COVID-19: Illegal roadside food sellers a cause for concern
Kozhikode: Despite restrictions and concerns over the spread of coronavirus, roadside food sellers targeting travellers are on the rise.
The sellers, mostly on vehicles parked on the roadside, do not have permits or certificates from the Food Safety Department. The officials have taken action against 40 such illegal sellers. Food samples collected from three vehicles have been sent for tests.
The Food Safety Department is granting a small scale industry license for roadside food stalls. However, most of the food sellers thronging the roadsides these days don’t have any licence.
Biriyani the most favourite
Lunchtime is when the sales pick up. Biriyani is the most favourite item on the menu. The sellers pick their spots on the roadside by 11 am and start targeting travellers. Some even try to stop the vehicles to make a sale.
Most of the customers want Biryani and it's available from Rs 50. Some sellers have meals, fried fish, chapati and curry etc.
Shops will be closed down
"Samples of food being sold on the roadsides have been sent to the regional analytical lab for tests. If they are found not up to the standards, there will be stringent action against the sellers. The place where the food items were prepared will be identified and closed down," said Dr Joseph Kuriakose, Food Safety Officer.