Be on your guard when eating out, warn the experts | Bhubaneswar News

BHUBANESWAR: Call it Covid fatigue or an attempt to make up for two lost years, stuck at home due to the pandemic, but eating out is back with a vengeance. From roadside gupchup or chat stands to food trucks or multi-cuisine restaurants, people can be seen everywhere enjoying their favorite dishes, like there’s no tomorrow. But amid this increase in dining out and food delivery at home, experts are seeing a trend of gastrointestinal illnesses as well as concerns about food safety.
“After the Covid, attendance increased considerably. At peak times, customers have to wait for a seat. Previously, we used to have more people on non-veg days, but now we see a rush every day. Eating out has become part of our way of life and it has become normal to go out for a meal or a drink,” said Rajiv Swain, owner of Odisha Hotel.
Increased footfall has put pressure on eateries and eateries to provide quality service with existing infrastructure and experts say the role of food safety inspectors has become increasingly important.
“We regularly raid food vendors, eateries and eateries to ensure quality food, use of quality raw materials, hygiene and cleanliness, waste disposal, etc.”, said Satyajit Patel, Khurda district food security officer.
Doctors have said that food poisoning can occur due to the use of contaminated water, poor quality oil, substandard raw materials, lack of proper hygiene and storage. “The main symptoms of food poisoning are vomiting, stomach cramps, abdominal pain and dysentery. Those running food stalls or restaurants should ensure that staff maintain general hygiene of premises and utensils,” said Dr Manoranjan Mallik, GP at KIMS.

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