The health wing of Kochi Corporation is bracing up to penalise eateries that function in violation of rules and serve stalefood.

“As part of this drive, we plan to make it mandatory for hotels to issue two receipts to customers. The customer will be able to retain one, while the hotel can keep the other,” said the corporation’s Health Standing Committee chairman T.K. Ashraf.

The rule would be made mandatory before hotels renew their annual licence, before March 31, he said.

Armed with a receipt, customers will be able to initiate full-fledged legal proceedings against eateries that supply low-quality food.

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