India launches food safety drive to tackle Delhi Belly
By James Lamont in
Published: October 15 2008 03:00 | Last updated: October 15 2008 03:00
Source of Article: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/dba16034-9a51-11dd-bfe2-000077b07658.html
Delhi Belly entered the vocabulary of international
travel long ago. Visitors to
But the Indian government is hoping to spruce up the country's gastronomic image by launching measures to promote safe eating in the country's capital.
Ahead of the Commonwealth Games in two years' time, the
Indian Food Safety and Standards Agency will publish a Directory of Safe
Eating Establishments to help visitors enjoy the highlights of
Athletes and sports fans will receive a booklet advising them of the best, and safest, places to find samosa, chicken tandoori and aloo chat.
The agency will vet 1,000 small to medium-sized restaurants across the city and offer assistance to bring their levels of hygiene up to scratch, according to the Health Ministry. The restaurants that meet standards of food safety will be allowed to display a logo advertising their clean kitchens to would-be clientele.
"Training and capacity building would be undertaken by a panel of auditors and experts. Food samples would be tested periodically and a simplified standard will be developed against which performance will be evaluated," the Health Ministry said.
The government has plans to extend the scheme to other
popular tourist destinations across
Mohini Bazaz, editor of the Delhi Diary, a guide to the city, said: "It's quite safe [to eat] in the big restaurants. Just as long as you don't eat in the smaller places, there's no problem."
The campaign is reminiscent of efforts by
The move was part of a drive by
Indians prefer more vegetarian fare and
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