Claiming that the food outlets run by foreigners along coastal belt have become dens of drug trade, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Tuesday said the food and drugs administration will soon start a crackdown on these non-licensed establishments like restaurants, clubs and other eateries.
Speaking to media persons, Rane said that a team of FDA officials has been formed to crack down on the food outlets run by the foreigners.
The team will be provided with adequate police protection.
“We have prepared a list of foreigners running businesses in different parts of Goa especially along the coastal belt. I have requested the deputy inspector-general of police to provide police protection to the FDA team for conducting inspections and raids on the establishments run by foreigners,” he said.
He warned that the foreigners running businesses without the FDA licence will not be spared, and their premises will be sealed.
The FDA team will first start cracking the whip in North Goa and then move down to South Goa.
The Health Minister maintained that several foreigners have been running the food joints, which double up as drug trade dens.
The FDA will continue checking all the segments of the food industry – ordinary hotels, five-star hotels, beach shacks and clubs.
“The FDA is going to ensure that hygiene and good safety standards are maintained. Nobody can take us for a ride,” he said, adding that the teams will also inspect the night clubs operating along the beach belt.
Stating that the government will amend the existing law to strengthen the FDA with more powers, he thundered that he will not give in to any pressure while cracking down on the illegal food establishments.