Indian online food ordering firm Zomato has introduced 100% tamper-proof packaging in an effort to add an extra layer of safety to food deliveries.
Zomato has piloted the new ‘Zomato Safely Sealed’ initiative in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Nagpur, and Vadodara.
Sealed packages will be available for starters in small and large sizes for one to two food item boxes and two to four large boxes, respectively. The design of the packaging will make better use of space.
The package has been designed in such a way that after it is sealed by the restaurant it can be broken only by cutting off the top-end strip.
There is no other way to access the food inside due to the tamper-proof packaging. If the safety seal is open, consumers are advised not to accept the delivery.
Zomato has already shipped more than three million tamper-proof packages to restaurants, with plans to increase the number three times by next month.
New packaging will be introduced across 25 more cities in India.
Zomato food delivery CEO Mohit Gupta said: “We understand that the safety seals are made from plastic however we take consolation in the fact that each package is made from a single-material polymer with 50 microns thickness, and are completely reusable / recyclable.
“In the not-so-distant future, we will move towards a biodegradable option.”
Zomato will also feature a ‘100% Safely Sealed’ message on the app for all restaurants who sign-up to use the packaging, helping consumers to make an informed choice.