Inks pact to train 50,000 small food vendors across the country
Delhi, 27th March, 2017: Food Safety and Standard Authority of India and
The MoU, signed by Pawan Agarwal, CEO, FSSAI and Venkatesh Kini, President,
As part of this initiative,
While addressing the press conference, CEO, FSSAI said, “I am delighted to see that corporates are taking up the responsibility to ensure safe and nutritious food across the country under FSSAI’s “Safe and Nutritious Food – A shared responsibility”. I am confident that this partnership will help in accelerating Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision for Skilled and Healthy India. As small food vendors form an integral part of our society, there is a strong need to create awareness about hygiene and best practices amongst these vendors. This partnership will positively impact the small scale food vendors community and will serve as a strong base towards promoting safe and nutritious food while eating out.”
Speaking on the occasion, President,
The training module under the project will focus on the owners and employers at small food service outlets and street food vendors, mostly in the unorganized sector, to understand the basic tenets of food safety and hygiene. Under the partnership, the program will be rolled out in phased manner with the first leg to be initiated by mid-April in Ludhiana, Punjab. Over the next three years, it plans to expand to 14 other locations through bottling plant network of
FSSAI has engaged with government agencies, NGOs and private partners under “Clean Street Food”. More than 20,000 street vendors were trained during Delhi project in association with Ministry of Skill Development. A push on food safety and hygiene was provided during Eighth National Street Food Festival, 2016 where vendors representing 24 states across India were trained. FDA, Goa in association with Nestle adopted the project, where about 700 street food vendors were trained during its first phase. Similarly, Sadik Masih Medical Social Servant Society is one of the NGOs to take up the project in east Delhi in association with European commission and ActionAid India.