Actor Sundeep Kishan’s restaurant in Telangana violates food safety norms

'Vivaha Bhojanambu' restaurant chain specialises in Telugu cuisine from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Rayalaseema regions.

BySouth First Desk

Published Jul 11, 2024 | 3:32 PM Updated Jul 11, 2024 | 3:32 PM

Sundeep Kishan's Vivaha Bhojanambu restaurant violates food safety norms

The Food Safety Department of Telangana conducted a raid on Telugu actor Sundeep Kishan’s restaurant, Vivaha Bhojanambu, located in Secunderabad on 8 July.

The Commissioner of Food Safety’s official handle shared a list of violations committed by the restaurant on social media.

The Commissioner of Food Safety also shared images of coloured grated coconut packets, stored food, and other areas within the restaurant, detailing both adherence to and violations of food safety rules.

Regarding the rules they adhered to, the Food Safety Department stated, “The restaurant displayed a valid FSSAI license on the premises. Food handlers were observed wearing hairnets and uniforms. Pest control records for the premises were accessible.”

They noted violations, stating, “Chittimutyalu Rice (25kg) had a best-before date of 2022, and 500 g of coconut grates contained synthetic food colours. The affected stock was disposed of. Raw and semi-prepared food items stored in steel containers were covered but inadequately labelled.”

Some dustbins lacked lids at the restaurant, as well. “Medical fitness certificates for food handlers were absent. Water stagnation was observed in kitchen drains. There was no water analysis report available for the bubbling water used in food preparation and served to customers,” the report stated.

Before this incident, teams from Telangana’s Commissioner of Food Safety inspected cloud kitchens in Ameerpet, Tolichowki, and Gachibowli areas of Hyderabad, discovering extensive violations at these popular dining establishments.

Sundeep Kishan launched Vivaha Bhojanambu a few years back, and it has since expanded to include branches in Jubilee Hills and AS Rao Nagar in Hyderabad, as well as locations in Tirupati, Ananthapur, and Chennai.

This restaurant chain specialises in Telugu cuisine from Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Rayalaseema regions, recently launching in Chennai at Pharos, a luxurious new hotel replacing Quality Inn Aruna, formerly known for housing some of Chennai’s favourite dining spots.

Meanwhile, a fact checker on X shared a poster issued by the restaurant, clarifying that the photos circulating on social media do not belong to their establishment. The clarification provided explanations to refute each point raised by the food safety department.

The poster also stated that officials identified only “very few minor issues,” unrelated to cooking and safety, which the restaurant owners are “promptly addressing”.

On the work front, Sundeep Kishan recently starred in the Tamil film Captain Miller (2024) alongside Dhanush and in the Telugu film Ooru Peru Bhairavakona (2024).

His upcoming projects include the Dhanush-directed film Raayan, scheduled for release on 26 July. He is also involved in Vibe, directed by Swaroop RSJ, and an untitled project helmed by Trinadha Rao Nakkina.

(Edited by Y Krishna Jyothi)

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