Mumbai canteens pledge healthy food

Wednesday, 16 November 2011 - 8:00am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Storing food properly, ensuring that the canteen space is clean and tidy and regular health check-ups for the canteen staff are some of the measures that they said they would implement immediately.

After attending DNA’s hygiene workshop, canteens pledged to turn over a new leaf.

Storing food properly, ensuring that the canteen space is clean and tidy and regular health check-ups for the canteen staff are some of the measures that they said they would implement immediately.

MM Dhonde, canteen in-charge of Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Navy Nagar), will implement hygiene measures which the canteen was lacking.

“We have been following hygiene measures but after attending DNA’s workshop, I came to know the loopholes too,” said Dhonde. “From this week, I will ensure that our canteen staff washes hands properly while handling food. Food ingredients will also be checked. Raw and cooked food storage will be separated.”
The workshop saw health in-charges and teachers attending the seminar to understand the finer tips of hygiene.

Health and safety in-charge of Rais Institute of Management and Research, Juhu, professor Dhananjay Kumar was one among them.

“We don’t have a big canteen but we ensure healthy and hygienic food for our students. I will buy a fly-catcher for the kitchen within a week,” said Kumar. We will also keep dustbins will also be installed in the canteen and college. I want DNA to conduct a seminar for our students to that everybody can be benefited.”
Venkatraman Shashtri, a teacher from Navy Children School, learnt a lot about food safety.

“Food handlers should have short hair, clipped nails and health check-ups are a must as they are serving to hundreds of students every day. These steps can be implemented within a few days,” he said.

For Sarosh Baria, a teacher from Hillspring International School, Tuesday’s workshop was informative. “I will ask the students, who attended today’s workshop, to take lectures on food hygiene in classrooms so that everyone learns about them. I will also spread awareness on food safety.”

He added: “Food audits are important but not many people know about it. I think people must be informed about this too.”


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