Kolkata: The Kolkata meat scandal appears to have taken a major toll on the appetite of non-vegetarians for restaurant and outside food in the city of joy.
The carcass meat case that has already triggered a flutter in the state, various medical colleges and hospitals in the city have decided not to serve chicken among the patients as a precautionary measure. Many patients have also become unwilling to have chicken.
Instead of chicken, the patients are getting fish or egg curry, depending on their choice.
The top medical colleges in the city, including the multi super-speciality SSKM and the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, have decided not to serve chicken among the patients, as it might create confusion among them.Most of the medical college and hospital authorities in the city have issued instructions to keep chicken out of the menu, in view of the rotten meat row.
Patients in the government hospitals or medical colleges get chicken once or twice a week. But for the last few days, the hospital authorities have asked the catering companies to not provide chicken to the patients, until the dead meat debacle gets sorted.
According to reports, the seizure of 20,000 kg of rotten meat — suspected to be of carcasses and sourced from dumping grounds — by the state government last week from a cold-storage in Rajabazar area of the state capital is the reason behind this dip in appetite.
For, reports claim that this huge chunk of seized meat was meant for supplying to restaurants, eateries and departmental stores in areas of West Bengal as well as neighbouring Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. Police officials have even claimed that meat may have been supplied to international markets such as Nepal and Bangladesh.
Earlier the Administrative Department of Calcutta University and Jadavpur University have expressed great concerns after a recent revelation came to light which are highly detrimental to human body on ingestion.