An advisory body to the Tokyo metropolitan government is recommending new regulations in terms of food hygiene for the owners of traveling stalls that sell bento on the streets.
The new rules will require vendors to prepare a container to keep bento cold and arrange a food hygiene supervisor to manage it.
The number of traveling stalls has been increasing in business districts in Chuo and Minato wards for the past 10 years, NHK reported Monday. As of 2012, 542 bento street vendors had been registered with the metropolitan government.
There has been no case of food poisoning caused by bento sold on the streets so far. However, the advisory body said it had become aware of a lack of food hygiene in summer.
The group recommended that vendors prepare a container to keep bento cold, arrange for a food hygiene supervisor and, where possible, keep their products away from direct sunlight.© Japan Today