'Dead lizard' found in food at Haldiram's, FDA cracks whip
    Nagpur, May 15 (PTI) A man allegedly found a dead
lizard in a food item served at the snacks major Haldiram's
outlet here, a Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) official
said on Wednesday.
    The incident took place at the outlet located at Ajani
square on Tuesday morning. The picture of the dead lizard
found in 'vada sambar' went viral on the social media.
    "The man and a woman accompanying him, both from
Wardha, had ordered vada sambar at the outlet. But while
eating, the man found a dead lizard in the food. They brought
this to the notice of the outlet's supervisor, who later on
threw it away," assistant commissioner of FDA (Nagpur) Milind
Deshpande told PTI.
    "They were later admitted to a private hospital and
discharged on Wednesday," he adsded.
    The duo, however, neither spoke to media, not lodged a
complaint in this regard.
    "The FDA was informed about it in the evening, after
which we immediately visited the the Haldiram's outlet and
conducted an inspection. We found certain deficiencies in its
kitchen. The windows of the kitchen need to be fitted with
nets, which was missing," Deshpande said.
    "The FDA has closed the outlet till they complete the
compliance as per the Food Safety and Standards (Food business
licences and Registration) regulations 2011. They have
submitted a compliance report to us. We will inspect the
premises and if we find the steps taken are satifsactory, only
then we will allow it to reopen," he added.
    When contacted, a senior office-bearer of Haldiram's
told PTI that they doubted the veracity of consumers' claim.
    "But we admitted them to nearby hospital. They were
kept under observation for 24 hours and their medical reports
were normal. They have been discharged today.
    "We have submitted a compliance report to the FDA," he
said. PTI CLS