Street food vendors of Haryana are selling food items without training and licenses

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Chandigarh (Archana): Every year 9.4 million people of the world are prone to foodborne infections. About 250 diseases catch people due to infected food. Street food vendors of Haryana are serving food without training on food safety and safe food handling. 91.5 percent of vendors do not have food hygiene training.

96.5 percent of the vendors were found without license. This has been revealed in the well-planned city of Panchkula in Haryana, researcher of the Center for Public Health of Punjab University and GMCH-32 Community Medicine Department of Chandigarh. According to the study, only 4 percent women were found with 96 percent men who work in food vending.

61.5 per cent of wandering units were found around which stray pushers were roaming. 33 percent are food vendors who are educated up to primary level and 13 percent are illiterate. Men in the age group of 18 to 66 years are associated with this trade. Food trading is the main business of 81 percent. More than half of the vendors received information about diseases and their symptoms due to infected food. 25 percent were wanders who were aware that infection caused by dirty towels can be caught by people.

Licenses continue, so that the victim of harassment does not become a victim,

Government Medical College and Hospital Sector-32 President of the Department of Community Medicine, Dr. Naveen Krishna Goyal, says that street food vendors should be trained in food safety and handling after regular hours . Regular health checkup should be done. Licenses should be issued so that there is no victim of any kind of harassment.

Do not wear rings or other gowns while cooking. Most of the vendors’ units had a good basic structure. They had the facility of dustbin and waste management to throw garbage but most were not using apprences and galbs.

25 percent of wanders

re-use leftover food, according to the report, 45.5 percent of wanders do not reuse leftover food and discard it. 20 percent were wanders whose food is left with nothing and all the food is sold. 25 percent of vendors believed that the leftovers were refrigerated so that they could be used the next day. Some believed that the leftovers feed the animals.

The study found that stray animals roam around several wandering units (61.5 percent). Wanders (25 percent) have also installed units in such a place, where the dirty water remains. 9.5 percent of the wandering units were also found near the waste litter and 0.5 percent near the toilet.

Water storage tanks were covered in most of the units. Less than half had also covered the utensils. Food was being served in disposable plates though some people were also using metal and plastic plates. 64.5 percent of the wanders were also changing the oil used in everyday food.

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