Assessment of Hygiene Status and Environmental Conditions among Street Food Vendors in South-Delhi, India

Sneha Kumari, Priyanka Sharma, Geeta Yadav, Umang Salodia, Lalit Chandrawanshi, Jugal Kishore

Abstract


Introduction: Rapid urbanization has led to increased need for informal sector services in India. Street food vendors are also among them. Their role is vital in maintenance of hygienic food conditions. But
their hygienic status and environmental conditions are relatively sub-standard. So, an assessment at their level is required for formulation of guidelines.

Methods: A total of 130 vendors were included in the study by convenient sampling. Face-to-face interview technique with a questionnaire was used to gather data.

Results: Personal hygiene of the street food vendor is poor. Gloves (10.8%) and aprons (3.8%) were used by very less number of vendors. Besides these hazards, exposure to dust (80%) and flies (71.5%) was present.

Conclusion: Street food vendors are exposed to personal and environment hazards. Lack of any training on food hygiene and safety is a major setback. There is need to regulate these vendors with mandatory certification.


Keywords


Personal hygiene, Street food, Waste disposal

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