Kerala has won a major recognition for serving quality and safe food at railway stations in the state. The Eat Right India Movement has recognised 21 railway stations in Kerala for following a strict protocol to ensure safe and hygienic food.
The Eat Right India certification is granted by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) to railway stations that set benchmarks in providing safe and wholesome food to passengers. The station is awarded a certificate upon the conclusion of an FSSAI-empaneled third-party audit agency with ratings from 1 to 5. The 5-star rating indicates full compliance by the station to ensure safe and hygienic food is available to passengers.
According to an official statement issued by the Kerala Government, the state has achieved a remarkable milestone with 21 of its railway stations receiving the prestigious Eat Right Station designation. The stations include Parappanangadi, Chalakudy, Thalassery, Kannur, and Palakkad Junction. FSSAI officials said the certification is part of a major effort by FSSAI to transform the country’s food system to ensure safe, healthy, and sustainable food for all Indians.
“This achievement places Kerala at the forefront of the Eat Right Station scheme, which has recognised a total of 114 railway stations across India. Importantly, Kerala has secured the highest number of recognitions, underscoring its dedication to promoting the well-being of railway passengers through strict adherence to food safety standards,” the statement said.
The Eat Right Station scheme covers various facilities within railway stations, including retail outlets, retail-cum-catering establishments, food plazas, food courts, restaurants, petty food vendors, stalls, kiosks, warehouses, and base kitchens. The FSSAI meticulously evaluates and approves these entities, ensuring that food is prepared in strict compliance with food safety and hygiene standards.