New Delhi, Feb. 6 -- The country's food safety regulator has asked states to roll out a project to ensure that devotees were served safe 'prasad' at places of worship.

Every day, an estimated 300 million people visit places of worship across the country and receive food, which can be a small portion or a complete meal like the 'langar' served in gurdwaras.

Distributing food in a temple, mosque, church or a gurdwara requires a licence from the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). These places of worship must also follow foodsafety guidelines.

"...You are requested to roll out the project BHOG in your state/UT and also nominate a nodal officer for this initiative," FSSAI CEO Pawan Agarwal said in an order issued on January...