The well-known South Mumbai restaurant Bademiya was closed on Wednesday following raids by Maharashtra’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
The FDA inspected the restaurant due to cleanliness allegations. At the time of the investigations, officials discovered cockroaches as well as rats in the eatery’s cooking area, according to reports.
Further inspection revealed that the 76-year-old establishment did not have a licence from the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India. Regardless of this, the eatery had two locations in South Mumbai as well as Bandra.
The FDA quickly shuttered Bademiya because of the unsanitary kitchen and lack of a licence, and its manager was issued a stop-work order.
“There is an ongoing FDA raid and inspection of restaurants in Mumbai.” One of the hotels that has been searched for is the Bademiya. The surveillance team and our local officer arrived here (Bademiya) this afternoon and discovered a cloud kitchen serving meals for two of its surrounding branches. An FDA source told India Today, “There was no licence granted to the eatery, and hygiene issues have also surfaced.”
“The FSSAI licence had not been renewed for several years, according to the official. In the interests of public health, this was necessary,” he continued.
In response, the restaurant owner claimed to have all essential licences other than the one from FSSAI, which he stated is now being processed. The owner has stated his willingness to work with authorities. They also stated that they would be careful to provide safe food to their visitors.
This comes only weeks after a client discovered a rat that died in their dinner at Mumbai’s Papa Pancho da Dhaba restaurant, generating outrage. The FDA reportedly temporarily stopped that as well, and the cook and management of the shop were caught.
According to a report, “the FDA also discovered that the restaurant’s two different branches (Bandra and South Bombay) were operating without legal licensing.”They lacked a Food Safety and Standards Administration licence”.
Despite having been in business for 76 years, they did not have a licence from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
On both Zomato and Swiggy, Bademiya shows up as unavailable and not taking deliveries on Thursday, September 14. CNBC-TV18 calls to the Colaba and other Bademiya branches did not receive a response as of midday on Thursday, September 14.
In reply, the restaurant’s manager reported having all required licences, with the exception of one from the FSSAI, which is now being processed. In addition, the owner stated that he was ready to cooperate fully with the authorities. They also stated that they would be more cautious when serving sanitary food to clients.