To put a curb on unregistered street vendors selling edible items along the road side, health department has launched one month campaign to make street food vendors aware about the Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) norms and to register the unregistered street sellers through specific procedure.
“After receiving frequent complaints on the issue, a meeting was conducted on March 12 under the supervision of food safety commissioner where all the food safety officers (FSOs) are instructed to carry out a month long campaign along with conducting a regular surveys in their respective wards,” informed, Director Food Safety, RK Dubey.
“Those earning more than 12 lakh or above must have to keep licence whereas those vendors whose income is less than 12 lakh need to get themselves registered through online procedure. All the Food safety officers have been instructed to conduct surveys to collect samples on regular intervals,” Dubey added.
The registrations of the street food vendors are mandatory. In exercise of the powers conferred under section 92 of the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006, FSSAI has proposed Draft of Food Safety and Standards Regulation, 2010 under which Part 3.2 makes it mandatory for all Food Business Operators in the country to be registered or licensed in accordance with the procedures laid down in the regulation.
“We have also issued a circular for all Food Safety Officers to conduct an inspection drive in there respective areas and rigorously carry out the campaign. It is mandatory for vendors to have ID proofs with them to fulfill the norms and avail the services,” Dubey further added.
Presently, there are three food safety officers (FSOs) for all the 55 wards. “We have been instructed to carry an intensive one month campaign at our respective wards starting from third week of March. As far as collecting samples are concerned, we are doing that on regular basis in all the wards. On a monthly basis more than 50 samples are collected which are send to state food safety laboratory for further examination. It is mandatory for all street vendors to have Identity proofs like Aadhaar, voter ID etc. to avail the license and getting themselves registered,” said Food safety officer, KP Singh, who keeps the track record of ward number 25 to 35.
The Registration of the food vendors has initiated since April 2014 in various cities across India to keep a trail of street food sellers.