Institutionalization of healthy street food system in Bangladesh: A pilot study with three wards of Dhaka city corporation as a model

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[Final Report PR #7/07]

 A study of the socio-economic conditions anddetermination of the hygienic and sanitary practices of street food vendors in threeWards namely Dhanmondi, Mothijheel and Lalbag under Dhaka City Corporation wascarried out. A sample size of 300 street food vendors selling commonly consumedfoods was selected unbiasedly. 25% street food vendors are illiterate and cannot write their names and have no formal education. Most of the vendors (88%) were found to own the business. They reportedly work for 13-18 hours a day and their average daily net income was up to TK. 283.00.. Most of the vendors were male (96%). 
426 different street food samples were analyzed for total bacterial and total Coliform count. Most of the foods show medium to high risk potential in terms of bacterial load. However, when 135 food samples were tested from trained vendors, the result showed appreciable reduction of  bacterial load.
In Dhanmondi 50% of the analyzed food contain multiple drug resistant bacteria,
33% contain Ampicillin and Penicillin resistance and only 17% showed susceptibility to antibiotic or single drug resistance. For Motijheel area these values are 62%, 23% and 15% respectively and for Lalbag area these values are 42%, 25% and 33% respectively.

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Feb 2010
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