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Food Safety Advisory Issued To Vendors At Jounen Kweyol Activities

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The Ministry of Health Wellness and Elderly Affairs would like to take the opportunity to remind food  vendors  at the upcoming  Jounen Kweyol festivities over the weekend,  of the following in order to ensure a safe activity:

  1. Ensure that food maintains appropriate temperature.
  2. Ensure adequate hot holding equipment are provided (e.g. stenos, coal pots, warmers) to keep foods hot for the duration of event
  3. Ensure adequate cold holding equipment to keep cold foods cold are provided (e.g. coolers, ice, chillers) for the duration of event
  4. Provide separate coolers and ice for cooling of food and drinks.
  5. Ensure that ice used for cooling of foods and drinks are not used for serving of drinks
  6. Ensure that food requiring Temperature Control is not stored at atmospheric temperature.
  7. Ensure cold foods are stored at a temperature range of 40˚F or below and hot foods at a temperature of 140˚F or above.
  8. Ensure foods on display are adequately covered to prevent contamination.
  9. Use separate utensils for serving different dishes especially when serving foods with a potential to cause allergenic reactions.
  10. Ensure that foods are adequately labeled, in particular, foods which contain ingredients that can cause potential allergenic reactions.
  11. Authorized food handlers must be properly attired.
  12. Ensure proper hand hygiene is practiced and an adequate supply of gloves is provided.
  13. Ensure all food handlers are in possession of a valid health certificate.
  14. All vendors must ensure that they are in possession of valid public health temporary licenses.

 Please Note: The officers at the Environmental Health Division will continue to monitor and work during the event to ensure a safe Jounen Kweyol activity.

SOURCE: Ministry of Health, Wellness & Elderly Affairs

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8 COMMENTS

  1. Look we have organizations but we have alot of numskulls that collecting tax payers money. how many lucians will read this shit? please tell me…

  2. Very urgent and important message here…but like @ Anonymous said above…..who going to read this. The coms strategy around this should be alot more aggressive through different means…hope there were atleast vendor meetings to explain this in a common, basic form.

  3. Unfortunately St Lucia doesn’t have too many quality standards anyone can just set up a BBQ in the front of their yard or most places by the streets and sell food and alcoholic beverages without a permit. Last time I checked there was more Rum Shops on the island than houses 🤣😂🤣

  4. I have visited and observed unsanitary practices in cooking, distribution of food etc. I have seen meat hanging with flies and food and bread uncovered .…I am good no thank you.

  5. There should have been a seminar with the vendors to ensure that they obtain health certificates and proper food sale practices. How many if not any of them will read this. Smh

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