In a first, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has launched a hygiene rating system for restaurants and will need them to display it on their doors. Under the scheme, restaurants and cafes will be awarded five smileys; where five smileys will indicate “Very Good” and one smiley will signify “Very Poor”. The move, if implemented diligently will help customers make informed and healthy eating choices.
Ashwin Bhadri, CEO of Equinox Labs says, “The idea is to provide a wholesome and safe experience while also raising the standard of dining out. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also plans on training 170,000 supervisors to check the safety of food served. The added ratings will play as a motivation for key restaurant owners to strive and become better. It will also eliminate competitions of eating chains that pose a health risk.”
India’s lifestyle and food choices have made it a hub for diseases like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart diseases. The cost to maintain the standards will result in the rise of menu prices, but there aren’t many who would oppose the idea. “All in all the criteria for hygiene ratings will need to be clear, concise and uniformly applicable for it to function properly,” he added.
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