The Mayor and City Council’s (M&CC’s) Food and Meat Department wants food vendors to get their food handler’s certificate. Acting Chief Meat and Food Inspector Onica Alleyne said that while the call is for all vendors, the M&CC is targeting persons selling food on the street.
Chief Meat and Food Inspector (ag) Onica Alleyne.
“We are going to set a date for a seminar and all of those food handlers in and around the market places, and all the vending sites will be invited”, Alleyne stated. The one day seminar is slated to be held in Mayor and City Council’s compound. According to Alleyne, the seminar is expected to demonstrate best practices to food vendors. It will also share information on how they can attain a food handler’s certificate.
The City Hall official pointed out that food vendors have a responsibility to ensure that the food that they are selling their customers, is safe for consumption. Alleyne noted that, “There has been a proliferation of food vending in the whole. It is very prevalent in, and around our city. If they are going to be vending food then there are certain principles that they need to follow, so that is the reason why we need them to come on board and know what is expected of them, to do the correct thing”.
Alleyne said that while there is no fine attached, to someone who is without a food handler’s certificate, M&CC can seize their goods and stop operations.
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