International Journal of Advanced Biochemistry Research

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Vol. 8, Special Issue 3, Part J (2024)

Study on food safety standards practiced by street food vendors & household women in Varanasi district

Author(s): Zeenat Aman and Mukta Singh
Abstract: Food safety is an important issue that affects the health and wellbeing of people around the world. This research investigates the food safety standards practiced by both street food vendors and household women in the Varanasi district of India. Street food, a popular and affordable choice for millions in developing nations, is a longstanding tradition in India driven by factors such as affordability and convenience. However, the unhygienic preparation of street foods poses potential health hazards. Street vendors often lack formal training in food safety protocols, leading to an increased risk of foodborne illnesses. This study employs a purposive cum random sampling approach to assess the food safety practices of 50 household women and 20 street food vendors. Data collection involves interviews and observations, with both quantitative and qualitative analyses conducted to explore various aspects of food safety standards.
The findings reveal disparities in food safety knowledge and practices among respondents, highlighting the need for targeted awareness and training initiatives. By enhancing adherence to food safety standards, street food vending can continue to offer a viable livelihood opportunity for the urban poor while ensuring consumer safety. Additionally, the study sheds light on the existing working conditions of street vendors, emphasizing the importance of addressing issues such as income, working hours, and discrimination by municipal authorities. The results indicate that while a significant proportion of both household women and street food vendors demonstrate awareness of food safety measures, there are notable gaps in implementation. Factors such as age, education, and social group influence the adherence to food safety standards, underscoring the importance of tailored interventions. Recommendations include targeted training programs and regulatory measures to improve food safety practices among both street food vendors and household women, thereby mitigating the risks of foodborne illnesses and enhancing consumer confidence in street food consumption.
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How to cite this article:
Zeenat Aman, Mukta Singh. Study on food safety standards practiced by street food vendors & household women in Varanasi district. Int J Adv Biochem Res 2024;8(3S):739-746. DOI: 10.33545/26174693.2024.v8.i3Sj.874
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