Hotels, restaurants and eateries on FDA’s radar

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 01 Dec 2017 10:22:42


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While conducting a workshop on Thursday, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) said it would create awareness among restaurant owners, hoteliers and caterers among others on FDA norms and ensure food safety and hygiene in all the places where eatables are served.
Speaking at the first ever awareness programme organised for city-based restaurant and eating joints, Shashikant Kekare, Joint Commissioner (Food) - FDA, said the department has made elaborate planning to reach out to all the stakeholders in the district and educate them about the norms of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.

“It is our duty to inform them what are they supposed to do under the Act. Through the awareness programmes, we are asking them to maintain cleanliness at their commercial places so that contamination of food could be avoided. This is essential before initiating aggressive drive against those who are failing to comply the norms,” he told the gathering of over 100 restaurant owners and hoteliers attending the seminar held at Hotel Tuli International.

“If we find restaurants, hotels and others flouting the guidelines, we will take strict action against them as per the law,” he added. Though the department is already taking action against the violators, Kekare dropped indications that an aggressive campaign is in the offing espcially against restaurants, caterers and road side eateries.

“These are the places where cases of food poisoning are often reported. And thus we have been focusing on them. The department has identified over 450 caterers in the district. We have found that majority of them are not registered with us. Similarly, we are also putting efforts to bring all road side eateries under the ambit of the Act,” he said.

At the outset Swati Kakde, Superintendent - Excise, inaugurated the seminar by lighting traditional lamp in presence of Rajesh Mohite, Deputy Municipal Commissioner - Nagpur Municipal Corporation; Milind Deshpande, Assistant Commissioner of FDA; Sharad Kolte, Assistant Commissioner - FDA; Dr Asmita Thaokar, Certified Trainer for Hygiene – Food Safety Programme; Sanjeev Uppal, General Manager of Hotel Tuli International and Sameer Luthra, Deputy Manager, Le Meridien Nagpur. Later, Thaokar explained in detail the purpose and scope of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. She gave a check list to the participants asking them follow certain points that are mandatory for them.

“All the places where food is prepared should be neat and clean. The owners should carry out pest control in their kitchens at regular intervals. Water used for cooking should be tested,” she said.