Food unit embarks on food surveillance post-flooding

Damaged food products from Ba shops taken for destruction. Picture: SUPPLIED

Damaged food products from Ba shops taken for destruction. Picture: SUPPLIED

Update: 7:19PM THE Food and Nutrition Unit of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has embarked on a food surveillance exercise to address food safety issues that can impact public health in the wake of the severe rain and flooding affecting the country.

In a statement issued this afternoon, the ministry advised members of the general public to be vigilant when purchasing food items in flood-affected areas. 

Since Monday this week, a team of 54 health inspectors in the Western Division monitored close to 400 shops and supermarkets both in the urban and rural areas that were affected by the flood.

Food items that were found to be damaged or unfit for consumption had been safely disposed of.

Members of the public are advised to make informed choices and ensure quality assurance by looking out for the proper labelling and checking the expiry dates of the products.

Advice is also given to the buyers to be aware of the quality of the frozen goods that could have been damaged because the freezer burnt or that had been spoiled due to loss of power. 

Families are also advised to maintain good hygiene practices, clean hands, clean kitchens free from insects and rodents and maintain the ideal temperature (cold for frozen foods and warm for cooked foods).