Homemade Food Start-ups Thriving in Lockdown Can Now be Fined Rs 5 Lakh for Not Having Licence

The State Food Safety Department has recently issued a fine of Rs 5 lakh and even six months jail time for unregistered home kitchens selling home-cooked meals without a licence. The rules are as per the norms of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

Homemade food catering and delivery has become a popular mode of business amid the lockdown. With restaurants shutting down and a majority of people stuck at home for long periods, online food delivery has become the preferred alternative. And with prolonged days at home, many have been opting for local, cheap and home-cooked food delivered to their doorsteps, giving rise to a number of such makeshift home kitchens.

The problem, however, is with the lack of safety guidelines and precautions carried out by the home cooks. According to FSSAI rules, any restaurant doing business worth Rs 12 lakh needs a licence. Eateries earning less than that need registration. As per a report in The Times of India, however, only 2300 registration applications have been received since March, despite thousands of new eateries, coffee and juice bards opening up amid the pandemic.

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