HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Department of Food Technology and Quality Control has today sought explanation from two hotels in the Kathmandu.
“We found unlabeled spices used in Everest hotel and Dwarika hotel,” said spokesperson at the department Pramod Koirala. “They have to present themselves at the department with explanation after correcting their mistakes.”
According to food and consumer laws, food bought from market must have label describing the ingredients, manufacturing date, expiry date and maximum retail price. Breach of the provisions attracts Food Act 1966 and Consumer Protection Act 1998. The authority also found unhygienic kitchen in the Everest hotel. “Kitchen at the Everest hotel was not as per the standard for the food safety,” he said, adding that it is a concern of public health.
Everest Hotel authority admitted mistakes. “There are some spices without label but the kitchen was clean,” said chef of the hotel Mohan Thapa. “There were uncovered foods in kitchen because of the clients’ orders,” he said, adding that they had three parties in the morning. The hotels have said they are serious in correcting their mistakes.
“The kitchen at the Dwarika was clean and hygienic but it has been using unlabeled spices,” according to food authority. “There was no manufacturing date in Shiva Shakti brand spices we use,” said chef of the hotel Dil Bahadur Budhathoki.