Panjim: The directives come following an inspection drive spread over two months wherein food safety officials found violations of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 and the Rules/Regulation 2011.
In a sensitization meeting held on Tuesday, FDA Director Salim Veljee warned he would initiate strict penal action against the defaulters including cancellation and stopping of their food activities.
“The attendees were informed about adopting safe and hygienic/sanitation practices in dealing with the food at their street food stalls. They were also warned of action for any violation as food safety officers had noticed irregularities during the inspection,” one of the officials said.
The street food vendors agreed to cooperate with the FDA and sought its intervention in taking up the difficulties they face over timely disposal of the waste generated from their food stalls, despite paying the municipality a monthly waste disposal fee of Rs 300.
The vendors conceded that they occasionally use artificial colours on customers’ requests. FDA officials advised them to educate consumers that use of artificial colours is unhealthy.
FDA will also take up the matter with the concerned municipal authorities to explore the possibility of identifying a designated place for the vendors with basic minimum sanitation infrastructural facilities, availability of clean potable water and prompt waste disposal system.