To ensure the supply of hygienically prepared food in Punjab, all the Food Business Operators (FBOs) engaged in the online food supply through the online food delivery aggregator companies have be directed to ensure the hygiene rating of their establishments by 31 October 2019.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner KS Pannu on Tuesday said if FBOs failed to ensure the hygiene rating of their establishments by 31 October, appropriate action under the law would be initiated.

He said that the hygiene rating of the establishments can be accomplished through any of the 23 companies empanelled with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Earlier in May, the online food delivery aggregator companies operating in Punjab like Zomato, Swiggy, Uber Eats, Food Panda, etc. were asked to ensure that Food Business Operators associated with them should be directed to get the hygiene rating of their establishment conducted.

Subsequently, the online food business aggregators sought time to ensure the hygiene rating of the Food Business Operators associated with them and also requested the Commissionerate that the FBOs should also be directed to get the hygiene rating of their establishments conducted pro-actively.

Pannu said that in line with this, all the designated officers in the state have been directed to supervise the process and obtain lists of FBOs enlisted or associated with various online food delivery aggregator companies in order to ensure the hygiene rating of all such FBOs within the stipulated time.