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Choose wisely: Ministry

Roadside vendors claim loss in fish sales after advice Members of the public are adviced to choose wisely when buying fish. The Ministry of Health’s chief health Inspector and national
23 Nov 2015 10:36
Choose wisely: Ministry
Satendra Kumar of Labasa shows the fish that is sold st Baily Bridge Fish Market yesterday. pic.....RAMA

Roadside vendors claim loss in fish sales after advice

Members of the public are adviced to choose wisely when buying fish.

The Ministry of Health’s chief health Inspector and national advisor environmental Health, Dip Chan,d said the law was clear on maintaining cold chain for all food items including fish and meat, and good hygiene practices.

Mr Chand said roadside vendors needed to take heed of this and improve how they sell fish by following Government regulations.

“This is also the season for ciguatera fish poisoning so market surveillance, awareness and monitoring are imperative so that people do not get sick from consuming food that is not safe for health,” Mr Chand said.

However, the word of caution has not favoured some fish vendors at Laucala Beach, Suva. They claim that an advertisement by the ministry on local television warning people about buying fish from roadside vendors has since a drop in their fish sales.

Ciguatera is a food borne illness caused by eating certain reef fish whose flesh is contaminated with a toxin which live in tropical and subtropical waters.

“Often the general public is exposed to time and temperature abuse by the vendors by not maintaining the cold chain and this has resulted in many occasions sickness to people and also wastage in food items due to deterioration of food conditions.”

He said the advertisement educated the public to ensure they made healthy choices.

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