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Now, restaurants to display food helpline no.

13,August, 2017

All restaurants, cafés and shops selling food items will be required to display the number of a Delhi government-run food safety helpline, Health Minister Satyendar Jain told the Assembly on Thursday.

Displaying the helpline — 1800113921 — operated by the Department of Food Safety will allow complaints of unhygienic or adulterated food to be made on the spot. This was announced after Speaker Ram Niwas Goel suggested the move following concerns raised by MLAs about adulterated food being sold in the Capital.

Inspections conducted

Replying to a question by MLA Vijender Garg, Mr. Jain said the Food Safety Department had been conducting inspections to check sale of adulterated food. To prevent corruption, Mr. Jain said that inspectors no longer had fixed areas and were informed about the location of their next visit just before they left.

Responding to statements by MLAs Praveen Kumar and Rajesh Rishi about adulterated apples, chow mein and momos being sold, Mr. Jain said the department was taking samples of different food items.

Replying to Malviya Nagar MLA Somnath Bharti’s query, the Food Safety Department said that 1,817 complaints had been received about adulterated food at restaurants since the AAP government came to power. Of these, action had been taken in 1,747 cases. Mr. Bharti also asked whether there had been complaints about Patanjali products, the brand of yoga guru Baba Ramdev. The department said 14 complaints had been received in the last three years. Of the 14 samples taken, six were found to be adulterated, leading to cases being lodged.

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