With the motive to make street food vendors aware of the importance of food safety and hygiene, Government of Maharashtra recently launched a project called ‘Serve Safe Food’ in collaboration with National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and Food and Drugs Administration (FDA). It will train the street food vendors in the State through a mobile van on important and critical subjects like health, hygiene, safe food handling, waste disposal and entrepreneurship.
Project ‘Serve Safe Food’ has already benefitted close to 5000 street food vendors across India since its launch in November 2016 and it will benefit an additional 3600 street food vendors across the State of Maharashtra.
Speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis said, “If we can make street food vendors aware of the importance of food safety and hygiene it will lead to a brighter future for them. This initiative is a great way to not only ensure healthy food for consumers but also enable street food vendors to sustain better livelihoods.”
“In today environment “Food Safety” and “Hygiene’ play a key role especially with street food vendors for which training attains paramount importance. This initiative between Maharashtra FDA and Nestlé India becomes vital,” said Dr Pallavi Darade, Commissioner, FDA Maharashtra.
Dr Swati Piramal, Director, Nestlé India and Vice Chairperson, Piramal Enterprises Limited said enhancing livelihoods and ensuring safe food is at the core of Nestlé India’s societal initiatives.
“We want to build and share knowledge through collaborative partnerships to help improve food safety in the country. I would sincerely like to thank the Government of Maharashtra and NASVI for supporting this initiative and enabling all the participants today,” Suresh Narayanan, Chairman and Managing Director, Nestlé India added.
“Maharashtra has a vast number of street food vendors and this training program will help increase their income and promote a healthier state. NASVI also updates the data of trained street food vendors on the STREETSATHI APP which promotes street food vendors and helps them sustain their livelihoods in turn,” Arbind Singh, National Coordinator, NASVI opined.