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Of roadside food and hygiene
By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, June 25: Road-side restaurants in Guwahati are rising in number, so are road-side stalls. Their growth proves there’s no dearth of customers. The moot question, however, is: is the food they serve hygienic?
The spurt in such food stalls and restaurants in the city has led to dearth of space. Many of such stalls have been set up near drains and dustbins. Bothering little food safety people throng such stalls. It is high time the State Health and Family Welfare Department looked into the matter.
Manoj Das (not real me) has his stall at Beltola. He sells pork and chapattis. He boasts of pulling customers, even from far off places. The food he sells is exposed to road-side dust as well as flies from the nearby drain.
Sunil Sarma (me not real) sells Chinese dishes on the road side. His stall is at Bhetapara. He remains busy with his customers almost the entire day. It’s a matter of serious concern that due to lack of water he is uble to wash used dishes properly. He just keeps the used utensils immersed in a bucket full of water to use them again. He also lacks proper place to keep his frying pans. He says that no one has enquired and checked the hygienic condition of the food he prepares and sells.
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