Audit Reveals That Indian Railway Food is Not Fit for Consumption

If travelling by train in India, it could be wise to avoid the food. An annual audit report shows that food served on Indian trains and at the railway stations is not fit for human consumption. Checks on 80 trains at at 74 stations found some of the food was contaminated while other packaged or bottled items were past their expiry date. Food served in the open attracted rats, cockroaches and flies, the report added. This is not good news for the 23 million passengers who use the railways every day.

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Cleanliness and hygiene were major problems, according to the Comptroller and Auditor General audit report on Indian Railways’ catering services. Drinks were prepared using unpurified water direct from the tap, the audit observed. Waste bins were found uncovered, not emptied regularly and unwashed. Food was also not covered to protect it from vermin or dust. The report also said that frequent changes in policy and Indian Railways’ failure to provide the necessary infrastructure such as base kitchens, static catering units and automatic vending machines contributed to the chaos.

Importance of Cleanliness

Thankfully, in the UK, there are strict hygiene rules and regulations which all catering companies and retaurants adhere to. These cover basic food hygiene such as covering food, keeping raw and cooked food apart, and washing hands. For catering companies and restaurants, you also need to keep fridges and freezers at the right temperature, plus make sure all crockery, cutlery and glasses are spotless.

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Using industrial fridges, freezers, ovens and other equipment which can deal with large-scale use several times a day is essential. As regards washing up, the ideal way is to use a dishwasher and glasswasher. This ensures cleanliness as well as seeing the water is always clean and of a hot enough temperature. You can find out more about undercounter dishwashers at a company such as

Taking the Right Course

As well as using the correct equipment, it is highly recommended that staff go on courses in food hygiene and safety. There are different certificates they can study for anyone who works in an environment where food is cooked, prepared or handled. This could be a food factory, takeaway, hotel, market stall, supermarket, restaurant, pub, cafe, hospital or a home business making cakes, for example.

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