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Street Food and Hygiene!

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Look at the picture above. What do you see? You will see sliced sausages, or hotdogs, and pieces of chicken steamed. If you want to know how seasoned, delicious or yummy the food in this bucket taste, please don’t ask me.

Perhaps, this child, and others who have handle tooth picks; bend over the plastic buckets, poked at several pieces before making a final selection of sausage or chick they finally put in their mouths. And I sure hope that the buyer(s) will not remain sitting over the bucket as they devour that piece of meat.

You may want to ask, “So what if they sit over the bucket and eat? Well, food safety and food hygiene dictates that personal hygiene practices and cleanliness must minimize the risk of food contamination, including: not eating over unprotected food or surfaces likely to come in contact with food so as to avoid saliva and other body fluids from getting into food; do whatever is reasonable to prevent their body, anything from their body, coming into contact with food; wear clean outer clothing, depending on the type of work they do; not sneeze, blow or cough over unprotected food.

To avoid the unsafe food handling and poor hygiene, government institutions responsible for Food Safety and Hygiene must take immediate steps to put a stop to these unsafe food practices. These unsafe practices can result to the spread of diseases, including TB, Typoid Fever, lasser fever, among other illnesses. Measures must be put in place to ensure food and drinks sold on the streets, and in food bars and restaurants are safe for consumption.

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