To ensure hygienic food for consumers, vendors in Kolkata were given useful tips over the use of healthy fats and oils, home ground spices, and clean water at the Safe Food Walkathon on Sunday, December 13, 2015.
S. Maitra, a co-ordinator of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), said, "We have trained 1,000 street food vendors in Kolkata Metropolitan Corporation area and 450 in sector 5 in Salt Lake. The walkathons are part of a series of campaigns launched towards sensitizing target sectors such as the vendors, consumers and industry on their roles, rights, importance of hygienic practices and steps to prevent food-borne illnesses."
‘The Safe Food Walkathons aim towards sensitizing the vendors, consumers and food industry on the importance of hygienic practices and steps to prevent food-borne illnesses. They were given useful tips over the use of healthy fats and oils, home ground spices, and clean water.’
Four stalls serving popular snacks like 'kachori', 'puri' and 'chaat' were put up to demonstrate food safety at the walkathon, a part of the Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan.
Vendors also participated in a street drama and sensitized audiences at the event organized by the Confederation of India Industry (CII) in collaboration with Cargill India, NASVI and consumer body VOICE.
Safe Food Walkathons were held in New Delhi and Lucknow earlier in 2015 and will be followed by five more, including one at Bengaluru on December 20, 2015, and another at Jamshedpur on January 10, 2016.