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The Department of Science and Technology and the Center for International Migration and Development say UP Diliman's street food are unsafe. CIM food safety consultant Dietmar Speckmaier said that the results of the tests conducted in UP Diliman, Davao, CDO, and Laguna are "basically the same". Speckmaier cautioned the public regarding the consumption of street food in these areas as well as other places that sell local fare like isaw, fishballs, kwek-kwek, etc.
The initial findings showed significant amounts of salmonella and E.coli -the amount confirmed to be large enough to make people sick. In an interview, Speckmaier made it clear that CIM is "not trying to destroy the food street vendors sector" but is "trying to groom this sector".
CIM is said to be eyeing a food safety training program for street vendors for the sector to be able to comply with sanitation standards.