The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is planning to conduct a fresh drive to inspect hotels and eateries across the city next month onwards to ensure that the quality of food served there is as per the requisite standards. The last time the FDA had conducted a similar drive in the city was from July to October last year. The FDA had also served improvement notices to around 17 hotels in the city as their kitchens were found unclean and they had no bills of raw materials procured by them.
The Nashik divisional office of FDA includes five districts — Nashik, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Dhule and Nandurbar. As per the new food and safety act, it is compulsory to have license for businesses with a turnover more than Rs 12 lakh, while businesses having a turnover of less than Rs 12 lakh are not required to have a license; they are only required to get registered at Rs 100 per year. The license fee is Rs 2,000 per year. In the division, the total number of businesses registered across the divisions has reached 60,473, while the total number of licensed businesses has reached 17,701.
The forthcoming Kumbh Mela is being held next year and around 75 lakh devotees are expected to visit to the city during the mega religious event. Keeping that in mind, the FDA has decided to conduct a fresh drive to inspect hotels and eateries across city from next month.
They will check the hotels and eateries for food quality; whether their kitchens are clean and ensure they have bills of raw materials they procure. They will take action against those who are not practicing the norms.