Zomato and Swiggy have been served notices by the food safety unit of the Uttarakhand health department for delivering non-veg food to restricted areas of Haridwar. The Deputy food safety officer in Haridwar said that the matter came to light after local residents complained to the city magistrate.
"We were asked to investigate the matter. The two companies failed to show Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) license to the teams that had gone to inspect their offices. The firms also had not obtained no-objection certificates from the municipal corporation to deliver non-vegetarian products," Pal said in a statement.
Pal also said that Zomato and Swiggy were in violation of Haridwar municipal corporate bylaws which prohibit the sale of meat products in the holy city.
A number of areas around Haridwar such have Kharkari, Har-Ki-Pauri, Kankhal, Jawalpuri, Motichur and Haripur have strict bylaws about non-veg food and meat being sold. The locals believe that non-veg food makes the area impure and hurts their religious sentiments.
Zomato and Swiggy issued statements apologizing for simply crying out business and they assured the people of Haridwar that they would stop delivering non-veg food.