A recent article published in the Jamaica Gleaner highlights a speech given by the Minister of Health, Dr. Fenton Ferguson, in observance of World Health Day 2015. In his speech titled “Food Safety – From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe,” Dr. Ferguson urged Jamaicans to play a part in preventing food contamination. He outlined steps to take to ensure the safety of food which include:
- Keeping surfaces and equipment clean
- Separating raw and cooked food
- Cooking food thoroughly
- Keeping food at safe temperatures and
- Using safe water and raw materials
“The issue of food safety has to consider the regulation of food production, storage, processing, marketing, shipping/transporting, wholesaling, retailing, spanning farm to table. Unsafe food creates a vicious cycle of disease and malnutrition, particularly affecting infants, young children, the elderly and the infirmed,” Dr. Ferguson said.
At Restoration Village Farm we hold a Food Heath Certificate issued by the Ministry of Health and we are committed to safe food consumption. All those who prepare food at Restoration Village Farm have been trained in food safety and have current Food Handlers Certificates. The farm has been inspected by the Ministry of Health and is licensed to operate a food-handling establishment.
To read more of the Gleaner article visit: http://jamaicagleaner.com/article/health/20150415/jamaicans-must-ensure-they-consume-safe-food