Veena George, Kerala’s Minister of Health, stated on Saturday that food packages without the date labels are explicitly banned in Kerala. Information regarding the date and time of preparation as well as the recommended time frame for consumption of food should be included on the safety warning stickers.
“High Risk Hot Foods” to be consumed within 2 hours:
Dishes classified as “High Risk Hot Foods” must be consumed within two hours of preparation, according to the Food Safety Standards Regulations.
If delivery is to be made to farther-off locations, it is necessary to maintain a temperature of 60 degrees Celsius while transporting such food items.
Such dishes can become unhealthy and not fit for the consumption when left out for longer than two hours. The new rules are being implemented in the light of these considerations, the Health Minister Veena George said.
Health cards made mandatory from 1st February 2023:
In response to the recent back-to-back food poisoning incidents, the State Government recently made health cards mandatory for all hotel employees as a part of strict measures to ensure hygienic conditions at the food establishments.
From February 1, any hotel or restaurant that is discovered employing staff who fail to take health cards will not be permitted to operate, Health Minister Veena George said on Wednesday.
If by chance it is discovered that any of the workers do not possess the health card that is been made mandatory by Kerala’s Health Minister, the institution will be immediately made to shut down in no time, and its information will be made available to the public.
All institutions associated with the production and distribution of food are subject to the new regulation declared here. This law is designed such that it aims at preventing the spread of illnesses that are brought on by the contaminated food.