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FOOD SAFETY PRIORITY FOR CAC

Posted by SR (riley) on Dec 23 2016 at 12:55 AM
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The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) says food safety during the Yuletide season remains a priority for the organisation.
 Acting Director of Communications at the CAC, Ms. Dorothy Campbell, said the agency makes an extra effort at this time of the year to minimise the risk of persons consuming unhealthy foods.  “As part of our responsibility as the consumer protection agency, we seek to ensure that the food you purchase, especially at this time, is of the highest quality and it does not cause any adverse illness to families,” she noted.

Ms. Campbell pointed out that, at this time, families will be catering for many more persons and some health practices could be overlooked.  “When you are purchasing your grocery, check the expiry dates.  Inspect the meat thoroughly and ensure that the food is refrigerated at the right temperature,” she said. Ms. Campbell is encouraging shoppers to examine the products using the natural lighting in the store, rather than the LED lights that are in the refrigerator  “If the item does not appear fresh to you, do not buy it. Look for the clear eyes in the fish to ensure that it is fresh.  If it’s fillet and the flesh is crumbling, do not buy it,” she urged.

Ms. Campbell is also calling on persons to clean their refrigerators and make room for new foods by throwing out any perishables that have passed their ‘best-before’ dates and emphasised that persons must wash their hands after handling raw meat, poultry or fish; after using the toilet; and when handling rubbish and pets.Ms. Campbell said consumers should use separate knives when cutting raw meat, poultry, fish and vegetables to prevent cross-contamination.Leftovers, Ms. Campbell said, should be stored in the refrigerator within two hours of cooking.

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