Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Shailesh Adhav, the FDA Co-Commissioner (Food) said, “FDA has initiated a food security campaign in order to keep a check on food adulteration. Under the Food Safety and Standard Authority regulation, we will be examining the quality of milk, wheat, maida (refined wheat flour), salt, rice, edible oil, vitamin A, vitamin D, calcium and iron. Through this we will provide a hygiene rating score and display this at the door of the food establishments for the patrons to view.”
He added, “Kitchen audits of hotels and restaurants will be done and we will be inspecting the cleanliness of the premises, the quality of water being used, and the maintenance of the place. The food establishments will be adjudged on these points. Restaurants which are up to the mark will be appreciated for their standards.”
FDA officers will be visiting places like Girgaum Chowpatty and Juhu Chowpatty to investigate their food stalls. Food stalls in Pune’s Saras Baug will also be inspected; inspections will also be carried out in popular eateries of Nagpur.
He further said, “Three booklets will providing information on nutrition and food safety will be printed and distributed among people. A pink booklet will give information on how to prepare nutritious and healthy food at home. A yellow booklet for parents, teachers and students will inform them about the importance of a healthy diet and which foods can fulfil the energy requirement at their respective ages. And an orange booklet will be made available for working professionals in the restaurant industry, like head chefs and employees which will inform them about food safety measures to be taken while handling and preparing food.”
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Pallavi Darade, Maharashtra FDA Commissioner said, “Most people are unaware regarding where and how to lodge complaints to the FDA regarding food adulteration, hygiene or other food safety issues. In order to address this we have launched a new website, the website will have options such as guidance programs and food safety guidelines and an online registry for complaints. This will enable the FDA to take better action against food adulterators and help address other complaints in general. Our aim is to make the workings of the FDA more transparent through this website.”