Cockroaches, poor conditions: supermarket eatery shut down
Susan Mohammed email@example.com
SAN Fernando Mayor Dr Navi Muradali and the Public Health Department of the San Fernando City Corporation continued their crackdown on places using unhygenic food-handling practices and temporarily closed an eatery at the Southern Food Basket supermarket in San Fernando.
Public Health Inspector III Alexander Ramnath, and a team of Public Health officials said they found 11 public health violations at the supermarket.
These included poor kitchen conditions, absence of updated food badges, cockroaches, improper utensils, and a non-functioning chiller containing meat for sale.
A large quantity of food and other items were seized.
The eatery will only be re-opened when all remedial works are completed and re-inspection takes place, a release from Muradali’s office stated.
Muradali has also told fast food outlets that the observed practice of cashiers handling money and food was unhygienic and should be discontinued.
Muradali stated: “The cross-contamination of bacteria from money onto food and food utensils poses a risk of food poisoning to the public and all restaurants should review their money handling practices in order to safe-guard the public.
There are established guidelines to prevent cross-contamination and restaurant owners should abide by these”.
The San Fernando City Corporation also urged persons to report to them where questionable food and expired grocery items are sold by visiting the Public Health Department at City Hall or calling the City’s Hotline at 211.
Health department officials have swept across the city over the past two months, finding violations at several restaurants which have been forced to close.