Chandigarh: FSSAI’s Next Big Move – Restaurant Contamination Control & Prevention

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From hospital to home, if there’s something which is one of the common denominators of wellness & healthy living is our attitude towards protection & prevention. That being said, regardless of industry & sectors, good hygiene is always a best practice. Following this core principle to overcome a challenge that’s rather prevalent for far too long in the F&B industry, FSSAI in its efforts to promote hygiene is implementing a pilot project starting soon from Chandigarh.

The city’s burgeoning urban landscape in North West of India now harbors over 300 small, medium & large restaurants actively catering to the likes of locals & tourists living & visiting by the several thousands in the city every month. The pilot program entails analyzing the extent of bacterial contamination in the hands of staff working in various restaurant outlets. The initiative is expected to bring forth a reasonably sized picture of implementation results considering the level of above-average buzz Chandigarh usually gets as a Tier – II destination overflowing with young demographics.

The experiment involves installation of a specialized testing machine by the food safety department which will intake samples of swab collected off of staffs rounded in for these trial runs & the deposited samples will be tested for microbial detection to ascertain & assess potential contamination based on outcomes. The deployment of on-site methods such as this could keep an active check on individuals who may need further training modules or sessions to prevent any possible scenarios of food borne disease outbreaks directly as a result of sloppy kitchen or in-house practices.

According to one of the officials overseeing this project described the diagnostic tool stating, “The machine: 3M-Trace Hygiene Monitor, would also be used to capture, store and manage data for in-depth analysis. This will help us to create awareness among the food service personnel. They would be informed where they stand in the food hygiene which is pretty important for the food industry. All those who fail the test will be issued warnings to improve hygiene.” Envisioning further transformation of this pilot program over the course of time, the health department is also planning to visit local schools to raise awareness & instilling values at the grassroots level.

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