Health inspectors ensuring the safety of fast food being sold on the streets of Marabella on Thursday.
Street food seized from vendors
...Health inspectors say locations not inspected, some had no food badge
DESPITE many inspections from the public health department of the San Fernando City Corporation, many food vendors are still not adhering to proper health practices and standards.
Yesterday, more food items were confiscated from five roadside vendors in the city including dozens of pies. The team of public health inspectors were again headed by Alexander Ramnath, head of the Corporation's Food Unit.
The food was taken because they were prepared in a location that was not inspected and because some vendors did not have food badges.
San Fernando Mayor Dr. Navi Muradali said:"Food vendors continue to not heed the call for registered and sanitary food preparation areas as well as for food badges. It means that the public must insist on food vendors displaying a recent food badge and exercising greater purchasing power. Food-borne diseases can be caused by toxins from bacteria, viruses, and parasites, as well as by chemicals and other substances. It is important for food inspectors to visit these kitchens which in many instances are outside the city."
The recently-announced "DineSafe" programme, designed by the mayor and the public health department, will require inspection certificates displayed at all food premises across San Fernando. From next week, the program begins and will continue until all food premises are inspected and certified by " DineSafe."