Surprise inspections of street food vendors by Food Safety Department

Port Blair, Sept 01: The Food Safety Department, Andaman & Nicobar Administration in its relentless endeavor to ensure the availability of safe and hygienic food to the islanders, today conducted surprise inspections of street food vendors in and around Port Blair Municipal area.

A total of 53 street food vendors were inspected, major and minor violations were noticed during the inspection. The violators were booked under relevant sections of Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The Food Business Operators were also sensitized regarding safe and hygienic processing and handling of food articles prepared and displayed for sale in their respective premises. All street food vendors were instructed to be dressed in proper clean attires viz. aprons, head wears and hand gloves during processing and handling of food articles. It was also emphasized that the Food Business Operators should ensure availability of potable water and refrain from repeated use of cooking oils.

The Commissioner of Food Safety, A&N Islands/Deputy Commissioner, South Andaman has directed all the FBOs to maintain highest level of sanitary and hygienic conditions in their respective premises. The general public may lodge any complaints or grievance on toll free No. 1077 or 03192236168.

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