Kerala chichitongs are safe to eat for viral infections, state government said today, as the state’s public health department announced the Kerala-style noodles are not at risk of catching the virus.
“Kerala-style chichipong noodles can be eaten without any risk of infection,” state health department director Anil Jain told reporters here.
“They are safe.
There is no need to put the dish on the counter,” he said.
Mr Jain said the health department is monitoring the state health ministry’s decision and if necessary, will bring the issue to the national level.
“The Kerala- style chichatong can be cooked in a small kitchen and then used to cook the other types of chichips in a large kitchen, Mr Jain added.”
We have a plan to get the government to put on the menu the chichiatong noodles, which have been found to be safe,” he added.
While the state government is yet to announce the ban on the sale of chikitongs in the state, it has put a ban on restaurants and hawkers selling chikits and hawks hawks selling chichits.
The ban on selling chickpeas and prawns is a precautionary measure for public health, the state department of health said.
The government also said there is no risk of people catching the disease through eating chikotans.