Mumbai: FDA initiates food security campaign

We all eat roadside hot vadapav, bhajiyas and beverages. Though, we know that the place is unhygienic we tend to eat it. This in turn affects people’s health. People suffer from abdominal pain, diarrhoea, infections and so on. So, to check the hygiene status of the food sold at roadside, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has initiated a ‘Food Security Campaign’.


  • Since many years, The BMC health department is receiving complaints of ill health due to roadside food consumption.
  • So, to check the hygiene status of the food sold at roadside, the FDA has initiated a ‘Food Security Campaign’.
  • Under this campaign, inquiry of the roadside sellers will be conducted in Mumbai’s 24 wards and areas.
  • Also, the FDA official and inspectors will give them security lessons.

Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Shailesh Adhav, the FDA Co-Commissioner (Food) said, “FDA has initiated a food security campaign in order to inform about what hygiene standards should be maintained by the roadside vada pav sellers which will be going on for 20 days. Training for maintaining a proper hygiene and food quality will be given to the food sellers in each and every ward of Mumbai. The FDA officials will give the training with the help of the projector.  Currently, the campaign is going on in Mumbai. Later, it will also be initiated in Thane, Navi Mumbai and so on.”

He added, “Generally, office goers eat outside during the lunch time. So, where there are corporate offices, there to train the food sellers, a special van will be there to train them. Though which, at one time, 30 sellers will be taught about food hygiene.”