Compliance by college and hostel students in the district to the requirement of registering with FSSAI (Food Safety and Standards Authority of India) has been dismal, official sources said.
Despite a recent directive, only a few institutions have applied for FSSAI licence, Designated Officer for Food Safety and Drug Administration Karunanidhi said.
“Educational institutions also get categorised as food business operators in the event of the annual turnover of the hostels they run exceeding Rs. 12 lakh per annum. Private colleges and schools are, by and large, unaware of the provision in the Food Safety Act for carrying out inspection and closure of operations without licence,” Mr. Karunanidhi said.
Last year, Kerala Government made it mandatory for anganwadis and hostels and canteens in educational institutions to secure FSSAI licence to ensure food safety.