Clean Street Food
India has a rich tradition of street food that often reflects local culture. Easy availability of street food coupled with its wide variety and delicacy of the offerings, not to forget the
comparative low prices, have made street food popular with all sections of society, including
the elite and foreign tourists.
Street food is, however, often perceived as unhygienic and a major health risk. Hence there is a need for capacity building of street food vendors that should lead to their behavior
change. Many initiatives have been taken up in the past, but these were all sporadic and
did not take up all vendors in any area, as a result, were not sustainable.
Project Clean Street Food is one of the initiatives taken up by FSSAI under a 360 degree approach to Food Safety and Healthy Nutrition. This would involve training and capacity building of the street food vendors and ensure proper regulatory oversight over them under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.