Food on Street

As an Indian, we are quite reluctant to think twice before we eat street food. We are aware the potential danger of eating street food and we promise ourselves this will be last time. We’ve forgotten the street food we eat is not good for health. The proper standard is not maintained while food preparation. Hygiene is foremost important for healthy living. There lays our responsibility to save ourselves from unwanted reactions.

The daily busy schedule allows less time to think twice what is good and bad for health for a huge economically poor workforce along with little knowledge to live better and healthy life. With no, bridles on the non-organized sector government of India don’t pay attention to what is being sold and how it is getting prepared. When we talk about the healthy living to what we eat is a major factor.

Mumbai’s street food is another supplement to the restaurant for tasty food for school children’s, office workers and poor people who cannot afford at a high cost. They are helpless to avoid eating street food due to its taste; even though known with the fact of untoward medical condition could occur. Many research studies have produced the lab reports of the street food, and the results show the prevailing bacteria and germs which are fatal for human’s body. There is a list of foods sold on streets of Mumbai, but no one questions there standard, whether it is consumable or not. The factors like food adulteration, low-grade ingredient, selling food with the bare hand without proper gloves etc, there remain many factors to meet the standard for proper delivery of street food.

Health should be a major concern of any government and most important people should be aware of various causes of hazards. The Chinese food which is most famous among Mumbaikar’s these days especially young generation is not good for health. The main constituent in the Chinese food “The schezwan sauce” contains colour if your notice. Food colours are banned for use in the preparation of food, since, many serious potential risks are hidden behind the use of food colours if they are not used in proper quantity/concentration.

While the government regulating body Fssai (Food safety and standard association of India) has stated guideline for usage of food colourant with their permissible quantity in the food article sold in India. Those are hardly known by the local vendor who sells Chinese food with the use of colour that is mandated illegal as per Fssai. A Byculla based Bar and restaurant hotel had paid the penalty for use of colour in chicken lollipop. Street schezwan chutney prepared on Chinese stall uses the food colourant that stains, it’s easily determinable, the stain it leaves at the end of your fingers, lips and on the tongue.

Typically natural and artificial colours are used as a food additive; the use of colour in the food makes it attractive and palatable. The US FDA permits nine different colour to be used as food colour. The primary functional characteristic as a food colourant, it must get dissolve in the water. The fssai governing body in India has permitted the following natural food colours:

  • Carotene & Carotenoids including Beta-carotene, Beta-apo 8′- carotenal, Methylester of Beta-apo 8′ carotenoic acid, Ethylester of Beta-apo 8′ carotenoic acid, Canthaxanthin
  • Chlorophyll;
  • Riboflavin (Lactoflavin).
  • Caramel
  • Annatto
  • Saffron
  • Curcumin or turmeric

The synthetic colours that are permitted to be used are mentioned below.

  • Red from: Ponceau 4R, Carmoisine, and Erythrosine
  • Yellow from: Tartrazine and Sunset Yellow FCF
  • Blue from: Indigo Carmine and Brilliant Blue FCF
  • Green from: Fast Green FCF

Fssai have also stated down the concentration limit that should go into the food, which is 100 part per million and certain food not exceeding 200 part per million. “The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), under the Food Safety and Standards Act of India (FSSAI), has prohibited use of colouring agents in food in restaurants. The Act only exempts items such as ice-creams, flavoured milk, sweets in which colours can be used within permissible quantities.”

Moving from government laid down regulation for the food colour, it does not stop there. You need more cautious when consuming food article containing colour in them. Children’s are often attracted towards food looking attractive, companies, vendors etc use food colour to look attractive. Let dig into the science, research studies have shown that frequent consumption of food colour has serious health issues. Indirect food colour ingestion by the children may show certain behavioural change. Serious medical condition like to induce cancer have also been reported and allergic condition may also get triggered.

Despite learning, listening, warning we fail to implement good eating hygiene in ourselves. We are bound to eat junk food. Like a hypnotized person we are attracted towards junk food unwillingly, unknowingly we have fallen prey to eat. If you agree the major workforce, youth, in fact, everyone eats street food then you also agree that it’s not good for the health.

The oldest street food for Mumbaikars is vada pav, bhaji pav, etc… adding to the list franky, Chinese bhel or Manchurian bhel which has added species in them. Talking negatives points of this street food will reduce their consumption. To say few negatives points

  1. Open cooking of food
  2. No proper cleaning of cooking area.
  3. Low grade ingredients used for the cooking.
  4. There is no proper storage of food, which can lead to contamination.
  5. Serving food with the same hand with which money is taken.

Above are some points which can be noticed if you are concerned about one’s health. You might be immune to street food that does not bother you. The question lies whether these street food are well tested by the government authority to check edibility for their consumption? There might not be sudden illness after eating street food, but is there any long-term impact on health. Does our government authority concerned whether food sold on the street are prepared with proper standards. The street food does not follow proper standard of serving food. There are lots of shorting coming in their food street.

The government established organization fassai has the control and authority to check the food article and confirm their compatibility for human consumption. It is very important for you to learn and understand which food product is good for health. When it comes to eating food on street, we are less likely to bother about their effects on the body. But it’s true whether the government should check the should food article sold on the street.