‘Prasadam’ offered at temples will soon get ‘Blissful Hygiene Offering to God’ (BHOG) quality certificate from the Tamil Nadu Food Safety and Drug Administration Department.
The department has also trained temple workers, staff and contractors in procedures for getting food safety licence. “The BHOG quality certificate will be issued to all places of worship including temples, gurudwaras, and mosque in the state. Those temples in the state that fulfils the criteria set by the department can apply for the quality certificate. If any temple fails to maintain the hygiene level on its premises, the certificate will not be issued,” said Ramakrishnan.
The 45 temples in Tamil Nadu which will be getting the certificate initially include Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple in Srirangam, Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai, Arunachaleswarar Temple in Thiruvannamalai, Subramanya Swamy Temple in Thiruttani and Varadharaja Perumal Temple in Poonamallee.