The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has rewarded hygiene certificates to over 500 restaurants and bakeries in Kerala. A ‘Star Rating’ has been awarded to these eateries that have ensured quality of food and cleanliness.
Hygiene rating has been initiated by FSSAI with the intent of ensuring that consumers make informed choices while eating out and also encouraging food businesses to showcase and improve their food hygiene standards.
The food department in Kerala had submitted a list of over 4,000 eateries to FSSAI. The apex food regulatory body, collected samples and analysed these eateries in accordance with the food safety and standards regulations. After thorough investigation, these restaurants and bakeries were granted the ‘Star Rating’.
Hygiene rating reflects the standards of food hygiene found on the date of inspection by the local authority or recognised third-party audit agency.
Food service establishments such as restaurants, cafeteria, dhabas, bakeries, sweet shops, meat and poultry retail shops and more, can apply to FSSAI for hygiene rating scheme.
This is a voluntary scheme applicable for food businesses supplying food, directly to consumers either on or off the premises. Even if an eatery receives low ratings from FSSAI, it can improve efficiency and reapply for the evaluation procedures. However, the ratings will be renewed after two years of processing.