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Food Safety and Standard Authority of India to study street food hygiene, quality

MUMBAI: The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) has received the Uttar Pradesh government’s go-ahead to study quality of street food in Lucknow and Varanasi, known for tunda kebabs, jalebi and rabri.
The six-month study would cost a few crores and look at the number of street vendors, their personal hygiene besides the number of people consuming the food along with quality of water used.

UP food commissioner would conduct the study, which would also look into the nutritional value of the street food by measuring its fat and mineral content.

“Indians love street food. But it is important to ensure it is prepared and served in hygienic settings. We had asked the UP government for permission to carry out the study to look at the street food quality in 15 districts, but have received clearance to carry it out in Lucknow and Varanasi,” said FSSAI director Pradip Chakraborty.

The decision to standardize street food came after a successful pilot project carried out in Kolkata. The city’s safety standards in its street food inspired the Union health ministry to emulate the model across India.

A recent survey of the ministry in 16 cities found over 90% street food unsafe for consumption.

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