India's 'food streets' are repositories of age-old delicacies and are must-eat locations.
These streets draw people from different cultures and socio-economic status together in an
egalitarian daily celebration of the tastes and flavours that define our cities. They are also
remunerative sources of livelihood for thousands of people who keep the distinctive traditional
cuisines of India alive in their flavourful and affordable food offerings. However, these food
streets are wallowing under the widespread concern on basic hygiene practices and are perceived
to be unsafe.
As an effort to revive and promote traditional Indian foods and generate awareness about
food safety, FSSAI has prescribed standards and benchmarks for upgrading the existing
infrastructures of food streets across the country. These guidelines set Standards and define Food
Safety Management Systems (FSMS) with respect to the location and facilities; cleaning and
sanitation; water supply and quality; waste disposal and other regulatory requirements that need
to be followed to ensure food safety and hygiene.
The guidelines act as a ready reckoner with activation and implementation plans that can
be easily adopted by participating States and bodies. FSSAI will duly recognize and certify those
Food Hubs and Food Festivals that comply with these standards and benchmarks, and such
branding and certification would help to create consumer trust.