Annals of Tropical Medicine and Public Health

LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 75--76

Standards of wandering food stalls in a rural border province, Thailand


Wasana Kaewla, Viroj Wiwanitkit 
 Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin, Thailand

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Wasana Kaewla
Public Health Curriculum, Surin Rajabhat University, Surin
Thailand




How to cite this article:
Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Standards of wandering food stalls in a rural border province, Thailand.Ann Trop Med Public Health 2015;8:75-76


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Kaewla W, Wiwanitkit V. Standards of wandering food stalls in a rural border province, Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Nov 23 ];8:75-76
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Dear Sir,

Food is a necessity for everyone. The sanitation of food is a very important consideration in community medicine. In developing countries, the wet market is a common place for selling food and the problem of sanitation is common. [1] In addition to the standard food shop, the wandering food stall is another important food sale point for local people in the rural areas of developing countries. Healthy food markets constitute the new campaign to reduce the transmission of diseases from the market; this should be the public health target in any setting. [2] Here, the authors report on the survey of standards of wandering food stalls in a rural border province, namely, Surin Province, Thailand. The studied community is that of the rural township in the border area between Thailand and Cambodia. The problem of food sanitation in this area still exists. During the summer of 2014, the authors performed a survey of all the available wandering food stalls in the studied area. The national criteria for food stalls, as proposed by the Department of Sanitation of Thailand, were used as a checklist for the survey. According to the survey, 30.3% of the studied wandering food stalls failed to fulfill the criteria. The fact that many wandering food stalls had poor sanitation is a big concern. In fact, a similar problem can be seen worldwide. The recent reports from Mexico also showed high bacterial contamination of the food sold in street-vended food stalls. [3],[4] The laying down of strong policies for the sanitation control of wandering food stalls is recommended for the improvement of the safety of street food. [5]

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