A shocking video has outraged social media users after showing a canteen worker in India using his feet to mix food for hungry university students.
Shared by Twitter user ‘ComicsParthian’ on Monday, 28th August, the footage shows the Sodexo employee stamping over a gravy-based meal placed inside a large container.
The video – taken at the prestigious OP Jindal Global University in the city of Sonipat, Haryana state, India – instantly urged authorities to take action on the matter.
The university’s registrar said: “We have taken cognisance of a matter relating to food preparation by a food service company with extreme seriousness.
“We have ensured that the food material will not be used for consumption by members of the JGU community.
“As an immediate measure, we have issued a show-cause notice to the CEO of the company, seeking a written explanation and assurances on this matter.
“We will take the strictest action against all those involved in such egregious practices regarding food and dining services.
“Subsequently, we have visited the kitchen and the dining areas to ensure all corrective measures are immediately taken up.
“We had meetings with all stakeholders, including students, in addition to having elaborate discussions with the top leadership of the food service company.”
Additionally, university officials stated they had taken into account suggestions by the student council.
They added that the next step will be to work with the food and the mess committee to make sure students at the university receive meals prepared by the highest standards of safety and hygiene.
In an interview with local media a fourth-year-old student explained that students who eat the school meals frequently get sick.
The student added: “Every time we come to the campus, we always see a very large number of students falling sick from stomach and throat infections.
“I am one of them. I used to never fall sick.
“I have worked 9am – 9pm jobs and eaten street food during most of my internships, without ever falling ill.
“We hope this video helps the university prioritise the health of its students. It is something that we must not have to ask for when students here are paying such exorbitant fees.”
Meanwhile university officials sent parents a note saying that the food service company’s country director would visit the campus.