The Department of Food anf Drug Administration has begun a survey of roadside eateries in the district ahead of launching a sensitisation programme for them on food hygiene and safety.
Department executives led by R Ramesh Babu, Designated Officer, Food Safety and Drug Administration, Tiruchi, conducted the survey in the city on July 1st, 2021, and enumerated as many as 228 roadside eateries including the night tiffin stalls, pushcarts, panipuri, bhajji/vada and allied vendors. The survey will continue over the next few days in the district.
The eateries would be educated to keep food behind glass cases or in closed containers and not keep them in the open.
Similarly, they will also be sensitised against using water in a single bucket for all the plates and vessels. Alternatively, they could use a 25 L water can with a pipe to wash the plates and vessels, said Dr Ramesh Babu.
Ashwin Bhadri, CEO of Equinox Labs, says, “Food businesses still take a lenient approach towards food safety which is reflected in their food handling practices. Food businesses, street vending in particular, are full of safety hazards - e.g. bacteria, viruses, broken glass, cleaning chemicals, toxins The only way to protect your yourself, your business and more importantly, your customers from these hazards is by going through food safety training and education.”