Street food caterers conform to industry standards


London’s most established street food organisation has announced that all of its members have joined The Nationwide Caterer’s Association (NCASS).

KERB, which supports new and established street food initiatives, said the move is designed to raise the bar across the street food industry and improve public confidence in the safety of food sold on the streets.

Petra Barran, founder of KERB, said there was “a right way and a wrong way to do street food”, and added that the organisation believes in promoting London street food which is safe, trustworthy and a benefit to society.

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“The new partnership will help create an increased best practice benchmark for the industry, showcasing vendors who are professional, considerate and diligent, and of course who produce incredible food,” he said.

“The deal with NCASS will benefit our members by giving them access to the new Primary Authority Partnership, ensuring that all KERB members will not just achieve, but exceed, the legally required levels of diligence, safety and hygiene; they will become an example of best practice across the entire catering industry.”

KERB will now make NCASS membership a compulsory measure in order for street vendors to benefit from its exemplary systems for legal compliance.

The pair hope their partnership will give the public confidence in the validity, experience and safety of street food vendors.

Mark Laurie, director of NCASS said: “Street food is a relatively new UK revolution, but worldwide is an everyday way of buying food. It is an incredibly safe, creative and delicious industry; by committing to these measures, we hope that KERB will act as standard bearers for best practice in the street food industry, demonstrating to the public and authorities that food sold on the streets is not only delicious but as safe, if not safer, than food produced in many cafés and restaurants.”

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