Food safety license mandatory for temple ‘prasad’ from March

M Basheer

Thiruvananthapuram: BHOG (Blissful Hygienic Offering to God) project which required food safety license to ‘prasad’ and ‘annadanam’ in temples will be executed in Kerala from March. This project helps to ensure food safety at temples, churches, mosques and gurudwaras which offer food items to devotees.

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is in charge of the execution. The state food safety commissioner has submitted a letter to the district collectors to conduct discussions with the temple authorities before executing the project. The move comes after food poisoning was reported from some temples.

The main aim is to prevent making food under unhygienic conditions and similar issues. The food safety department will provide training to the people who prepare food in temples and those who sell food items near temples.

Three states executed the project

Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu have already executed the project. The food safety department has conducted discussions with Guruvayur, Travancore, Kochi and Malabar Devaswom board officials in Kerala. Following this, Guruvayur Devaswom has taken food safety license. Attukal Temple has also taken the license.

Good response

Attempts are being made to ensure license or registration for everyone. Great response was received at the move to ensure safe food.

-Dr Rathan U Kelkar

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