The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has initiated a move with the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) for serving hygienic food in the most crowded ‘street food’ places of the city. Snack foods like Chat, Golgappas, Tikkies, Samosas etc are very popular among street food choices because of the availability and cost effectiveness. The only fear in consuming street food; if such food is contaminated or in poor quality then one may easily fall prey to numerous diseases.
To ensure that all food, being served on roadside eateries should maintain quality standards, the FSSAI has selected eight locations which will be declared safe zones for street food enthusiasts of the city and going forward, this program will continue with focus on other locations. The criteria of selecting such zones is based on the huge influx of people hunting for street food. The apex authority on food safety & standards has asked NASVI to work for training the street vendors in maintaining food quality standards.
The Association (NASVI) said to have started the training process for a group of 500 vendors and would ensure that the introductory list of eight zones should meet quality standards. The eight zones specified as – Chandni Chowk, Karol Bagh, Nizammuddin, Sarojini Nagar, Paharganj, New Delhi Railway Station, Krishna Nagar Jheel & Tilak Nagar. An estimated 2000 vendors are supposed to be trained for the application of the new food safety program in order to serve a good quality food and save people from health hazards.
The groundwork has already been completed and NASVI is working in tandem with the food vendors for the successful implementation of this project. FSSAI is targeting to cover every street vendor in the city so that safety standards could be implemented for neat and safe food for city people. The regulations have been set and once the registration process gets completed, the aforesaid eight zones will be declared as safe zones for street food lovers.
The lack of awareness and a casual approach by the street vendors are considered to have the reasons for not maintaining hygiene on their stalls. National Association of Food Vendors looks to incorporate the guidelines for basic and special techniques applicable to street vendors while serving or storing their food stock. The association will promote co-operation among existing vendors for better monitoring and to give a professional look to street food business.