In its effort to reduce the wastage of food in the country, the Centre has decided to fix the size of dishes served in restaurants and hotels in the country, a report by ‘The Hindustan Times has said. The step by the government has come to ensure that food is not wasted in the country as on a daily basis, there are millions of poor people in the country, especially children who sleep hungry.As per the report, the government has also decided to take suggestions of hotels and restaurants on the matter and ask what dish size they want to serve their customers. The draft bill is currently with law ministry for consideration.
As per the report, the government has also decided to take suggestions of hotels and restaurants on the matter and ask what dish size they want to serve food to their customers or guests. Currently, the draft bill is with law ministry for consideration regarding this.
The consumer affair ministry had recently said that the service tax on food bill was not necessary and customers had the option of not paying it if they were unhappy with services of the hotels. However, there were reports that some hotels and restaurants were still charging service tax from customers.
Earlier this year, the AAP Government in Delhi had instructed all eateries in the national capital to put placard stating, ‘Service charge is voluntary’. There were, however, reports that some restaurants were making customers pay services charges even if they were unhappy with food quality.
Recently, a new study had said that the food made available to consumers globally is lost either through wastage or over-eating.
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People across the globe collectively consumes about 10 percent more food than is needed, even as close to nine percent is spoiled, it said.
Researchers said that efforts reduce the billions of tonnes lost through spoiling of food could help to improve food security worldwide, which would ensure that everyone has access to proper and nutritious diet.
The University of Edinburgh scientists had made a research on ten important stages in the food system across the globe, which included food consumption and harvesting of crops – to study the extent of losses.
(with inputs from PTI)