Zomato Delists 5,000 Restaurants In February Over Hygiene Standards
Online restaurant guide and food-ordering firm Zomato Media Pvt. Ltd. said it has delisted over 5,000 restaurants in February over non-compliance with the hygiene standards set by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
Zomato, along with the food regulator, is conducting audit of all restaurants listed on the platform across 150 cities in the country where it has presence, the company said in a statement.
"We are adding 400 restaurants to our platform every day. So, it is crucial that our restaurant partners are compliant with regulations and hygiene standards," Mohit Gupta, chief executive officer for Zomato’s food delivery business said.
He further added: "For this reason, we have been re-evaluating all 80,000-plus restaurants listed on Zomato, helping them be compliant, and delisting those that have failed to follow regulations in spite of continuous efforts."
Zomato is educating its restaurant partners to obtain a licence, as well as meet the necessary hygiene standards. As a result, the number of compliant restaurants on the platform has increased by over 30,000 in the past six months, it added.
Zomato is a restaurant reviews, restaurant discovery, food delivery and dining out transactions platform providing information of over 1.4 million restaurants across 24 countries.