VM Salgaocar College of Law (VMSCL) Legal Aid Society’s Porvorim Free Legal Aid Cell, in association with the Directorate of Food and Drugs Administration (FDA), organised a training programme for street food vendors and consumers of Tiswadi and Bardez, under the guidance of assistant professor, Shruti Kamat Dalal. Resource person for the programme was designated officer, FDA, Richard Luis Noronha.
The objective of the training was to educate food handlers to develop healthy hygiene practices. Noronha stated that food safety is of paramount importance to the authority and the law is clear, if compelled to, the authorities would not hesitate to penalise the vendors for legal transgressions. He added that food safety system is a must not only from the point of view of good health of the consumers for prevention of illnesses but also improves business and profits of vendors.
Noronha further explained the reasons behind food borne diseases. He advised vendors not to allow pets near the carts; to always wear the requisite gear, ie cap, gloves, apron; to periodically wash the utensils; and maintain and clean the cart on a weekly basis. The vendors were reminded to renew their health cards every six months without which they would not be permitted to engage in the food business. Lastly, vendors were cautioned to display a board on their carts that would carry their cart registration number, 12 rules and dos and don’ts to be abided by the vendors.