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Food safety priority for CAC

Published:Monday | December 19, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Acting director of communications at the Consumer Affairs Commission, Dorothy Campbell.

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) says food safety during the Yuletide season remains a priority for the organisation.

Speaking with JIS News, Acting Director of Communications at the CAC 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," Campbell noted.

She 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," Campbell said.

She is encouraging shoppers to examine the products using the natural lighting in the store, rather than the LED lights that are in the refrigerators.

"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.

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.

She emphasised that persons must wash their hands after handling raw meat, poultry or fish, after using the toilet, and when handling rubbish and pets.

Campbell said consumers should use separate knives when cutting raw meat, poultry, fish and vegetables to prevent cross-contamination.

Leftovers, she said, should be stored in the refrigerator within two hours of cooking.