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KSAMC cracking down on unregulated street vending

Published:Friday | April 26, 2019 | 12:00 AM
The KSAMC is concerned that with hundreds of food vendors across the city, there are no records or systems to monitor their operations.

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has said it will be moving to address the widespread unregulated food vending across the city. 

According to commercial services committee chairman, councillor Duane Smith, the problem is creating several public health and public order issues.  

"Many of these persons do not have food handlers' permits; they do not follow best practices and the source of their food supplies and meats have raised concerns," he said.

Smith said, very shortly, a stakeholders meeting will be convened.

In the meantime, he said several food vendors have expressed an interest in becoming regulated. 

"We must protect our citizens, encourage businesses and maintain order simultaneously," Smith said.

He is concerned that with hundreds of food vendors across the city, there are no records or systems to monitor their operations.

"This has to end," Smith said, adding that the KSAMC will be working with the Health Ministry with support from corporate Jamaica and central government to train and assist food vendors. 

Smith said particular attention will be placed on people selling hot dogs, jerked meats, fish and soups.

"This is a part of our culture and we have had a few scares in the past. At the rate that it has been growing, the time is now to give street food culture the protection and structure that it deserves,"
he said. 

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