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FOOD SAFETY

KFC India rolls out street food vendors’ training programme in Mumbai
Thursday, 07 December, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
KFC India rolled out its street food vendor training programme, a first by any player in the quick service restaurant (QSR) industry, in Mumbai recently. This initiative is based on the framework of the Clean Street Food campaign of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), the country’s apex food regulator, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Maharashtra. The event was inaugurated by Pallavi Darade, food safety commissioner, Maharashtra.
 
As a part of KFC’s social commitment, the initiative is aimed at capacity building amongst the unorganised sector, which will disseminate the content of FSSAI’s Clean Street Food campaign, available in the public domain. KFC India will impart training to 500 street food vendors in Mumbai, as a part of its food safety training initiatives, using FSSAI’s food safety training and certification (FoSTAC) module for street food vendors, over the next four months.
 
Talking about the initiative, Rahul Shinde, managing director, KFC India, said, “Food safety is a shared responsibility amongst food regulators and industry players. With the rollout of the programme in Mumbai, we are hoping to contribute to the larger objective of ensuring health, hygiene and safety standards for consumers in the city.”

Pawan Kumar Agarwal, chief executive officer, FSSAI, said, “FSSAI is committed to ensuring safe and nutritious food to every citizen of the country and firmly believes that this can only be achieved through active participation by multiple stakeholders.”

“We are glad to see food businesses across the country actively participating in training street food vendors to adopt safety practices while preparing and serving food,” he added.
 
The programme rolled out in Mumbai is in partnership with KFC franchise partner Sapphire Foods (I) (P) Ltd and the implementation agency Sadik Masih Medical Social Servant Society.

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

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 Hindi 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 FoSTaC training, the food vendors will receive a certification of completion.
 
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