Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Food safety guidelines for Commonwealth Games

Delhi is going to host Commonwealth Games in which large numbers of visitors including the participant from all corners of world are expected.

With preparation for this event going on a very large scale in all the divisions such as infrastructure, transport, etc. the most important is the food sector or the food joints/restaurant in Delhi, NCR which will be eventually serving food to all.

All the small and medium scale restaurants should take this event as an opportunity to maximize their business by increasing the number of people visiting them. This is possible by upgrading staff and system by getting trained in the food safety.

Those planning to visit Delhi during the Commonwealth Games 2010 can freely enjoy the famous Indian food in the capital as the government has decided to make elaborate arrangements to ensure food safety. "In a recent meeting of the food safety and standards authority, it was decided to identify 1,000 small and medium eating establishments in different parts of Delhi, which would be assisted to audit their levels of hygiene." a statement issued by the health ministry said.

"Standards of safety and hygiene would be developed and training undertaken through professional agencies. The identified and successful establishment would then be audited and certified to be of the required standards," it added. "They would also be given a suitable symbol and monitored periodically," the statement said. It is also proposed to bring out a directory of safe eating establishments to be distributed among the visitors.

"Training and capacity building would be undertaken by a panel of auditors and experts. Food samples would be tested periodically and a simplified standard will be developed against which the performance of the establishment will be evaluated," it added. These eating establishments would be identified in food clusters, covering different types of cuisine in the city.

(Read article: Delhi to rate restaurants)

"An appropriate logo will be devised and the entire scheme implemented with the support of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India," the ministry said. The government plans to undertake similar schemes in other cities to improve safety and hygiene of eating establishments.

With the Commonwealth Games just a year away, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit Friday said all safety norms would be strictly adhered to in eateries and elsewhere during the event. Flagging off a walkathon and a food safety run at India Gate to commemorate World Food Day, Dikshit said: "We want to establish India as a safe food destination during the upcoming Games by adhering to food safety norms at all food serving establishments and at home." improvement

Organised in association with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the walkathon was themed as "Food Safety and Quality - India Prepares for Commonwealth Games 2010 K.N. Shenoy, chairman of the CII Institute of Quality, said: "This day's celebrations will further strengthen the quality movement in India. India should remain committed to the cause of food safety and quality by inculcating world class quality consciousness."


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