Idli vendor fills water from toilet, video goes viral

MUMBAI: A video of a Mumbai street food vendor was widely shared on social media, which shows him using tap water from Borivali Railway Station toilet to prepare food. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into the incident.

In the video, the hawker who runs an idli stall on the pavement could be seen fetching water from a toilet to prepare the chutney, which is served as an accompaniment with the dish.

In the 45-second long video, the man, confronted on the camera appeared quite nervous over being caught and throws away the water that had been filled in a white plastic barrel.

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The video, however, doesn’t mention the time or date of the incident.

The FDA has also issued a public warning against using such water, which could be contaminated. It has also issued a public warning against usage of such water, which could be contaminated.

Shailesh Adhav, Food and Drug Administration official, said, “The video has come to our knowledge. We will conduct an enquiry against him as well as others who use such methods to do business. Such water is not healthy for consumption. People may get affected.”

Asked about the probable action that could be initiated against such vendors, the FDA official said, “When the person is caught his license will be checked and if any sample is found, it is seized. Necessary action will be taken.”

Adhav, however, asserted that the short-video needs to be probed further to decisively conclude about the place of incident and time. “We have seen the video. We have to check what place the video was shot at. Action as necessary will be taken after the probe”, said Adhav.

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