The End of Delhi Belly?

The Indian capital will get eight 'safe street food' zones, where food lovers can sample the local offerings without worrying about getting sick.

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Anyone who travels to India is at least a little paranoid of falling victim to the infamous “Delhi belly” after enjoying the country’s delicious street food offerings. Urban Dictionary pleasantly defines Delhi belly as “Diarrhea or dysentery contracted from eating Indian (i.e., from India) food.”

But India is looking for a solution to this unfortunate problem. The Daily Mail reports that The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India is creating eight ‘safe street food’ zones in Delhi where food lovers can sample the local offerings without worrying about getting sick.

The National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) has pledged that the vendors in these zones will follow proper hygiene practices and food handling methods. “In consultation with the government and food safety experts, NASVI has prepared elaborate guidelines to be followed by every vendor, which cover things as basic as not touching any part of the body while cooking and serving food, or specific techniques for food storage and handling.”

NASVI is training nearly 2,000 vendors in the eight zones, which include Nizammuddin, Chandni Chowk, Sarojini Nagar, Karol Bagh, Paharganj, New Delhi Railway Station, Tilak Nagar, and Krishna Nagar Jheel. After the vendors in these eight zones are trained, the concept will be replicated in other parts of the capital. The association has already started the training process and is bringing together 500 vendors from across the city on October 21 for a food safety and handling workshop.

[via The Daily Mail]

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