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Ministry Investigates Claims On Street Foods

“The claims have been brought forward to us and the relevant part of the Ministry is going through that process and working with other organisations that are in place,” Dr Waqainabete said.
08 Mar 2021 10:20
Ministry Investigates Claims On Street Foods

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has launched an investigation on claims that people were falling ill after buying food from street sellers in the Suva vicinity.

This was confirmed by Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete.

“The claims have been brought forward to us and the relevant part of the Ministry is going through that process and working with other organisations that are in place,” Dr Waqainabete said.

“We are working together with municipal councils, health inspectors and the consumer council to monitor and once we have a reason to be worried about them we can enforce the food and safety act,” he said.

Without releasing more information on the claims, Dr Waqainabete said there was a food and safety act in which any proprietor that sold food must abide by certain regulations and policies.

“It is very clear, the guidelines are people who are preparing food must be medically examined and that food must be prepared in a hygienic way.

“Some of the challenges we face are on the vendors that actually put up places for selling without following the regulations.

“What we have also found out is that some of these street sellers are fly by night proprietors whereby they are at one spot today and tomorrow they are gone.”

He urged the public to report any issue they faced from street sellers to the ministry or relevant authorities.

“We know these are challenging times and people would want to have their own businesses, but we must understand that we must follow the law to keep people safe.

“The food safety act is in place and we have health inspectors and those that work in the municipal councils who monitor this.

“There’s very stringent regulations for those that want to sell food, there’s a safety food act and also a public health act that they need to follow.”

Edited by Selita Rabuku

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