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Food safety Act tough to abide by: Hoteliers

While the union government has made it mandatory for every food business operator (FBO) to maintain a certain level of hygiene and cleanliness through the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2011, city restaurateurs associated with Indian Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHAR) feel the Act’s clauses are impossible to follow, especially for the small businessmen.

The FSS Act makes it mandatory for every FBO having a turnover Rs12 lakh to obtain a licence and those below Rs12 lakh to get themselves registered. This implies that excepting big eateries all FBOs, from road-side chat sellers to vegetable vendors and from milkman to caterers, all need to be registered.

As per the FSSA, all FBOs (into manufacture, storage, transport and serving of food) must maintain a record of the inventory of raw food, stored food, water, food and air testing and pest control regimes. Also, they must record their source of vegetables and grocery, apart from checking if the seller is registered under the FSSA. Their food handlers too should have annual medical fitness checks.

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