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Food safety agency to rate restaurants Gold, Silver or Bronze for Commonwealth Games
Friday, 09 October, 2009, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
Food Safety and Standards Authority held a meeting with officials of the Delhi Government, the Indian Tourism Development Corpn, Delhi and Gurgaon Municipal Corpn; Organising Committee of Commonwealth Games, Delhi Tourism, BIS, Quality Council of India, CII, FICCI, AIFPA, NRAI and other consumer organisations to facilitate the initiation of a "pilot project" aimed at improving quality of food served in the medium and small eating establishments of Delhi and NCR in preparation for the Commonwealth Games 2010.

During the meeting, the authorities intended to help prevent the infamous "Delhi belly," with a plan called "Safe food, tasty food" under consideration by India's food safety agency that would rate restaurants gold, silver or bronze depending on their food safety and hygiene performance.

It was agreed that the municipal corporation of Delhi (MCD) will identify eating establishments from the list of its licensed establishments who could be taken up for upgradation. These establishments will be trained to upgrade food safety and then audited for awarding the appropriate grade. Besides, the members of National Restaurant Association of India will audit to award them grades.

All India Food Processors Association (AIFPA) has also identified about 200 eating establishments which will be audited and graded soon. Further, the food inspectors of MCD/NDMC (New Delhi municipal council) will assist in identifying food businesses and persuading them to adhere to safety norms prescribed under the rules.

Several major hotels of the city are also being invited to adopt food cluster in their vicinity as part of their corporate social responsibility and enable such business improve their standards of food safety.
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