SAN Fernando Mayor Dr Navi Muradali is calling on other mayors and chairmen of regional corporations to promote healthy eating habits and cleanliness in their districts.
The mayor last week launched the DineSafe programme at the food court located at Gulf City Mall in La Romaine.
He said others should adopt a similar programme for their communities.
The DineSafe programme, an initiative of the Office of the Mayor and the public health department, will mandate all restaurants and groceries to prominently display the inspection certificate issued by the public health department.
Urban Curry restaurant was the first one to be given its Dinesafe programme certificate.
Muradali said: “The public as consumers must now be the eyes and ears of the public health department and ensure that all food premises have DineSafe food inspection certificates which will make restaurant owners and grocers achieve the highest quality of food preparation and handling in Trinidad and Tobago.
“It will also make restaurants owners take stock of their workers to ensure they have the necessary food handling badges and wear the required attire. DineSafe has already and will continue to make the city of San Fernando the cleanest place to eat.”
For several months, the mayor, along with the public health department, has been visiting several food outlets and restaurants in the city. Some had to close down temporarily until proper health standards were met.
Muradali said the DineSafe programme will complement other health-related programmes such as the free health fairs and health promotion exercises of the San Fernando City Corporation.
Green initiatives such as Recycle It, San Fernando will also be launched this week as the city aims to become a member of the Healthy City initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) by 2015.
Muradali said any public health violation identified by consumers can be reported toll-free on the city’s hotline at 211.