Hyderabad Eateries Under Fire: Maida Infested With Black Beetles, Expired Milk, Poor Hygiene Uncovered

A recent inspection by the Telangana Food Safety Department uncovered severe hygiene violations at popular Hyderabad eateries, including 'Rayalaseema Ruchulu' and 'Shah Ghouse.' Inspectors found insect-infested maida and tamarind, expired milk, and poor storage practices.
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Hyderabad: A task force team from the Telangana Food Safety Department inspected eateries in Hyderabad’s Lakdikapul area on Saturday and discovered several unsanitary conditions. They collected samples to be sent to the laboratory for analysis.
At 'Rayalaseema Ruchulu,' inspectors found 20 kg of maida infested with black beetles, which was discarded along with 2 kg of tamarind infested with insects and expired Amul milk. Additionally, 168 Goli Soda bottles were seized due to the lack of a manufacturing licence. Unlabeled cashews and jawar roti worth Rs 11,000 were also discarded. Inspectors noted improper storage practices and hygiene issues in the kitchen area.
At Shah Ghouse, the team found unlabeled prepared and semi-prepared items in storage. Medical records for food handlers were also unavailable. A statutory sample of stagnant water was collected and sent to the lab for analysis, as per a TT report.
Meanwhile, a series of raids over the past month on Hyderabad's popular eateries has revealed significant food safety and hygiene violations. Authorities also found numerous other hygiene issues in previous inspections, such as stale food, insects in vegetables, reused oil, open dustbins, staff not using hair caps or gloves, substandard water quality, and unlabelled food items.
These problems were identified not only in roadside stalls but also in high-end cafes, fine dining restaurants, and upscale pubs.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) launched this extensive operation following consumer complaints about deteriorating food quality. Random inspections began in areas like Banjara Hills, Jubilee Hills, HiTec City, and Gachibowli.
The aim is to raise awareness about food safety rather than shut down establishments, officials said, noting that some restaurants did maintain high hygiene standards.
Consumers have expressed both relief and frustration, criticising the GHMC for delayed action and demanding stricter penalties for violators. Many are shocked that well-known restaurants, including nationwide chains, would compromise customer safety. They urge the civic body to revoke the licences of offending eateries and prioritise food quality over decor.
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