A shocking incident unfolded in a suburban restaurant in Bandra, Mumbai, where a customer discovered a dead rat in a chicken dish they had ordered on a Sunday night. The customer, a bank executive, had visited the restaurant after a shopping spree. As the customer was enjoying their meal, the unexpected discovery of a dead baby rat in the chicken dish turned their dining experience into a disturbing ordeal.
Appalled by the horrifying find, the customer promptly lodged a complaint, leading to swift action by the Bandra police. The manager and two cooks of the restaurant were taken into custody and subsequently booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including charges related to adulteration of food meant for sale and endangering the safety of others. Despite the arrests, they were later released on bail.
The customer’s initial ignorance of the rat in the curry led them to consume some of it, mistaking it for a piece of chicken. However, as suspicion arose over the meat’s authenticity, they realized the horrifying truth – a dead baby rat had been served to them in the dish. The incident prompted the customer to voice their grievances to the restaurant staff, who apologized for the shocking discovery.
Alarming consequences followed the discovery, as the customer started feeling unwell after consuming the tainted food. In response, the customer sought medical attention from a doctor.
Authorities were swift to respond to the incident. The Maharashtra Food and Drug Administration (FDA) launched an investigation, taking a sample of the food from the restaurant for further examination. A representative from the Maharashtra FDA emphasized the seriousness of the situation, stating that samples of both the food and raw chicken would be sent to a laboratory to determine the extent of the contamination and ensure public health safety.
The incident has triggered concerns over food safety and raised questions about the restaurant’s hygiene practices. As the investigation unfolds, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of maintaining stringent food safety standards in the culinary industry to prevent such distressing incidents and safeguard the health of customers.