Arizona Grill Case Has Shaken Karachi’s Food Landscape!

Arizona Grill case, Chunky monkey reopened
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Karachi, the City of Lights, is known for the variety of activities, the beaches, the beautiful cultures and most importantly the amazing food. When people plan to travel to Karachi, they pre-pick the restaurants they plan on trying since this city has a large variety to offer. Karachi’s food landscape was shaken to the core as two minors lost their precious lives due to food poisoning this weekend after consuming the food offered at Arizona Grill and Chunky Monkey.

Arizona Grill case, Chunky monkey reopened
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Located in the posh locality of Zamzama, Arizona Grill was one of the most frequented restaurants. The amazing food and great service kept customers coming back. Unfortunately, what goes up, must come down and Arizona Grill was sealed shut after two brothers from Karachi died of food poisoning allegedly from the food they ate at Arizona. Consequently, Sindh Food Authority’s director Abrar Shaikh sealed the restaurant.

The food authorities raided the restaurant to determine the actual situation and they found hundreds of expired squash bottles and around 80 kg of rotten meat. The meat was over 3 years old! Sindh Food Authority’s director Abrar Shaikh sealed the restaurant. In an earlier report submitted to Murad Ali Shah, CM Sindh, Abrar Sheikh reported that the restaurant was already given the notice to improve the conditions in terms of hygiene and safety.

Arizona Grill case, Chunky monkey reopened
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One and a half year old Ahmed and five year old Mohammad died of food poisoning, while their mother Ayesha was admitted in the ICU of a private hospital. The authorities investigated and reported that the children dined at Arizona Grill with their parents, after which the also ate candy from a shop outside Chunky Monkey. Chunky Monkey was sealed too but it resumed operations soon after being cleared.

The autopsy of the deceased was carried out by Jinnah Medical Centre. The chemical examination proved that the assumption of food poisoning was correct. Under Section 322, a case has been registered, this section states that whoever has committed the murder or is responsible, is supposed to pay blood money as per the law. Section 272 was also implemented which related to adulteration of food or drink intended for sale.

The food and service industry is a vital sector in Karachi. Restaurants open almost daily and this industry contributes greatly to the livelihood of many. Such a case will definitely impact the demand and supply curve of the food industry.