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Major govt run TN temples to get FSSAI tag for 'prasadam'

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

As many as 47 major temples in run by the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department will get Safety and Standards Authority of certification for their 'prasadam,' an said today.

Prasadam, a material substance of food, is a religious offering and is normally consumed by devotees after offering prayers

The exercise, aimed at ensuring quality and bringing in standardisation, began with the prasadam of the famous Sri Palani Murugan temple's (Dhandayuthapaniswamy temple) 'Panchamirtham' (a mix of banana, ghee, honey, sugar and dates).

"Palani Murugan temple was our pilot project. We have initiated the process of (getting) FSSAI certification in other 46 temples as well," the said.

The Murugan temple's panchamirtham prasadam now features FSSAI licence number, price, weight and best before date.

On the reason for the initiative, the told "quality assurance is our priority... incidents of people taking ill after consuming prasadam in some private temples drew our attention and we decided to go in for licensing."

In April this year, two women died and over 30 people took ill after consuming prasadam provided by a privately administered temple at Mettupalayam near

Madurai Meenakshi Amman temple, Rameswaram Sri Ramanathaswamy temple, and are among the major shrines of

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First Published: Fri, July 13 2018. 16:55 IST