Food safety

Essential safety requirements for street-vended foods

WHO/FNU/FOS/96.7

This document focuses on "street-vended foods" or its equivalent "street foods" which are defined as foods and beverages prepared and/or sold by vendors in streets and other public places for immediate consumption or consumption at a later time without further processing or preparation. This definition includes fresh fruits and vegetables which are sold outside authorized market areas for immediate consumption.

Because of socioeconomic changes in many countries, this sector has experienced significant growth during the past few decades. Urbanization and population growth, especially in developing countries, are expected to continue into the next century and street-vended foods, which are largely but not exclusively an urban phenomenon, will expand accordingly.

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