Central Railway (CR) has imposed a complete ban on the sale of lemon and other syrup-based juices at food stalls under its jurisdiction after the video of such a drink being allegedly prepared unhygienically went viral.
The viral video purportedly showed a man using water from the tank placed over a food stall on a platform at Kurla railway station for preparing lime juice. He was also seen squeezing lemons in a drum and stirring the mixture with his bare hands.
The video went viral on social media Monday evening after the commuter tagged it CR’s official Twitter handle. Following which, officials reached the spot, collected samples of the juice and sealed the stall.
CR’s Principal Chief Commercial Manager Shailendra Kumar confirmed that lemon and other synthetically flavoured juices made by mixing water would not be sold at its stations going forward.
The ban, which came into effect on Wednesday, does not include fresh juices made by crushing fruits.
The decision was taken in view of the health risks for passengers consuming juices prepared in unhygienic conditions.
“We can’t deploy our staff on every station to monitor the juice-making process and use of water in it. Therefore, we have decided to stop the sale of these water-based lemons and synthetically flavoured juices,” Kumar said.Back to latest news