Indore: 56 Dukan gets Clean Street Food Hub tag

Indore: Indore’s Chhappan Dukan in Palasia, along with three places in Gujarat, was declared ‘Clean Street Food Hub’ on Monday by Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI). Senior food safety officer Manish Swami told Free Press that FSSAI has given the tag of Clean Street Food Hub to Chhapan Dukan.

“It became possible with support of all shopkeepers of Chhappan Dukaan, efforts of citizens and FSSAI officials,” he said. The certificate issued on Monday would be pasted by all the shopkeepers in front of their shop. Local food safety officials had applied for tag two months back as a result of which a general audit team visited city recently to verify the claim.

He said the team visited to audit the city’s claim for hygiene and standard street food at Chhappan Dukan. After inspection of general audit team, a national audit team (a third party private agency) also visited the city for inspection few days back. Swami pointed out that the shopkeepers at Chhappan Dukan were given training and were also informed about FSSAI rules and regulations to maintain hygiene and food quality. Located near upscale Palasia, Chhappan Dukan (means 56 Shops) is one of city’s most popular joints where one can find street food, salted snacks and other food items.

Shopkeepers to follow these regulations

1 All shops are registered and licensed under FSSAI and boards with FSSAI registration/license number, to be displayed outside every shop

2 Cooks and staff will wear gloves etc to maintain food hygiene

3 RO water will be available

4 All FSSAI rules will be followed from preparing food to disposing of remaining food

5 Food will be served in stainless steel utensils

Sameer Tiwari of Free Press talked to residents to know their views. Excerpts:

Indore getting this tag from FSSAI is a significant achievement. This journey from grubby to clean food street points towards level of cleanliness. Three cheers for citizens, shopkeepers and FSSAI officials. Neeti Malhotra, school principal

City residents and specially the shopkeepers must be appreciated for efforts they have put in. Now, we all must set new bench mark and try to make Sarafa a clean street food hub. Asha Wadhwani, homemaker

Earlier, it was difficult to imagine that Chhappan Dukan will ever be given this tag. But in past two years, efforts of local shopkeepers and civic authorities have made this possible. It is a very proud moment for all Indoreans. Naman Dongle, businessman

Free Press Journal