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Food Safety Measures Paramount

Food Safety Measures Paramount
Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar (seated in middle) during the Pinktober celebrations with the Women in Business at Grand Pacific Hotel.
December 31
11:37 2016

In order to combat the food borne diseases during this festive season, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is advising the general public to make informed decisions on the food they buy and consume.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Rosy Akbar emphasised on the measures taken by the Ministry to address the food safety issues pertinent to public health.

As such the Ministry has embarked on Operations Kakana to ensure that all food establishments, especially restaurants, road side vendors and food traders comply with the Food Safety Act and Regulations.

The Ministry’s Food and Nutrition Unit co-ordinates food safety surveillances in-built programme to monitor compliancy level of all food establishments in Fiji, in relation to the compliance with structural, hygienic, processing, labelling, quality and products standards.

The Ministry said any trader found guilty of breach of Food safety Act and Regulations will be prosecuted.

Fines are from $5000 minimum to $50,000 maximum and imprisonment from one to 10 years or both.

Operation Kakana was launched earlier this month in line with the Food Safety Act 2003 and Food Safety Regulation 2009 to ensure that all foods sold are safe and of good quality. It is co-ordinated by the Ministry of Health in partnership with rural local authorities including town and city council health officers and the Consumer Council of Fiji.

“The Ministry would like to get the consumers to make informed choices on food and promoting fair trading practices in relation to food.

“People are also encouraged to come forward with complaints should they not be satisfied with the food safety standards.

“Consumers need to be vigilant on what  they choose to buy and for traders we would expect that they don’t engage in practices where they put the safety and health of our people at risk.

“Health officers’ are working with municipal councils to execute this operations even during peak hours and weekends,” Minister Akbar said.

Families are also advised to maintain good hygiene practices, clean hands, clean kitchens free from insects and rodents and maintain the temperature (cold for frozen foods and warm for cooked foods).

Through collaborative approach, efforts are made by the Ministry of Health to strengthen Operations Kakana particularly during the festive seasons and aftermath of disasters.

Source: Ministry of Health and Medical Services



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