As per a recent report, the food served in Indian trains is not hygienic enough to eat and the news has left everyone not in shock but wonderment that how it took so much time for the government to realise this. Now, two premium trains that run between Goa and Delhi have badly flunked the food hygiene test.
In the latest report by Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) the food served in these trains have badly flunked on many parameters. An audit report that was presented in the Parliament has showed the poor quality of food that is served in Indian trains. The report was generated out of research on a sample set of 80 trains from all the railway divisions. The Goan trains, Hazrat Nizamuddin-Madgaon Rajdhani Express and the Nizamuddin-Goa Express were taken to task by the auditing body.
An inspection of these trains was done by the Audit team and railway officials. They were shocked to see that the water used for preparing food in these was actually only tap water. The man preparing the food items was also not wearing any gloves and hence external hygiene was also compromised. The officials of the team said, “Instead of available water purifiers, unpurified water straight from the tap was used in preparation of beverages – coffee, tea and soups in the trains.”
The CAG in its report said that the food is often contaminated and is expired many a times when being served. In addition to this the food comes from some unknown brands who don’t have any credential. As quoted in the report, “Cleanliness and hygiene were not being maintained at catering units at stations and in trains. Deficiencies in respect of quality of food served were noticed. Articles unsuitable for human consumption, contaminated foodstuff, recycled foodstuff, shelf life expired packaged and bottled items, unauthorized brands of water bottles, etc., were offered for sale on stations.”
The Goan trains were also found flouting the rule of cooking in the pantry cars which was asked to be avoided in view of potential fire accidents. There were almost 18 trains who were in violation of this and Goa Express was among them.