The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) said the licences and registrations of up to 40 percent of the restaurants listed by online food delivery platforms were not verified despite instructions to do so.
Regulator FSSAI said it has given a two-week deadline to online food delivery companies to delist unlicensed restaurants. The FSSAI has also decided to conduct an audit of online platforms of food aggregators to check if they are complying with food safety and hygiene norms.
The regulator found that more than 30-40 percent of food businesses listed on the online platforms do not possess a valid licence despite the companies being told to comply with the norms by July-end.
Over the past few months, food aggregators in the country have been in a soup over hygiene. While they do not own or operate restaurants, they are facing increasing criticism for listing sub-par establishments.
The FSSAI will continue to run audits on food delivery apps to ensure compliances for safety and hygiene, the authority said.
The scrutiny from the regulator has come at a time when the food delivery industry in India has started reviving from a funding crunch that led to several casualties.