The FSSAI’s third-party food safety audit of campus kitchens at 12 top central institutions of higher education has found them lacking in the food safety department.
Most of the institutions ranked lower in common parameters like cleaned utensils retaining food residue, rodent droppings around the kitchens, reheating of food several times, kitchen staff wearing shoes in the kitchen that are meant to be worn outside, choked bathrooms, and overflowing sinks where utensils are cleaned.
The FSSAI conducted the audits according to their draft food safety and standards (food safety auditing) regulations of 2017 for IIM Ahmedabad; Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi; IIT Bombay; IIT Guwahati; IIM Kozhikode; IIT Delhi; Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata; IIT Chennai; AIIMS Jodhpur; IIT Roorkee; and IIT Kanpur.Only IIM Ahmedabad’s and IIT Roorkee’s campus kitchens managed to pass the audit. The rest failed. The maximum score possible was 114, a score less than 77 was considered “non-compliant”.