Parliament was informed on Friday that around 10,500 restaurants have been de-listed by e-commerce firms like Zomato and Swiggy for not having license or registration under the food safety law. Minister of state for health Ashwini Kumar Choubey said the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) in July directed food e-commerce firms to de-list the restaurants which don’t have registration under the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006.
The Food delivery chains informed that they have already initiated action against the defaulting partner hotels/restaurants. Mr. Choubey in reply to a question said “As per information received, Zomato has delisted 2,500, Swiggy 4,000, Foodpanda 1,800, UberEats 2,000 and Foodcloud 200 unlicensed/unregistered FBOs.”
The implementation and enforcement of Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Act, 2006 Rules and Regulations primarily rests with state and UT governments, he said. Commissioners of Food Safety of all states and UTs have been requested to take necessary action to bring all such FBOs or food business operators under the ambit of FSS Act through registration. No one shall commence or carry on any food business without license or registration under the Act, he said.
Choubey added further regular surveillance, monitoring, inspection and random sampling of food products are carried out by officials to check compliance of the standards and norms.