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Hyderabad NGO moves to Lokayukta after finding harmful pathogens in KFC food samples

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Hyderabad: A city-based NGO on Friday approached Lokayukta seeking orders to the governments of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to close down Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) outlets as some samples collected from the fast food giant found to have E.coli and salmonella bacteria.

The company, however, denied the allegations as “false”.

Andhra Pradesh Lokayukta has issued notices to both the state governments asking them to submit a report by August 5.

“Since the samples were tested at a government-run laboratory and found to contain harmful pathogens, we have sought orders to close down KFC,” Achyuta Rao of Andhra Pradesh Balala Hakkula Sangham told IANS.

The NGO, working for the protection of child rights, collected five samples from five KFC outlets in Hyderabad and got them tested at Telangana State Food Laboratory.

The report signed by food analyst A. V. Krishna Kumari confirmed the presence of both E.coli and salmonella bacteria and concluded that the samples were unsafe for consumption.

“I am of the opinion that the sample contains E.coli & salmonella which are pathogens and injurious to health. It is, therefore unsafe,” said the analyst.

Achyuta Rao said that they collected the samples and got the tests done as many children like KFC food. The samples were collected from KFC outlets at Himayatnagar, Vidyanagar, Chikkadpally, Nacharam and ECIL Cross Road on June 18.

KFC, however, dismissed the allegations.

“This alleged report is a case of false allegation. We have no knowledge of the sample being collected from any of our stores and in what condition it has been transported for this alleged test. This is a perishable food item meant for immediate consumption. We have not received any intimation from any authority in this regard,” said a KFC spokesman.

Achyuta Rao however maintained the samples were sent within half an hour to the laboratory in the original packing. He said the veracity of the report can’t be questioned as the tests were done at a reputed government-run laboratory and many states send their samples here.

The KFC, however, said there was no possibility of any microbial development in its food which is freshly cooked at 170 degrees Celsius.

“Given this is an attempt to wrongly malign our brand reputation, we would strongly pursue this case and seek a clarification from the concerned authorities,” the spokesman added. (IANS)

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Flipkart Opens its Second Data Centre in Hyderabad

The data centre has been built in partnership with CtrlS, whose CEO Sridhar Pinnapureddy was also present on the occasion

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Online marketplace Flipkart on Monday opened its data centre in Hyderabad to strengthen its technology infrastructure.

The new data centre, the second in the country and the first in Telangana, is a part of one of the largest private cloud deployments in the country and will help strengthen its growing marketplace e-commerce business, the company said.

It is also expected to enhance the company’s ability to bring in more sellers and MSMEs to the platform and cater to more consumers in the country. This facility has been designed to be Tier-4 rated, most of the power consumed is fulfilled by renewable energy, and it is also one of the mostAenergy efficient data centres in India with a low overall PUE (power usage effectiveness).

The data centre was inaugurated by Telangana’s Principal Secretary, Information Technology and Commerce, Jayesh Ranjan, along with Flipkart Group’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer Rajneesh Kumar.

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The data centre has been built in partnership with CtrlS, whose CEO Sridhar Pinnapureddy was also present on the occasion.

“In the growing e-commerce business of Flipkart, data centres plays a critical role in serving our sellers and customers better, as well as ensuring business continuity. Our new data centre at Hyderabad is a testimony of our investment in the ecosystem and the state. We are determined to continue growing the business and create a viable ecosystem for MSMEs, local manufacturers and in the process create quality local jobs,” Rajneesh Kumar said.

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Jayesh Ranjan said Telangana was the first state to come out with a dedicated policy on data centres. “Flipkart’s investment and commitment to the business will further strengthen Telangana as the first choice of IT and tech companies to not only scout for talent but for further strengthening their technology infrastructure establishments as well,” he said. (IANS)