SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) – The Food Safety Division of the Inspectorate of Public Health, Social Development and Labour (Ministry VSA) has observed and continues to do so, violations concerning food safety requirements in establishments that are permitted to open to the public during this outbreak.
It is strongly recommended that all open buffets and self- serve condiments offered to the public be terminated without discretion immediately. These include, but are not limited to self-serve bread service, self-serve juice, coffee stations and ice cream. Allowing the public to access food at such a close proximity and under heightened threat is not recommended and should not continue.
The inspectorate would like the public to use due diligence when shopping and request that food offered under the above mentioned conditions pose a high risk of transfer of pathogens and micro biological matter to and from humans and should under no circumstances should be consumed.
The food safety division is imposing zero tolerance stances on any practice that can endanger the public in the above-mentioned area with emphasis being placed on;
What is described as zero tolerance is the immediate stoppage/closure of operations found in violation of any of these mentioned violations, as they are potentially life threatening under our current pandemic situation. Violators also risk a hefty fine.
As a reminder, all food handlers are required to:
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Source: Souliga Newsday https://www.soualiganewsday.com/index.php?option=com-k2&view=item&id=30587:inspectorate-ministry-vsa-recommends-all-open-buffets-and-self-service-condiments-be-terminated-during-covid-19-crisis&Itemid=451