The Food Safety and Standards Authority (FSSAI) has sent notices to several leading eateries including some five – star hotels for not complying with its latest labelling and display norms which mandate them to mention calories count of dishes on their menus . The restaurants, which fail to comply, will have to shut shop, warned the FSSAI in its notices.“We have sent notices to top restaurants for not complying, “said Arun Singhal, CEO, FSSAI. The latest labelling and display regulations , which India’s food regulator notified in November 2020, make it mandatory for restaurants with a central licence or outlets at 10 or more locations to mention the calorific value (in kcal per serving and serving size) of items displayed on their menu cards, boards or booklets. Restaurants were required to comply with these norms by January 1, 2022. The deadline was later extended to July 1. However, many have not complied yet, said Singhal
Hotel chains such as Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), ITC Hotels and Marriott International did not respond to ET’s emailed queries till press time. Hyatt said it had no comments to share on the matter. However, restaurant operators said the exercise is a complex one and may need more time for execution. “If a brand has 150 recipes, then all of them have to be analysed.
Some chains have multiple brands and each brand could have a different cuisine or menu that could vary with states, “said Kabir Suri, president of National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI), which represents more than 500,000 restaurant operators. The association is in talks with the food regulator to seek more time, said Suri. Restaurants were asked to shut down as part of the Covid-19 pandemic- induced restrictions, delaying the process, according to Suri. Speciality Restaurants chairman Anjan Chatterjee, however, said the fine dining restaurant operator has been working” diligently” on comp lying with the requirements. He said the chain, which counts Mainland China, Asia Kitchen by Mainland China, Oh! Calcutta and Sigree-Global Grill as its key brands, was done with 90 % of the work. S-ET