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Food Inspector Shortage a Global Issue

The shortage of food inspectors isn’t just a problem in the US (as we previously posted about in Chicago) but a problem all over the world, as this Times of India article makes clear. Insufficient inspection leads to more restaurants operating without inspection or licensing, which leads to more foodborne illness outbreaks.

The Times of India reports on this problem in Hyderabad, India, where the increase in both population and in restaurants has increased the strain on the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Council, the city government, which is experiencing a severe crisis in the number of qualified inspectors.

“[T]he GHMC, with a severe staff crunch, is struggling to put a check on the malpractices followed at the ever-growing numbers of food centres in the city. Ravi Kiran [the] assistant commissioner [for the] GHMC said, ‘There is a requirement of 26 food inspectors in the GHMC limits and we just have four. Even though we are doing our best, it is still not enough.’”

Read more here.