Everyone has their own personal likes and dislikes but the one clear stand that everyone should all stand by is hygiene. Being a food technologist there are few things that are unacceptable and disturbing at the same time. Gazipur Mandi is the wholesale market for the chicken, fish and eggs.
It was part of the project in 2019 summer break and I was asked to visit the Gazipur mandi to take a survey and see the existing condition of the chicken wholesale market.
The things were disturbing and I would like to share how things are being handled as the market that manages the chicken supply in Delhi and NCR.
Every single piece of meat we eat in Delhi, In hotels or street, is from that market.
The word hygiene does not make any sense in that place. This place is next to the Delhi-Meerut expressway and the smell caused because of the poorly managed waste is all over the place. The waste is either left open on the road or kept in a pile which no one bothers about. The drainage is chocked with flesh, feather and blood.
Since its wholesale market, workers are dealing with a large amount of carcass. These workers are not skilled labour neither they are aware of anything related to food hygiene. I saw raw and slaughtered chicken being pilled up for a consignment on a footpath.
The issue is the market is heavily crowded and close to the residential area. The cashflows are so heavy in this market that if stopped, taxes will be heavily affected.
When I went deep into the survey I found there is segregation of meat according to affordability
Category1 – whole chicken
Poorly handled chicken but has been kept acceptable to its visible properties.
Category2 – boneless chicken
The separation of meat from bones in unhygienic conditions.
Category 3 – leftover after separating
This type of chicken mostly contains the bones and that to divided into smaller pieces, ideal for mess vendors.
Category 4 – the waste
Some part of the fleshy waste is being sold in the slums at a very cheap rate which has high chances of infecting an individual.
To overcome such conditions startups like Licious has come upfront to provide fresh and hygienic chicken to the customer and are able to transform the blind market into a more educated market.
There are many silent features that Licious is providing
- Taking care of the livestock to avoid loss in nutrition
- Processed in modified atmospheric conditions to avoid any form of contamination
- Cut and packed in 1kg packets. What this idea does is, it eliminates the open butcher shop concept.
- Packed in two forms
- Delivered at home at the convenience of the customer.
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