Thiruvananthapuram: From February 1 health card is mandatory for all employees handling food items in all establishments that cook, distribute and sell food.
In addition to food safety officers, health inspectors from the health department will also check hygiene and health cards. Food safety inspections and activities will be strengthened as part of the ‘Kerala Safe Food Space’ scheme implemented in the state. The Food Safety Department will take strict action against those who find deficiencies.
Action will be taken against those issuing and possessing fake certificates. The medical fitness certificate obtained should be kept in the institution. When closed establishments are reopened, they must submit an affidavit that all employees undergo food safety training within two weeks and register for hygiene ratings within one month of opening, along with remedying other deficiencies.
The Food Safety Department had issued an order banning food parcels without a slip or sticker with a food safety warning in the state. It has been made mandatory from February 1. Action will be taken against non-compliant institutions. The slip or sticker should specify the date and time the food was cooked and the time within which it should be consumed.