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7000 Applications To Central Health Board

Food safety is a priority for us. It has been a challenge to keep some restaurant owners up to standard.
30 Mar 2021 16:13
7000 Applications To Central Health Board
Suva City Council Food Handlers Good Hygiene Practice Training Programme held at the Suva Civic Centre.

Seven thousand applications were made to the Central Health Board by people who wish to sell food. This is a jump of 4000 for this year alone.

Chief Health Inspector Vimal Deo confirmed this at the Suva City Council Food Handlers Good Hygiene Practice Training Programme held at the Suva Civic Centre yesterday.

More than 30 participants took part in the half day training session which aimed at increasing awareness in regards to food safety.

Suva and Lami special administrator Isikeli Tikoduadua said Suva had more than 400 registered restaurants and countless food hawkers.

“Food safety is a priority for us. It has been a challenge to keep some restaurant owners up to standard,” he said.

“With this training we are hoping to create awareness and hopefully the knowledge can be passed on.”

Mr Deo, in his opening address, said because of COVID-19, there have quite a large number of applications received for food businesses.

He said food safety was of concern because proper following of the Food and Safety Act meant economic prosperity.

He said nobody wanted to eat food that promoted ill health and the challenge was for all stakeholders to take into account food safety.

It was clarified during the workshop that the Suva City Council’s role was to monitor and enforce the Food and Safety Act while the Central Health Board issued the licenses.

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