Kolkata Municipal Corporation is gearing up to take measures to ensure street food vendors follow proper hygienic practices.
Street food in Kolkata, with phuchkas and aloo chats as its staple attraction, are a hit among citizens and outsiders as it is cheap and easily available. Since a large section of students dip into street food, KMC authorities feel the food items should be safe and are not allowed to be sold under unhygienic conditions.
“We want to make street foods safe in the city. It has been our focus to ensure that street food vendors maintain a standard of hygiene so that the customers will not have to be suspicious of the quality of food offered,” Atin Ghosh, member, mayor-in-council (health) said.
In keeping with the guidelines formulated in the seminar, KMC health department, under the supervision of Mr Ghosh, has decided to formulate their own regulatory guidelines taking into account the demand of the city.
Use of safe, potable running water will be a key measure to be taken under the guidelines being worked out since water that is unsafe for consumption cause a variety of diseases. The vendors must also ensure proper garbage disposal and that food is handled in a scientific way. A certain level of temperature is maintained while cooking the food is also being considered.