In a recent development, the popular South Mumbai eatery, Bademiya, known for its delicious street food offerings, has been temporarily sealed by officials from the Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration (FDA).
The FDA conducted surprise raids at the establishment following several complaints related to hygiene issues.
During the inspections, FDA officials uncovered disturbing evidence of unsanitary conditions in the eatery’s kitchen, including the presence of cockroaches and rats.
Moreover, it was discovered that Bademiya, a 76-year-old establishment, had failed to obtain a license under the Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), raising serious concerns about food safety standards.
Despite these violations, Bademiya operated two branches in South Mumbai and Bandra. In response to the dire state of hygiene and the lack of a valid license, the FDA took swift action, ordering the immediate closure of Bademiya and issuing a cease and desist notice to the owner.
An FDA official stated, “There is an ongoing raid and inspection of restaurants in Mumbai. Bademiya was one of the establishments that came under scrutiny. During our visit today, we discovered that a cloud kitchen was serving meals for two adjoining branches, all without a valid license and with alarming hygiene issues.”
“The FSSAI license had not been renewed for several years,” the official emphasized. “In the interest of public health, this action was deemed necessary.”
Bademiya, which originated in 1946 as a humble seekh kebab counter, has evolved into an iconic food stall and restaurant chain in Mumbai. It has been a beloved landmark and a must-visit destination for tourists in the bustling Colaba area of the city.
In response to these allegations and the subsequent closure of the establishment, the owner of Bademiya defended their position, stating that they had maintained all the necessary licenses, except for the pending renewal of the FSSAI license, which was in progress. The owner reassured authorities that they were fully committed to complying with all regulatory requirements moving forward.
Regarding the concerns raised about the eatery’s hygiene practices, Bademiya’s owner pledged to take immediate corrective measures to ensure the safety of their customers.
This incident serves as a reminder of the crucial importance of upholding food safety and hygiene standards in the restaurant industry, ensuring the well-being of patrons and the reputation of beloved establishments like Bademiya.