President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has said that food safety
ensuring clean and nutrition food should be a key priority of the
government policies as it is vital for physical and mental health of
people .He said that India has made significant strides over the past
decades in food production and globalization of the world economy has
given a significant boost to food trade. But at the same time, it has
created a new set of challenges to food safety. The Indian Standards on
basic requirements for street food vendors is an important step-
especially in the context of the significant growth in the street food
sector. It has important economic and nutritional implications for our
urban populations as street foods are an accessible and affordable
option for a sizeable percentage of our working population, he asserted.
Shri Pranab Mukherjee further said that but we should be conscious that
a substantial majority of our food businesses are small and cottage
scale units hence implementation should not be too complex.
. Releasing BIS Indian Standard on Food Safety requirements for street
food vendors during the occasion, Prof Thomas Minister Of Consumer
Affairs, Food And Public Distribution said that these standards will
focus on providing minimal check points for ensuring safety of street
foods by assuring food security for a large number of rural, urban and
migrant populations in terms of hygiene and quality. These will also act
as a bridge between the street food vendors and the consumer of street
food, and assure that the street food conforms to specified standards
and hence are safe.
The Minister said that with the expectations of the people regarding
safety of food rising by the day, Indian standardization system must, at
all costs, step in to safeguard public health, and thus promote consumer
confidence. It is in this direction that the BIS has already released
“Indian standards on Good Hygienic Practices, Good Manufacturing
Practices and Food Retail Management.”
Underling the importance of awareness among all stake holders regarding
these food safety standards, the Minister said that BIS had recently
organized a series of seminars at major State capitals. Now, this
National Seminar being organised today is mainly to discuss the
recommendations arrived in the past, and to draw up a road map for
future course of action in this important area.
Prof. Thomas said that the Government is fully conscious that the food
industry, being a good earner of foreign exchange, , deserves all our
support, and must not be tied down of its potential to grow by perceived
limitations as viewed from safety angle. “We only want that standards
should be contributory to a sound regulatory foundation for domestic and
international trade in food, taking into account the interests of
consumers, the industry and a very strict regime of international
quality norms” he said.
.Addressing the Seminar Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, the renowned Agriculture
scientist said that food safety literacy movement should be taken up in
a big way through information and communication technology, community
food managers from local elected bodies should also be involved in this
campaign. Expressing concern over pesticides residue in food products he
said that strict safety standards should be adopted to safeguard common
man from this.
‘Indian standards on street food vendors- food safety requirements’
released on the occasion provide detailed guidelines regarding quality
of inputs and ingredients, transport, reception and storage of inputs,
utensils and cutting tools: material of construction, cleaning and
storage, hygienic practices, personal hygiene and habits, food
preparation cooking and handling.