Temples in Kerala are set to offer prasadam (offerings made to deities) approved by the country’s food regulator, the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) — a decision that has been taken in after food poisoning incidents in some Karnataka temples that killed more than a dozen people in the past two months.
At least 10 major temples will implement the new policy for hygienic preparation of prasadam from March 1, a senior official of the state food safety authority said. All offering packets will carry manufacture and expiry dates, contents and FSSAI licence number, he said. All prasad vendors will have to obtain an FSSAI licence.
“We have to ensure hygiene in all temples. But in small shrines offerings are not given in packets or cans. We have to make some arrangements for them,” said A Padmakumar, TDB President.