Delhi to ensure food safety during Commonwealth Games

October 13th, 2008 - 9:34 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Oct 13 (IANS) All those planning to visit Delhi during the Commonwealth Games-2010 can freely enjoy the famous street food in the capital as the government has decided to make elaborate arrangements to ensure food safety. “In a recent meeting of the food safety and standards authority, it was decided to identify 1,000 small and medium eating establishments in different parts of Delhi, which would be assisted to improve their levels of hygiene and safety to specified levels,” a statement issued by the health ministry said.

“Standards of safety and hygiene would be developed and training undertaken through professional agencies. The identified and successful establishment would then be audited and certified to be of the required standards,” it added.

“They would also be given a suitable symbol and monitored periodically,” the statement said.

It is also proposed to bring out a directory of safe eating establishments to be distributed among the visitors.

“Training and capacity building would be undertaken by a panel of auditors and experts. Food samples would be tested periodically and a simplified standard will be developed against which the performance of the establishment will be evaluated,” it added.

These eating establishments would be identified in food clusters, covering different types of cuisine in the city.

“An appropriate logo will be devised and the entire scheme implemented with the support of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India,” the ministry said.

The government plans to undertake similar schemes in other cities to improve safety and hygiene of eating establishments.

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