New Delhi, September 6: Food regulator the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is finalising a programme under which it will be mandatory for hostels and restaurants to display hygiene ratings on their doors. Along with this, FSSAI will also deploy food supervisors at all eateries to monitor compliance of food regulation and ensure the safety of food served. The measures are parts of the 'Eat Right India' movement. FSSAI to Train Agencies Donating Food to Ensure Quality.
Once the rating programme is launched, hotels and restaurants will have to display hygiene ratings given to them by FSSAI on their doors so that customers can know about the quality of food served there. The motive is to ensure the food served is safe and of good quality. The FSSAI will soon finalise guidelines to rollout the rating system. Restaurants will be served notice if found violating the norms. FSSAI Urges Centre to Take Action Against AWBI Member for 'Scaring' Milk Consumers.
According to FSSAI chief executive Pawan Agarwal, over 1.7 lakh food supervisors have been trained to monitor compliance of food regulation. The food regulator has also formalised guidelines to check re-use of cooking oil by repeated frying and avoid the use of leftover oil. It has prescribed a maximum limit of 25 percent for total polar compounds and also notified regulations to reduce trans-fatty acid levels to less than 2 percent of fat in all edible oils, Times of India reported.
"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," said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.