A recent survey conducted by Food and Drug Administration (FDA) revealed surprising results about the essential hygienic conditions in the restaurants of Mumbai city. More than 70 per cent of the restaurants that were found flouting the basic hygiene and food safety norms.
The survey was conducted on 500 leading restaurants and out of them, 327 restaurants were found violating the major guidelines of cleanliness, sanitation, ventillation, food packaging and distribution laid down by Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).
The FDA has served a 15-day notice to these restaurants to improve the hygiene and food safety conditions. In a statement by Shailesh Adhao, Joint Commissioner, FDA said that hygiene inspection in 3,000 hotels and restaurants was conducted for the first time in the state. 2,650 of them have been asked to improve the hygiene conditions. Re-inspections will be done.
Various Food Safety Training and Certification (FOSTAC) training are being conducted in collaboration with FDA to make members aware of what is expected as per FSSAI guidelines. Also more than 1,400 members were given FOSTAC training in 2017. Niraj Shetty, representative of Ahar, said after this incident. Mr Shetty also added that in a tie-up with a healthcare initiative, medical checkups of more than 5,200 food handlers were also done in Mumbai. Medical checkups are mandatory to prevent cross contamination. He further said that they have also collaborated with Varni laboratories for food and water testing as prescribed by FSSAI guidelines.
After this incident, citizens are demanding stronger surveillance by the authorities to keep a check on the lapses.