Food Standards and Safety Authority of India (FSSAI) has blown a trumpet to back the efforts of Health Department to combat dengue. In its drive to prevent the spreading of deadly disease, officials of FSSAI are doing multiple rounds of inspection in restaurants and hotels to check whether the authorities are storing the water in a prescribed manner or not.
Apart from that, officials are keeping a close eye on these eateries to ensure that they are not using contaminated for cooking or drinking purpose. “Based on directions from superiors, food safety officers are conducting inspections at hotels, mainly to ensure safe storage of water. Other than aiding mosquito breeding, contaminated water can cause other illnesses,” said O.L.S. Vijay, Designated Officer, FSSAI, Coimbatore.
As per the official notice issued by the regulators to hotels and restaurants, FSSAI has asked to not store water for a longer period as it may lead to contamination. During visits, hoteliers have been instructed to store the water in containers covering them with a fitting lid.
“Hoteliers have been asked to clean underground water storage tanks at frequent intervals. Use of bleaching powder is advised for cleaning. They are also instructed not to serve water stored for more than three days for drinking and cooking purposes,” said Dr. Vijay.
Food safety officers are also checking whether storage systems are turning breeding grounds for mosquitoes.