90 per cent street food vendors do not wash hands with soap: PGI study

The Hush Post|01:00pm| 2-min-read
Ninety per cent vendors do not wash hands with soap and 80 per cent have poor food hygiene in Chandigarh, a PGI study has found. So, if this is the state of affairs in one of the most well-planned and well-administered city Chandigarh, one can well imagine the level of hygiene in other parts of the country.
A total of 400 random street food vendors were interviewed in the research. This is what more the study has revealed:

  • It came to light that 80 per cent vendors have poor food hygiene, which means they have long nails and long hair.
  • They were accepting currency notes with the same hands they were cooking without washing or using gloves.
  • Sanitation around their work station was not satisfactory.
  • Only 10 to 12 vendors were washing their hands properly. Even those washing their hands were not using soap.
  • Ninety per cent of them did not have dustbins.
  • The study further found that about 40 to 50 per cent vendors do not wash vegetables.

1/5th of the city population consumes street food in one form or another. Food safety among vendors in periphery like Mani Majra and Dadu Majra here is comparatively bad.

“There is no information about the source of ice that the vendors use. If not used hygienically, ice can lead to food-borne diseases. Stuff like ‘momos’ chutney should be consumed within four hours. Food temperature is also not maintained,” said Dr Kumar Pushkar, who is doing PhD on street food safety.

Diseases caused by unhygienic street food:
Eating unhealthy food may cause viral hepatitis, jaundice, typhoid, gastro intrinsic, food poisoning, cholera and water-borne diseases.

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