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    Eateries will have to display hygiene ratings on doors

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    • The idea is to raise the standards of dining out, while also ensuring the food served is safe and of good quality
    • The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has already started a pilot for rating among online players
    The move is part of a series of steps taken by FSSAI to support its ‘Eat Right India’ campaign. (File photo)
    (This story originally appeared in on Sep 06, 2019)
    NEW DELHI: Restaurants and hotels will soon have to display hygiene ratings on their doors. The food regulator is set to make such ratings mandatory for all restaurants along with presence of a food supervisor to monitor compliance of food regulation and ensure safety of food served.

    The idea is to raise the standards of dining out, while also ensuring the food served is safe and of good quality. The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has already started a pilot for rating among online players. It has also trained over 1.7 lakh food supervisors to ensure compliance, chief executive Pawan Agarwal said.

    The regulator is in the process of forming guidelines to implement the rating system. Once, it is in place, the regulator will keep a check for compliance and will also serve notice in case restaurants are found violating the norms.

    The move is part of a series of regulatory measures taken by FSSAI to support its 'Eat Right India' campaign focused at preventive healthcare measure to trigger social and behavioural change through a judicious mix of regulatory measures, combined with soft interventions for ensuring awareness and capacity building of food businesses.

    "India is passing through an epidemiological shift from communicable to non-communicable diseases, and the burden of diet-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity is rising rapidly. The new 'food systems approach' judiciously combines the regulatory and capacity building measures with consumer empowerment initiatives," health minister Harsh Vardhan said.

    FSSAI has also brought in regulations to check re-use of cooking oil by repeated frying and avoid use of leftover oil. The regulator has prescribed a maximum limit of 25% for total polar compounds. It has also notified regulations to reduce trans-fatty acid levels to less than 2% of fat in all edible oils.
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    10 Comments on this Story

    Darshit Poojary412 days ago
    Consumers are always impacted by FSSAI rules and regulations. This time FSSAI has garnered the attention because of hygiene rating which has been able to influence the Indian masses. The recent regulation passed by the FSSAI on hygiene rating will allow consumers to choose clean and safe places of dining out. Under the scheme, restaurants will need to display their hygiene rating on their doors. This, in turn, will ensure that consumers do not make unhealthy choices and rather opt for a well informed eating lifestyle.
    The idea of introducing this scheme is to provide a wholesome and safe experience while also raising the standard of dining out. The FDA also plans on training 170,000 supervisors to check the safety of food served. The added ratings will play as a motivation for key restaurant owners to strive and become better. It will also eliminate eating chains that pose a health risk to consumers.
    Basheer Ahmed449 days ago
    Food hygiene and Health
    it is very important to have Hygiene and Health ratings on the food cooked and sold in any restaurant with Expiry hours. H H ratings shall be awarded through non governmental agencies. Agency shall have a governing body of professionals who associate with hotels, restaurants, Q S R chains . This agency shall promote awareness among Public and discourage them to buy / dine from non rated restaurants. all the persons involved in food production shall be qualified and certified through this agency. All licensing of new restaurants shall go through this agency not through the Municipality or health inspectors.
    Praker 449 days ago
    Corruption need to stop first.. corrupt officials need to have death as penalty.. otherwise any rules are useless...
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