Konkan region FDA shuts KFC unit in Navi Mumbai

Thane: The Konkan Region Food Drugs and Administration (FDA) today shut down the operations at a KFC unit in Nerul in Navi Mumbai on grounds that water from its purifying unit at Nerul was not upto the specified standards, an FDA official said.

"The officials of the FDA checked the water being used in the RO Unit of the company at Nerul on March 13 and found that the water was not upto the specified standards," FDA Assistant Commissioner Kishore Gore said.

The tests revealed that the level of E.Coli and Coliform Bacteria found in 100ml of water to be 34 as against 0, he said. The company was given a warning and time to improve upon the water however when the water was tested again the levels remained unchanged.

"As the level had not improved the FDA had no option but to shut the unit today," he added. KFC did not respond to an email clarification sent by PTI. The unit at Nerul will remain shut till the company complies with the requirements and submits proof of the same he said.

"Consequent to the action on this Nerul unit of the company the other units will also be under inspection by the FDA," Gore said. KFC is a fast food restaurant chain that is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States, and is the second largest in sales terms after McDonald's, with 18,875 outlets in 118 countries and territories as of December 2013.

The company is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, a restaurant company that also owns the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell in the country.

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