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After cleanliness, Mysuru vouches for healthy street food

T R Sathish Kumar, Mysuru, Mar 17, 2016, DHNS: The city-based CSIR-CFTRI, in association with Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and Street Vendors Association, has developed a module to enhance the quality and hygiene of street food, in view of the 'Cleanest City' tag, Mysuru has won twice in a row. The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research - Central Food Technological Research Institute (CSIR-CFTRI) had organised a workshop on 'Ensuring Safe Street Food in India's Cleanest City' for street vendors in this regard, here, on Thursday. Over 100 street vendors were presented with a basic kit, consisting of an apron, gloves, caps, sanitisers and a booklet containing relevant information. The outreach programme of the CSIR-CFTRI is a result of a study undertaken by the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research (AcSIR) doctoral students to assess the hygiene and overall status among street food vendors in the city recently. The students had gathered inputs from around 200 vendors and also from consumers through a questionnaire. CSIR-CFTRI Director Ram Rajasekharan said, street food was an integral part of urban lifestyle, so ignorance on the part of the vendors about hygienic practices will affect the health of the consumers. 'Challenging issue' "Besides ensuring taste, affordability and diversity, street vendors should stress on hygiene. It is also a challenge for the policy-makers. The workshop shed light on issues ailing the street vendors, maintenance of hygiene in and around the vending spots, empowerment of street vendors with basic knowledge about food safety," he said. "CSIR-CFTRI aims at imparting its scientific knowledge and expertise for ensuring clean, safe, nutritious and affordable street food in Mysuru, by creating awareness and disseminating basic and essential knowledge to street vendors. Street vendors should become responsible food handlers, especially as the city has been declared as the 'cleanest city' of India for the second consecutive term," Ram Rajasekharan. MCC Commissioner C G Betsurmath said, four food zones with adequate infrastructure would come up in the city, on the lines of similar facilities in Singapore, for the convenience of both the vendors as well as the consumers. "When we take action against errant vendors, the intention is to ensure food safety, not to harass vendors. The vendors should follow the rules. As per the new initiative, plastic covers and carry bags should not be used and a board to this effect should be displayed at each stall," he said. A model street vending cart was on display, with a chef cooking food in it. A demonstration on detection of common adulterants was also held. The city-based CSIR-CFTRI, in association with Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) and Street Vendors Association, has developed a module to enhance the quality and hygiene of street food, in view of the 'Cleanest City' tag, Mysuru has won twice in a row.
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