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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Health First:-Now, quality check for panipuriwallas


Now, quality check for panipuriwallas
By Sruthy Susan Ullas , TNN,
Tags:Bangalore|paanipuris|golgappas BANGALORE: Your friendly
neighbourhood panipuri vendor will soon have to clean up his act if
wants to attract customers. For, these wayside sellers are coming
under the ambit of the Quality Council of India which will check their
ingredients and certify their products. After schools and hospitals,
these vendors will have to earn the trust of customers, not only
through their spicy delights but a certificate from the QCI, a
government of India body. This is largely voluntary process and up to
the vendor to seek the certificate. "Waste disposal should be done
according to the norms of biomedical waste disposal, public garbage
disposal or pollution control board norms," Thuppil Venkatesh,
principal adviser to QCI told TOI. The vendor can apply for
accreditation and the board will let them know of the standards.
Later, they will inspect his stall and decide whether he can be given
the accreditation. The accreditation is valid for two years, after
which it has to be renewed. "The vendors will be given a registration
number. This will make them accountable. Our duty is to bring wellness
to all," said Venkatesh. The vendors will be informed about this
through awareness programmes like raodside shows and seminars and told
whom to contact at the local office for this. The programme has
already kicked off in Delhi.

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