Govt to ask restaurants to reduce portions to battle food wastage
The NDA government is preparing to fix portion sizes of dishes served by star hotels and restaurants, a fortnight after Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed concern about wastage of food in his monthly Mann Ki Baat radio programme.
As per reports in Hindustan Times, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, said, “If a person can eat only two prawns, why should he or she be served six? If a person eats two idlis, why serve four! It’s wastage of food and also money people pay for something that they don’t eat.”
The report added that the ministry was drafting a questionnaire for hotels and restaurants to explain what dish sizes they should serve to a customer.
“They are the experts. They should tell us the maximum amount of a dish a person can eat. You go to a Chinese restaurant; they give you so much (of food). We are going to call them (stakeholders) for a meeting. The PM is concerned about food wastage and so we are going to issue instructions to these hotels (about the amount of food to be served),” Paswan added.
In his Mann Ki Baat last month, Modi had flagged the issue of food wastage …read more