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Govt prepares to revamp Bangkok street food

 

BANGKOK, 27 April 2017 (NNT) - Relevant public agencies have eased the worries of food vendors in Bangkok and tourists, saying street food will remain in the capital city but must undergo revamp. 

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Bussadee Santipitak said the planned street food facelift aimed to ensure the safety of consumers in line with international standards and to reorganize the busiest districts of the capital. 

In the first stage, vendors are to take training offered by the government which will educate them on hygienic requirements. Those who pass the test will be allowed to start or carry on with their street food business. Operators are also recommended to include locally consumed food in their menus. 

The scheme has been submitted to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration before being tabled at a cabinet meeting.

 
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I doubt hygienic standards in the kitchens of the many thousands of restaurants and hotels across the capital, are any better than those of the street food sellers. It's never very healthy eating on the street as regards sugar and fat and salt, but as far as getting ill from street food goes, not even once in 30 years.

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No street-food ban, just control, says Foreign Ministry
By The Nation

 

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BANGKOK: -- Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Busadee Santipitak has acknowledged puzzlement overseas regarding the decision to rid Bangkok of its street-food stalls, but stressed the need to maintain healthy and safety standards.

 

Busadee said the foreign community had questioned the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s campaign against street-food vendors, but stressed that the city would still have outlets selling street food, though they would be better controlled. 

 

She said the street-food facelift was aimed at ensuring consumer safety in line with international standards, as well as the safety of pedestrians using the city sidewalks. 

 

The Thai National News Bureau quoted Busadee as saying the first stage of the campaign would entail training street vendors in hygiene requirements. Those who pass a test would be allowed to continue or begin selling food on the street, she said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/news/breakingnews/30313515

 
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5 hours ago, webfact said:

She said the street-food facelift was aimed at ensuring consumer safety in line with international standards

Mmmmmm......International standards.....why they make such statements is just wishful thinking outloud....most vendors hardly have water to wash their hands....but any improvement to hygiene would be a plus

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7 hours ago, Jeremy50 said:

I doubt hygienic standards in the kitchens of the many thousands of restaurants and hotels across the capital, are any better than those of the street food sellers. It's never very healthy eating on the street as regards sugar and fat and salt, but as far as getting ill from street food goes, not even once in 30 years.

Same here. In fact the only time even been ill in BKK in 10 years was after eating at Burger King on Silom. 

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Ensure the safety of consumers!

What about pedestrians? What about the environment? What about health and safety?

Why not encourage vendors to operate out of shops. Give them the incentives. Tax breaks? Cheap rental/lease etc...

So in a nut shell, the government is to back track yet again?

Same old, same old fickle nation.

So if the vendors pass hygiene regulations, they can remain in situ and still inhibit the right of passage for pedestrians, which is hazardous and dangerous. So ineffective they are still a liability to public health and safety.

Nothing really changes here...

Up to them!


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The idea is to tell the street food vendors 'we are banning you' first. 

 

Then show the street food vendors 'we are magnanimous' in allowing the street food vendors to still operate.

 

Now to show the public that 'We Care!' all street vendors must under go training and test to meet safety requirements.

 

All these so that the Government can regulate and collect rent and tax from all street vendors that were previously evading taxes and paying rents to the Mafia or Police illegally.

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