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MoFPI, NASVI & Nestlé India collaborate to raise food safety awareness
Thursday, 21 December, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, New Delhi
As a part of the implementation of the Swachhta Action Plan, for the year 2017-18, the ministry of food processing industries (MoFPI), jointly with Nestlé India and the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), has launched Project Serve Safe Food to organise training programmes for 500 street food vendors in New Delhi to generate awareness on food quality and safety.

While street food vending is an important source of employment for a large population, a variety of constraints, including the lack of knowledge and skills in business, limited training opportunities and restricted mobility have prevented street vendors from improving their skills and capabilities.

Training on health, hygiene, safe food handling, waste disposal and entrepreneurship will be imparted to the street food vendors. The programme has been rolled out in a phased manner by Nestlé India, with the first leg being launched in Goa in November 2016. This was followed by Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, where training programmes were conducted for over 4,000 street food vendors.

The training programme was chaired by Parag Gupta, joint secretary, MoFPI. Speaking on the occasion, he said, “It is imperative that street food vendors get proper knowledge of food hygiene practices.”

“There is tremendous scope to uplift the overall quality of street food available, which will help them improve livelihood opportunities, and at the same time, increase consumer confidence,” he added.

“The endeavour of Nestlé India and NASVI in organising such events is commendable, and hope it benefits more and more people in the days to come,” Gupta said.

Suresh Narayanan, chairman and managing director, Nestlé India, said, “Quality and safety are the key pillars of Nestlé India and we want to build and share knowledge through collaborative partnerships to help improve food safety in the country.”

“As part of this endeavour, we are working together with NASVI to raise awareness and education on food safety practices and hygiene among street food vendors,” he added.

“Street food vending is a source of livelihood for a significant number of urban poor in the country,” Narayanan said.

“Through this training we want to enable street food vendors to enhance livelihood opportunities alongside ensuring safe and hygienic food,” he added.
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