Ahmedabad: The Gujarat government on Thursday issued a notification asking restaurants and hotels to remove “no entry” signs so that customers can enter their kitchens and inspect the level of hygiene. The notification said that in two weeks, restaurants should remove signs saying, no admission and no admission without permission. The notification was issued by H G Koshia, Commissioner, Food and Drug Control Administration (FDCA).
The decision comes after a series of posts by customers showing sub-standard food services. It directed concerned officials to visit restaurants and hotels in their respective areas and remove sign boards announcing “No entry” or “No admission without permission” from kitchen doors. Now hotel or restaurant owners cannot stop customers from visiting the kitchen to make sure that proper hygiene is being maintained. This is important from health point of view.
The FDCA also asked restaurant and hotel owners to install transparent glass on kitchen doors so that customers can peek from outside. A fine of Rs 1 lakh will be imposed if the directives are not followed within two weeks.
The implementation of the notification took place through the issue of an internal circular to 43 Designated Officers (DO) serving as district level licensing authorities for food under Food Safety Act, across the state of Gujarat. The circular stated that all restaurants under their jurisdiction should have their kitchen doors replaced by glass panels so that the procedures in the kitchen could be seen. A notification to the President of the Hotel and Restaurant Association of Gujarat has also been issued in order to ensure greater compliance.