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A Study Has Found That Delhi's Street Food Is Shit

Literally. It has faeces in it.

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The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering and Nutrition, Pusa, has carried out a study which shows a secret ingredient a lot of Delhi street foods contain: faeces.

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According to a DNA India report the study found that street food in many localities of West and central Delhi is contaminated with faeces and contains very high amounts of the bacteria E. Coli. Combined, these elements can cause severe infections.

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DNA further reported that Dr. Arpita Sharma of IHM Pusa conducted a survey in which 100 people consumed Delhi’s most common street foods and then went through a microbial analysis. The report found that Delhi’s unclean water is the main factor responsible for the contamination. The second factor is unhygienic food preparation and serving conditions. It further adds that the contamination also depends on the weather, the summer and rainy seasons being the worst since bacteria multiply more quickly.

The bacteria found during the tests are known for causing ailments such as vomiting, fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea,food poisoning, inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, and typhoid.

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Delhi's Connaught Place, Rajendra Place, Subash Nagar, and markets like Rajouri Garden were some of the areas where the food was picked for the tests.

The good news: You don't have to specifically order dessert because fudge is clearly on the house with every meal.


The the normal "Most Probable Number" (MPN) of shitty bacteria (coliform) in street foods is about 50 or less as per the Central Pollution Control Board. But Delhi packed you some extra poo as numbers reach a whopping 2,400 in Rajendra Place and Subash Nagar.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has extended the word to Delhi's food safety commissioner, telling them to CHECK THIS SHIT OUT LOL (but, like, check the quality of these foods).


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