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HYGIENE AND SANITATION PRACTICES OF SELECTED STREET FOOD VENDORS IN ANAND AND VALLABH-VIDYANAGAR

Mitali Sharma

M.Sc. Student,
P.G.Department of Home Science
Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Annand-388120, Gujarat, India

Paulomi Dalal

Adhoc Assistant Professor,
P.G.Department of Home Science
Sardar Patel University, Vallabh Vidyanagar
Annand-388120, Gujarat, India

Abstract

Street foods are perceived to be prepared in unsanitary condition by people not trained in proper food handling techniques; the street food industry has an important role in the cities and towns. It feeds millions of people daily with a wide variety of foods that are relatively cheap and easy accessible. A study to determine hygiene and sanitary practices of vendors of street foods in Anand and Vallabh Vidyanagar was carried out. A sample size of 110 street food vendors selling commonly consumed foods was selected. Data was collected using structured questionnaire and observation checklists. Information from the study shows that vendors lacked training on food preparation, surrounding not clean. Findings shows that majority of the food vendors prepared their street foods at home , did not have the garbage facility due to insufficient water supply nearby the cart most of the vendors save water in the buckets to wash the soiled utensils and for hand wash as well . Most vendors have no aprons, observed minimal personal hygiene without covering their hair and cleaning their finger nails. It can be concluded, that personal hygiene of vendors and environment of the surroundings was unsatisfactory. Awareness programs at regular intervals are the need of recent times for healthy society and clean environment.

Key words: Street vendors, Hygiene, Sanitation, Anand and Vallabh.

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