BFSA introduces grading system for restaurants

Staff Correspondent

21 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Food Safety Authority (BFSA) has introduced grading system for restaurants in the capital to indicate their quality on the basis of hygiene and food safety regulations.

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder on Sunday formally inaugurated the process of grading system at Fars Hotel in the city.

Restaurants have been classified into four different categories -- green, blue, yellow and orange. Four types of stickers will be used to signify the grades of A+, A, B and C respectively awarded to the restaurants after scrutiny.

Grade A+ would mean excellent while A would mean good, B average and C grade pending. Orange coloured restaurant is unsafe while yellow sticker restaurant will get three months to upgrade their quality, and licence of those restaurants will be cancelled if they have failed to improve their quality. The authority will mark the grade considering the quality of food, hygiene, environment, decoration, food safety, environment of kitchen and waiter.

If any restaurant achieves 90 score after scrutiny, then it will get green sticker (A+). Restaurant of 80 score will get blue sticker (A) while that of 55-79 score will get yellow (B) and that of 45-55 score will get orange sticker (C).  The BFSA started a pilot project on the system in Motijheel and its adjacent areas on April 2 last year.

Food Minister Sadhan Chandra Majumder said, “We hope restaurant owners will maintain their standard, which they have got from the government.” “You [restaurant owners] have to maintain the standard of restaurant,” he said. Dhaka South City Corporation mayor Sayeed Khokon said the government recognition will expand the restaurants’ business and profit. He also urged BFSA to keep the restaurants under regular monitoring.

BFSA chairman Mohammad Mahfuzul Hoque said it is an international standard grading system. All restaurants across the country will be under the grading system, he said.  Food ministry secretary Shahabuddin Ahmed presided over the programme.