India on Sunday will roll out a nationwide ban on burger chains, including Burger King and McDonalds, to fight what the government says is a surge in foodborne illnesses.
The government’s Health Ministry said it would ban the chains from vending and offering food on Sundays and that it would impose a total ban on fast food and takeaway shops on the same day.
The ban is being rolled out from next week.
The ban will apply to restaurants and catering outlets as well as food-processing plants, the ministry said in a statement.
In a separate announcement, the country’s central health agency said that it has issued a warning for people to stay indoors as the ban on vending would start at 6pm.