Surat (Gujarat): The Food Safety Authority of India (FSAI) is in the process of issuing certificates to stalls vending street food. This will help the street food lovers judge the quality of food being served at such joints. After Ahmedabad, the FSAI has decided to implement the scheme in Surat too. In Ahmedabad, 66 street food stalls have been certified.
If all the eating joints in a particular locality meet the standards set by FSAI, the area is declared Clean Street Food Hub. The FSAI has drawn norms for the certification. Outlets that are at least 80 per cent compliant to the norms are certified.
Ashish Naik, deputy commissioner, health of the Surat Municipal Corporation said that the residents of Surat love street food but hygiene is an issue at most of the street food outlets. He said that the process would be completed within two months. “We have received guidelines from the FSAI,” he said.