Updated June 1st, 2024 at 23:11 IST

BMC Warns Against Street Food Amid Rising Summer Heat, Highlights Food Poisoning

As Mumbai's summer heat intensifies, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a warning to residents about the dangers of consuming street food.

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As Mumbai's summer heat intensifies, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has issued a warning to residents about the dangers of consuming street food. This advisory follows recent food poisoning cases, emphasizing the need for heightened caution during the hotter months.

Risks of consuming street food in summer

The BMC's alert highlights the increased risks of eating street food in summer, when high temperatures create ideal conditions for harmful bacteria and pathogens to thrive. Common culprits such as Salmonella, E. coli, and Staphylococcus aureus multiply rapidly in warm environments, making improperly stored or handled food particularly dangerous. The World Health Organization (WHO) notes that foodborne illnesses are more common in hot climates due to faster bacterial growth.

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Causes of food poisoning and impact of higher temperatures

Food poisoning from street food can result from bacterial, viral, or parasitic contamination. High temperatures exacerbate these risks by accelerating bacterial growth, increasing the likelihood of foodborne illnesses.

Preventive measures for vendors and consumers

To mitigate these risks, both vendors and consumers must adopt preventive measures.

For vendors

Proper Storage: Keep perishable items refrigerated or stored at appropriate temperatures to prevent bacterial growth.

Hygiene Practices: Maintain strict hygiene standards, including regular hand washing, using clean utensils, and sanitizing preparation surfaces.

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Cook Thoroughly: Ensure all food is cooked to safe temperatures to kill harmful bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stress the importance of cooking food to the right temperature to prevent foodborne illnesses.

Consumers

Choose Reputable Vendors: Opt for vendors who visibly follow good hygiene practices. Look for clean surroundings and proper food handling techniques.

Avoid Perishable Foods: Avoid items like salads, dairy products, and raw meats that spoil quickly in the heat. These foods are more likely to harbor bacteria if not stored properly.

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Published June 1st, 2024 at 23:11 IST