Media using false reports to malign street food in Delhi?

New Delhi: Are the media and the local TV channels so hungry to sensationalize news that they even promote classroom projects as ‘reliable studies to add to hysteria’?

While the nation watches the ‘Maggi noodles’ controversy and citizens are discussing the relative safety of processed foods, certain vested interests are circulating a false ‘study’ to discredit street food in Delhi.

In a press release, the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) strongly condemned and objected to the ‘false and malicious’ news being published in print as well as electronic media based on a ‘latest study’. The study claims it has found high quantities of ‘faecal contamination’ in fast food and junk food items, especially in several west and central Delhi localities. The so-called report is said to be prepared by Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa, and shows extremely high volume of E. coli bacteria, which can cause severe infections, in samples of ‘street foods’ it is claimed.street food

No such study, says IHCN

However, the principal of the institute categorically denies any such report and study being done by them.

NASVI has taken this matter very seriously. It has pointed to the malafide intentions behind this so-called report, which casts doubts on the safety of street food and can jeopardize the livelihood of thousands of street food vendors of Delhi.

Ms Sangeeta Singh ,head street food programs (NASVI) talked to the principal of Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa who was quite livid at this so-called report. He said that no such study has been done in the recent part. This ‘study’ was done way back in 2012 by students as part of a classroom project according to the curriculum and was never backed by the institute.

NASVI has initiated a move for serving hygienic food in the most crowded ‘street food’ places of the city. Snacks like Chat, Golgappas, Tikkies, Samosas etc are very popular among street food lovers because of their easy availability and cost effectiveness.

NASVI understands the only fear among the street food lovers is whether such food is safe and hygienic. To address this concern NASVI has joined hands with Ministry of Tourism and FSSAI to train street vendors in hygiene and sanitation. Nearly 2,000 vendors have already been trained by NASVI in Delhi.


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