Asian Journal of Dairy and Food Research, volume 37 issue 4 (december 2018) : 321-325

A pilot study on assessing the sustainability of food safety and hygienic practices in street food handling system

V. Krishnasree, P.V. Nethra, J. Dheeksha, M.S. Madumitha, R. Vidyaeswari, P. Lakshya
1School of Food Science, M.O.P. Vaishnav College for Women (Autonomous), Chennai-600 034, Tamil Nadu, India.
Cite article:- Krishnasree V., Nethra P.V., Dheeksha J., Madumitha M.S., Vidyaeswari R., Lakshya P. (2018). A pilot study on assessing the sustainability of food safety and hygienic practices in street food handling system. Asian Journal of Dairy and Food Research. 37(4): 321-325. doi: 10.18805/ajdfr.DR-1381.
Street food vending units are on a rise in the country as they offer less expensive and a variety of delicacies to the consumer. It also supports the economy of the country as street foods are gathering a lot of attention through food tourism as well. On the other hand, a large number of population is thriving on it as a means of livelihood. However, the safety and hygienic practices followed in these food vending system requires large reforms.  In this regard, the present study was undertaken to understand the awareness of street food handlers on food safety and to determine the microbial contamination of the street foods. The current investigation revealed that even though, majority of the food vendors were aware of the safe food handling practices, it was not followed appropriately during food preparation which resulted in higher levels of microbial contamination in their produce. The study also throws light on the methods that could achieve a sustainable food safety in the street food vending systems in the country. 
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