Goodbye to 'Delhi belly' with safe street food zone

Goodbye to 'Delhi belly' with safe street food zone
Street Food in Jaipur.

India is known for its many beautiful tourist attractions, from Mughal-era tombs to colonial buildings and national parks.

It is also known for a not-so- beautiful condition named "Delhi belly", the tummy upset that has often befallen the unsuspecting traveller.

Drinking only bottled water and avoiding street food are some tips that travellers are given to avoid getting sick.

But street food is one of the best ways to appreciate the culture of a city so, in an attempt to separate Delhi from the bellyache, and allow travellers to sample India's famous street food without worrying about falling ill, two groups have joined hands to train street vendors in hygiene and sanitation.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, a government agency, and the National Association of Street Vendors in India (Nasvi) are planning to create safe food zones in Delhi and 14 other Indian states where food standards will be regulated.

Starting with Delhi, eight markets in different parts of the capital will be turned into safe zones.

Vendors are already getting basic training - such as washing hands before preparing food, wearing hairnets before serving food, and keeping food containers covered.

When exactly the zones will be declared safe remains unclear.

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