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Blinkit Warehouse in Medchal Malkajgiri District Found Violating Food Safety Norms

CIO Insider Team | Friday, 7 June, 2024

A Blinkit Warehouse in Devar Yamjal, Medchal Malkajgiri District has come under a number of violations after an examination by the task force of Telangana’s Commissioner of Food Safety.

Upon discovery, the warehouse appeared shabby with dusty storage racks and the absence of a Fostac trainee, which is necessary for appropriate instruction on food safety.

The food handlers were observed to be not using any necessary safety equipment, including aprons, gloves, and headgear. There were also no medical fitness certificates for these workers, which is a severe health risk.

“Task force team has conducted inspection in Blinkit Warehouse at Devaryamjal, Medchal Malkajgiri District…The premises found to be very disorganized, unhygienic and dusty at storage racks (sic),” the food safety commissioner said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.

“Suspected infested Whole Farm Ragi flour and Toor dal of worth Rs.52k was seized and samples sent to lab,” it added.

The cosmetics and food items were stored in an unorganized manner, which greatly posed the danger of contamination.

The raid found out that Whole Farm Congruence Trade and Services Pvt Ltd's license violated the FSS Act, especially with regard to the address listed on the label. It was aid that an email will be sent to the company about this matter.

Furthermore, it was discovered that some Kamakshi Foods products had permits that had expired. Food goods worth Rs. 30,000, including Suji, Raw Peanut Butter, Maida, Poha, Besan, and Bajra, were confiscated.

The task force collected samples of contaminated Whole Farm Ragi Flour and Toor Dal, valued at Rs. 52,000, for another lab examination.

The food handlers were observed to be not using any necessary safety equipment, including aprons, gloves, and headgear.

Authorities ordered issuance of notice to the culpable parties with an additional action to be taken in response to the results.

This inspection emphasizes how crucial it is to strictly follow food safety laws to protect the health and safety of consumers.

The raid at the warehouse of the quick commerce platform occurs during a period of significant growth for the industry, which also includes players like Zepto, supported by Nexus Venture Partners, Prosus, backing Swiggy's Instamart, and Tata Digital, backing Big Basket's BB Now.

As of March 31, Blinkit had 526 dark stores, or mini warehouses, operating throughout India. By the conclusion of the 2025 fiscal year, the company hopes to have 1,000 dark stores. In order to supply the dark stores, it also runs a number of larger warehouses outside of cities.

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