The Delhi Government is now adopting a “zero tolerance” policy when it comes to maintaining food safety and security for the end consumers. All the restaurants in the national capital will now have to register themselves with the Delhi Government and get a food safety license within ONE MONTH.
No kind of adulteration shall be tolerated by the Delhi Government, said the Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. Another top Delhi Government official said (source: TOI)
It will now be mandatory for all restaurants and hotels in the national capital to register and get food safety licences within one month, through a simplified online process
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Section 31 (1) the Food Safety and Standards Act clearly states that “No person shall commence or carry on any food business except under a licence.”
The food safety commissioner, Ms.Mrinalini Darswal said, “up to six months imprisonment and Rs.5 lakh fine will be awarded on those running restaurants and hotels without food safety licences.” She said all restaurants and hotels applying for food safety licences will get it through a simplified online process. Applicants can apply online and the department will process their applications and send them their licences on e-mail.
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According to the proposed policy, any food vendor, inclusive of roadside eateries, restaurants, hotels and food processors, with a turnover of up to Rs 12 lakh a year has to register themselves with the government. Those with larger turnover will have to obtain a licence from the government. A one-year registration will cost vendors Rs100. The licence, however, is expected to range from Rs 2,000 to Rs 7,500. The government said that the act aimed at ensuring that street food vendors observe better standards of hygiene.
Once the policy is notified, anyone found defaulting will have to either close down the business or shell out heavy penalties ranging from Rs 25,000 to Rs 10 lakh depending upon the gravity of the offence.