. Roach Motel (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 1:43 am

    Cockroaches need to be educated about hygiene too – Or, maybe in this case the roaches didn’t like K.C.Das

  2. Mytri (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 3:30 am

    Please, always link to the blog you are quoting from. Otherwise it creates unnecessary “gossip” by attributing it to hearsay.
    I enjoy all the colorful writeups you have been doing. How you have observed and taken pictures of things we seem to take for granted and rarely notice.

  3. Libran Lover (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 5:20 am

    Anytime you eat outside, in any place, you can simply never be 100% sure of the hygiene. There are just too many ways in which hygienic practices can be broken. A visible cockroach is easiest to spot. How can you be sure that the person preparing the food stuff washed his/her hands properly? How can you be sure that the person did not cough or sneeze all over the food s/he was handling? Hygiene in outside food is only a matter of faith.

  4. J (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 10:22 am

    Do we know what is happening inside the kitchens? so, it’s upto you to take a call whether you want to eat out or not. In case of 2-3% of restaurants, maybe you can be sure of the hygine factor (upmarket ones), still..
    So, pls refrain from such posts which will only generate a series of email forwards (especially quoting the name of the restaurant). A complaint to the manager would be a better action.

    PS: I dont have anything to do with KC Das.

  5. Ajith (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 11:31 am

    A good indicator would be the way the toilets/rest-rooms are maintained. If the publicly visible areas of the restaurant are not kept clean, imagine how dirty the other areas (like the kitchen) would be. The way the restrooms and the other public-areas of the restaurant are maintained will reflect the management’s commitment to hygiene.

    I read about this long back from a chef’s blog.

  6. Raghu (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 4:41 pm

    I thought I am seeing a STAR News report or IBN’s big moral Question of the Day..!
    QOTD: Can we trust our restaurants on hygiene ?
    *Rs. 6 for one SMS.

  7. Suyog (unregistered) on July 9th, 2007 @ 11:54 pm

    Deepa avare, knowing the general state of hotels in Bangalore and in India, the only way you can avoid such encounters is not to visit them at all. No place can have the kind of cleanliness that we maintain at home. If we do not regularly see such stuff, it is just a matter of coincidence or luck.

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