Kerala bans food parcels without production and expiry details

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Health Minister Veena George on Saturday disclosed about an order banning food parcels without slips or stickers mentioning details mandated by Food Safety Standards Regulations. The parcels should have the production and expiry details of food.

The health department has recently come under immense scrutiny after state witnessed several cases of suspected food poisoning. Following this, raids conducted by officials at various eateries revealed that hotels were selling unhealthy and stale foods.
Later, the health minister Veena George held a meeting with the hotel owners in the state to curb such issues.
The decision was to introduce a hygiene rating system for eateries and introduce the use-by-time labels on food parcels. The new development comes in this context.

Those foods coming under the 'High-Risk Hot Food' category as per the 'Food Safety and Standards Regulation' should be consumed within 2 hours of its preparations, the order read.

Further, it is mandatory to ensure that 'High-Risk Hot Food' must be kept at 60°C when delivered longer distances. If high-risk food is left at room temperature for longer than 2 hours, then there is a risk that it may turn out stale, the health minister noted.

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