Monsoon – Every food lover loves this season. This season not only brings romantic feeling in lovers but also the chilly weather, clouds and rains make it perfect time to relish the hot Samosas, Pakodas, Bhajjis, Vadas and chutneys.
The other day while I was watching a road side chatwala serving panipuri to a customer, I happened to see where his hands were two minutes ago and I was just watching what and where all his hands and fingers were going to.
It is a fact that most of the street food in India is unhygienic. A fruit juice counter is the worse. It is loaded with micro organisms. In fact there is a study that proves that 70% showed microbial load. A research conducted on the street vendors showed that only 3% wore gloves and 2% washed their hands.
Some of the issues raised about the vendors were about how the food was made. In what type of dish it was made. The material used and so on. Another issue raised was about the food coloring agents. There seemed that the food coloring agents were toxic in nature. The vendors didn’t maintain any standard in usage of the dyes.
But since the street food is so popular, the vendors had to be provided with knowledge about the safe practices used in cooking. The research showed that when the vendors were trained, the rate of hygiene while preparing food increased.
Street food is pocket friendly, popular and tasty. But it can affect people’s health if it is not prepared in a right manner or hygienically. I think the important issue here is about the knowledge about hygiene. This problem can be solved by teaching and educating the vendors and help them to put these into practice.
Eat healthy, stay healthy.