ISKCON's Akshaya Patra kitchen as hygienic as hospital OTs
The Times Of India
BANGALORE: The standards of hygiene at ISKCON Akshaya Patra kitchens are as high as a hospital's operation theater. It's mandatory for everyone to wear gloves, shoes and a cap. None of these are reused.
Lakhs of school children in the state eat meals cooked here in these mechanized kitchens. "We maintain the highest standards of hygiene by ensuring there is minimum human handling during cooking. There's no compromise on hygiene," said Madhu Pandit Dasa, ISKCON.
Akshaya Patra is ISO 22000:2005 certified for food safety. There are periodic inspections to ensure that standards are maintained. The organisation supplies fresh and hot cooked meals to 925 schools in Bangalore every day. Besides Bangalore, there are kitchens in Bellary, Hubli, Mangalore and Mysore which dish out midday meals. No wonder then there hasn't been a single instance of a child falling ill after an ISKCON meal.
On June 7, 2017, Akshaya Patra opened a new centralised kitchen in Bhavnagar – fifth largest city in the state of Gujarat
Around 25 enthusiastic young volunteers participated in a cleanliness drive organised by AIKYA, in pursuance of its mission to enhance the quality of school education, promote a culture of ‘Cleanliness and Hygiene’ in schools served by The Akshaya