Guidelines for frozen food

So many restaurants that serve fast food like subway mcdonalds kfc dominos serve frozen food that they heat up and serve.

Does fssai have guidelines for restaurants as to what should be the time food was prepared to the use date. According to me it should be less than 1 week as after that its basically trash and does more damage to body than to provide nutrition.

Experts and fssai advise pls more  

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If the food product packing shows an FSSAI logo, then it is approved, otherwise not.

Trying as customer to pry in the restaurant kitchen to ensure correctness may not be welcomed by the seller.

This should perhaps be left to the individuals who come to inspect the regularities at intervals. more  
There is no need to have a separate guidelines for Heat & Serve Frozen Foods as the best before dates are mandatory for all packed food under frozen Condition at a temperature below -18oC. However, for in house preparation, every FBOs have to follow Food Safety Management System that prescribed storage conditions of all foods whether Raw Material, Intermediate or Finshed goods. Even FSMS covers the time & temperature of heating and serving temperature. more  
In real s ense, it is a junk food. Many food joints/hotels follow this practice. There is
need to frame rules & regulations for this trade as it happens in advance countries. more  
Dear Azam and Arun
The frozen food has the same nutritional properties as "freshly prepared and served food". ONLY if the processing of freezing, ie Preservation is by freezing to a core temp of -18 degrees centigrade, follows certain norms of freezing time and temperature. Even fresh food, if not kept at the right temp (above 60 C) till served, starts deteriorating as soon as cooking is over. Bacterial growth is max between +20 and +45 C.
Frozen food is 100% more safer than other types of food available like dry snacks or chilled food available on the counters.
Frozen food preserves all the nutrition and is ADDITIVE FREE, unlike other foods, preservatives and additives are added to elongate the shelf life. Not even vegetables and fruits escape this practice of adding preservatives, etc for increasing shelf life and / or appearance
The issue with frozen food is lack of awareness of correct temperature during storage and transportation more  
Thanks for writing, Ashish Mital. My readings suggest what you say is correct. Perhaps the real issue for an average Indian is to protect fresh or frozen food from spoiling due to excessive heat in the country. Even in Winter the food needs to be properly stored.

We can’t FSSAI to do everything. It takes an enormous amount of resources to do anything well. We have to take responsibility for ourselves. It will be great if FSSAI did their basic job well. more  
How the common man who buys these frozen food know about how long and at what freezing temperature preserved by the seller unless proper packing and date tag is attached to such food in the market. These are more applicable to fish/chicken/meat produce which is more so preserved first in normal ice and then freezed . Temperature suggested -18 C , seems very low unless deep freezer system is available at store/home. Normally it is kept preserved at below -5 C as fresh/cooked in house hold. How could FSSAI regulate these fresh veg/non-veg products just freezed and sold even with a preparation/storage date tagged . more  
I don't think this facility/monitoring is being done by all food joints in
India. I never enjoyed eating buffe food (probably left over items)in 5 star hotels. I think the low price is the only attraction. more  
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