As the demand of consumers for high quality and tasty food is growing, governing bodies are also becoming proactive to keep the standards of the food being served in restaurants in check.
Nowadays regular sample checkups and raids on different food outlets are being conducted in order to keep restaurants and food businesses on their toes and make them deliver what is expected i.e quality food. In this article, we will take you through the possible offenses and their penalties while carrying out the food business.
1. Running food business without licenses
Any restaurant owner who carries out food business without obtaining the food licenses attracts an imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months and also a fine which may extend to five lakh rupees. In a media report, it was stated that only one out of fifteen food businesses are registered in India.
According to Pawan Kumar Aggarwal, CEO, FSSAI, said in the media report, “In terms of licenses and registrations of food businesses, we still have a very very long way to go. Only 33 lakh are registered, It is believed there are close to 5 crore food businesses in the country. You can see that it has not even reached 10 percent the mark.”
2. Selling food, not of nature or substance or quality demanded
Any person who sells low quality or any food which is not compliance with the provisions of the FSSAI ACT 2006 or the regulations made there can attract a penalty up to five lakh rupees. If the person is covered under sub-section (2) of section 31 of the FSSAI ACT will attract a penalty of not more than Rs 25,000 rupees.
Case: A lot of popular eateries in Delhi were found guilty for serving low quality and unsafe rice to the consumers. Read the complete story here.
3. Selling food that contains external or inappropriate matter
Any person who caught selling food in his/her restaurant which contains inappropriate matter shall be liable to pay a fine up to Rs One lakh. This is similar to the famous Maggi Noodle Fiasco which took the toll on the whole company and spoiled the entire brand image.
Case: One of the media agencies reported that the Detergent and frozen fat was found by the Kolkata-based Central Laboratory during re-tests of milk samples collected by district Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) department from Mother Dairy.
4. Keeping the kitchen dirty and unhygienic
Any restaurant owner, who does not keep the manufacturing process or kitchen clean and hygienic or unsanitary conditions shall be liable to a pay penalty up to one lakh rupees.
Case: In Nagpur, the authorities warned Central Provinces Club in the city of cancellation of food license from June 21 to July 5, 2016. In the report it was mentioned that the notice has been issued following two inspections by the food safety officer (FSO), one on November 17, 2015, and another on May 18 this year that revealed as many as ten faults including extremely unhygienic kitchen, no pest control, unclean water tank etc that are not permissible under the Food Safety Act.
5.Accidents including consumer injury and death
If any restaurant owner found guilty of selling a food item which caused injury or death of the consumer shall be liable to attract a penalty of Rs 5 lakh in case of death and Rs 3 lakh fine in case of certain injury. The fine can be further relaxed to Rs one lakh in case of certain injuries. The adjudicating officer or the court may also order cancellation of the licenses and closure of the food outlet.
Make sure that you have all the proper licenses and abide strictly by the rules while running your restaurant business to avoid any penalty or fines levied by the government.