Saint Lucia, Ministry of health states food safety measures

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Saint Lucia: The Ministry of health wellness and Elderly affairs reminded the public about food safety on December 6 by keeping in mind more purchases of outdoor food during the festive season.

Considerably, Sherma Lyn Touissant, Environmental health officer provided the statement on food safety.

First of all, the environmental health officer on the prior basis laid focus on the things to be considered before and while purchasing, said:

  • Examine all foods carefully prior to purchase, check for damages and expiration dates.
  • Do not purchase canned foods that are unlabeled, dented, leaking, bulging, or rusted.
  • When purchasing local meat products from butchers look for the inspected and passed stamp which indicates that the meat has been inspected for wholesomeness by officers of the Environmental Health Division.

Further, the food safety tips were provided regarding the storage and cooking of the food which are as follows:

  • Keep food out of the “danger zone.”
  • Germs can grow rapidly in the danger zone between 40°F (4oC) and 140°F (60oC). 
  • After food is prepared, keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. These foods must not be stored at atmospheric temperature.
  • When reheating food, ensure that it is steaming hot all the way through, at least 165oF or 75oC, or bring to a rolling boil.
  • When large portions of foods are cooked in advance, divide into smaller portions or in shallow containers, then cover and place in the fridge or freezer. 
  • Make sure there is good air circulation around the containers.
  • When handling foods such as raw meat, chicken, other poultry products, and seafood, ensure that it is separated from cooked or ready to eat foods such as bread, fruits and vegetables.
  • Use separate cutting boards and utensils for raw meats and ready to eat foods.
  • Use separate utensils for serving different dishes especially when serving foods with a potential to cause allergic reactions.
  • Before preparing foods and between handling raw meat or raw chicken, wash hands thoroughly with soap and water and dry thoroughly.

Also, in this concern, the department of Environmental health has encouraged individuals to follow all the food safety measures for the joyful festive season.

All in all, following all the tips can help in the prevention of food- borne diseases.

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