Maha: FDA serves notice to online food portals, order 113 outlets to shut business

As people are ordering food online, the business of the online food portals has spiked since the past few years. But, Maharashtra FDA has cracked the whip on the eateries those are working without permission. Also, notices have been served to the online food companies as well

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  • Maharashtra Food and Drug Department (FDA) has sent notices to four major online food delivery giants in the Mumbai  
  • The FDA inspection revealed that the online food companies were delivering food from a number of outlets which does not have a license 
  • The food regulator has issued a show cause notice seeking a reply from the online food delivery companies 
  • The FDA has also sent notices to the food outlets which were running without a license 

In today’s world, where everything is available on just a click away, we all tend to order food from online food delivery companies. But, before ordering food online, we all must read this news carefully.

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Food and Drug Department (FDA) Maharashtra, has served notice to four major online food delivery companies. As the FDA’s inspection revealed that the food which is being delivered by the online food app companies is being prepared at a very unhygienic place.

While speaking to the press Dr Pallavi Darade, FDA, Commissioner, Maharashtra said, “We have served notices to Swiggy, Food Panda, Ubereats and Zomato.  We had carried out an inspection drive from September 21 to October 1. We had inspected close to 347 food outlets where food was being prepared. During the investigation, it was revealed that 113 food outlets were working without a license. These outlets were serving food through the food delivery apps.”

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Dr Darade further added, “The food was being prepared in an unhygienic place. So, we have issued a stop work order as well. We have asked the companies and the food joints to submit their response. After which the FDA will take appropriate action.”

The FDA has found several violations during the survey.  The FDA officials said the online food delivery business has spiked as a number of people are ordering food online.