Thursday, 16 October 2008

India's restaurant hygiene drive

India's Food Safety and Standards Agency is to publish a directory of 1000 eateries whose hygiene is a defence - if not proof - against the debilitating effects of "Delhi belly".

The move comes ahead of the Commonwealth Games in two years' time, and is aimed at ensuring athletes do not miss out on medals while confined to their bathrooms.

It reminds me of the extreme precautions taken by past tourists, including the perhaps apocryphal story of one American who, on being presented with a cocktail in a bar, inquired: "but did they boil the ice cubes?"

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