Patna, May 12 (UNI) As over 35 per cent of the food outlets have been operating without following the laid norms and valid licences, the Bihar government has decided to take stern action against it.
Joint Food Controller C V Subha Rao said that with that the increasing habit of people to dine out, the food joints have mushroomed in the state capital. He also said several food outlets have not renewed their licences, while various others were opened without valid licences, following which the state government was facing a huge loss of revenue. Apart from this, the consumers were also getting unregulated supply of food items, he added.
''In the want of valid documents, it is difficult to regulate the outlets which have come up at every nook and cranny. Due to the slackness of the Food Control Administration in the past, some of the food joints were not maintaining the quality of food items,'' Mr Rao said, adding of 119 food samples collected recently from the different grocery shops of the malls, 30 tested substandard.
He also said some of the edible oils, especially mustard oil, and other food stuff used by the food joints, had been sent to the laboratory in Dhanbad for testing the quality.
Mr Rao said massive verification of the food outlets were being launched all over the state to maintain the quality of food stuff in the outlets.
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