The Indian Railways aren’t always associated with hygienic food. Any person who has seen the pantry car of a train will agree with that. But times are changing. And they are changing for good. The Mumbai Central Terminus of the Western Railway has line has been named as India’s very first ‘Eat Right’ station and has been awarded a 4-star rating by the Food Safety And Standard Authority Of India (FSSAI). This new initiative has come along to help people make healthier dietary choices.
Mumbai Central Becomes The First ‘Eat Right” Station
So, what sets apart Mumbai Central from all the other stations and why has it been awarded this accolade? The honour came on the basis of compliance of food safety and hygiene, availability of healthy diet, food handling at preparation, trans-shipment and retail/serving points, food waste management, promotion of local and seasonal foods and creating awareness on food safety and a healthy diet, said Western Railway chief spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar, here on Tuesday.
Back in 2018, the Indian Railways had launched the ‘Eat Right India’ campaign which was spearheaded by the FSSAI. Close on the heels of it, the ‘Eat Right’ initiative was also furthered so as for passengers to make healthier choices when it comes to food.
Bhakar went on to say, “The Western Railway, food quality regulator FSSAI, and Indian Railways Catering Tourism Corporation trained food handlers, both in canteens and base kitchens, inspected catering establishments at the station, certified and rated the standards of food,”.
Now we all know that it is pretty common for people to eat unhealthy food during trips and the whole point of this initiative is to cut down on that. We are all for it but that doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge in a vada pav every now and then. Just make sure that it’s been made in hygienic conditions.