STREET FOOD SAFETY AND HYGIENE


WOMAN IN THE MARKET BUYING GROCERIES
Inadequate refuse disposal facilities lead to the accumulation of refuse at food vending sites. This leads to an increased pest population and will result in an increased risk of food contamination especially rats and roach infestation.

In many instances, the vending sites are not included within the city or town plans, and therefore amenities such as refuse collection are not available. At the same time, because the vending operations are illegal, vendors do not contribute anything towards the maintenance of infrastructure or provision of public services. This contributes to further deterioration of the hygienic condition of the area where the foods are vended.

Poor sanitary conditions in the area where foods are vended also contribute to poor food storage and transport conditions. Most of the vendors have no fixed stalls where they can store their raw materials on site. They usually store their goods at home overnight and transport them the following day, often improperly covered, to their operating sites. Thus, the food becomes prone to contamination during transportation.

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