Run up to National Street Food Festival 20-22 December, 2013

Industries also clap for street food vendors


Street food vendors bag CII National Award for Food Safety

The street food promotion and professionalization program of the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) received a major spotlight on 3 December, 2013 with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) awarding its three affiliates, two from Karnataka and one from Gujarat, for  their commendable contribution to food safety and quality in the retail food sector.  The organizations are Mysore Street Vendors Association, Dharwar based Subhash Road Street Vendors Association and Bhavnagar based Self Employed Workers Organization.

They were awarded in the category of street food.

Bhaskar Urs of Mysore Street Vendors Association, Narayanswami of Dharwar based Subhash Road Street Vendors Association and Ghanshyam Parmar of Bhavnagar based Self Employed Workers Organization received the commendation certificates at the 8th Food Safety and Quality Summit held by the CII at hotel Lalit in Delhi. The commendation certificates “recognize their strong commitment to excel in food safety and quality”.

The award certificates were given by K. Chandramouli, the chairperson of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India. A large number of experts on food safety and quality and industrialists and social entrepreneurs including the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) representative Gopi N. Ghosh, the chairman and the executive director of CII Jubilant Bhartia Food and Agriculture Center of Excellence Hari Bhartia and Meetu Kapur, and the chairman of CII national taskforce on food regulatory affairs Vivek Bharti joined the awards ceremony.

On behalf of NASVI, its street food program manager Sangeeta Singh and program coordinator Shashank Pandey joined the awards ceremony.

Launched in 2010, the CII national award for food safety program is the first of its kind in India.  This year the CII has added the category of street food.

Two of the awardees, Bhaskar Urs of Mysore and Narayanswami of Dharwar also had participated in the Singapore World Street Food Congress in June this year. NASVI was declared as the “Best Street Social Enterprise Food Association” in Singapore.

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