Acting Chief Environmental Health Officer, Mrs. Yolanda Penn announced that the Environmental Health Division will be doing spot checks at various supermarkets and food warehouses to ensure that the establishments are adhering to Public Health (Food Hygiene) Regulations.
The Acting Chief Environmental Health Officer announced last week that in an effort to ensure that consumers can enjoy an acceptable level of food quality and safety throughout the Territory, the Environmental Health Division conducts periodic inspections and checks.
“We are verifying whether food safety standards are being met and working with proprietors to ensure compliance with the law. Any food items found to be beyond the ‘sell by’ or ‘use by’ date will be condemned. In addition, we will be looking at how food is stored,” she said.
Mrs. Penn explained that proprietors should ensure that food offered for sale are sold within the expiration date or the ‘sell by’ date on the item. “The ‘sell by’ date is the date in which the manufacturer is guaranteeing that the product is safe and wholesome, therefore items should not be sold after that date,” she added. Additionally it was stated that consumers are also asked to pay close attention to the ‘sell by’ and ‘use by’ dates on food items before purchasing to reduce the risk of foodborne illness and related complications which can be serious.
The Public Health Regulations stipulate that officials “may condemn, seize and carry away any food which is diseased, unsound, unwholesome or unfit for human consumption.”