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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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Addition of 2 New Districts in Telangana, Number Rises to 33

A final notification was issued by the Revenue Department about the creation of two new districts - Mulugu and Narayanpet.

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Telangana, District, Hyderabad
In 2016, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts. Pixabay

The number of districts in Telangana rose to 33 with two new districts coming into being on Sunday.

A final notification was issued by the Revenue Department about the creation of two new districts – Mulugu and Narayanpet.

While Mulugu has been carved out of Jayashankar Bhupalapally district, Narayanpet came into being with the division of the existing Mahabubnagar district.

This followed demands from the local people. The in-charge district collectors of the two new districts on Sunday inaugurated the collectors’ offices. Local public representatives attended the functions.

Telangana, District, Hyderabad
In 2016, TRS government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts. Pixabay

It had 10 districts when it came into being as India’s 29th state on June 2, 2014, after it was carved out of Andhra Pradesh.

 

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In 2016, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) government reorganised Telangana to create 21 new districts.

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao said smaller districts would help in better administration as they could have better focus on implementation of development and welfare schemes. (IANS)