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In first for Indian QSR chains, KFC starts Clean Street Food programme
Monday, 09 October, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
In a pioneering initiative for the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry, KFC India launched a street food vendor training programme in Chennai, based on the framework of the Clean Street Food campaign of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) and the Food Safety Authority of Tamil Nadu.

The initiative, a part of the chain’s social commitment, is aimed at capability building amongst the unorganised sector, which will disseminate the content of FSSAI’s Clean Street Food campaign, available in the public domain.

In the first phase of the project, KFC will train 500 street food vendors in Chennai, as a part of its food safety training initiatives, over the next five months. 

Talking about the initiative, Rahul Shinde, managing director, KFC India said, “We consider food safety as a shared responsibility amongst food regulators and industry players.”

“Through this initiative we hope to contribute to the larger objective of ensuring health, hygiene and safety standards for consumers,” he added.

“As a part of the first phase of the initiative, we are looking at training 500 street vendors in Chennai over the next five months,” Shinde said.

“Basis the response we get from Tamil Nadu, we would consider expanding the programme to other states over the coming years, promoting the need for food safety in the country,” he added.

The programme was rolled out in Chennai in partnership with Sadik Masih Medical Social Servant Society, Delhi.

As part of the programme, the street food vendors will be provided training on food safety and hygiene with an aim to increase their awareness on the importance of serving safe food.

Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, highlighted that the country’s apex food regulator was committed to ensuring safe and nutritious food to every citizen of the country, and firmly believed that this could only be achieved through active participation by multiple stakeholders.

Talking about KFC’s initiative, he added, “I am happy to see that several responsible businesses are coming on-board to support FSSAI’s larger set of capability building priorities.”

“This holistic effort towards co-creating the culture of safe and wholesome food would go a long way, so that citizens at large can have greater confidence in the food they get,” Agarwal said.

The training will focus on key aspects of hygiene, food handling, waste disposal and pest control to help street food vendors adopt food safety practices, while serving safe food to consumers. The module will be delivered in Tamil and has been designed as an easy-to-understand and interactive format.
 
The training programme will be in the form of workshops in select street food vendor clusters across the city. It will be bolstered by the distribution of demo hygiene kits and informative flyers on food safety requirements.

Upon completion of the training, the food vendors will receive a certification of completion of Food Safety Training and Certification (FoSTaC) training.

The programme will be rolled out in a phased manner, with the first leg initiated in October 2017 in Chennai.
 
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