DDA notes importance of ServSafe training

first_imgLocalNews DDA notes importance of ServSafe training by: Dominica Vibes News – March 23, 2016 Share Sharing is caring! Share 241 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Product Promotions Manager at the Discover Dominica Authority, Kathleen Cuffy Jno JulesA Servsafe Food Protection and Training Workshop for people involved in the food industry has been hailed as critical for the tourism sector.The three-day certification workshop, which will assist thirty (30) food service managers and supervisors to ensure that all foods offered for consumption are safe and wholesome, commenced at the Fort Young Hotel on Monday 21 March 2016.Speaking at the opening ceremony, Product Promotions Manager at the Discover Dominica Authority, Kathleen Cuffy-Jno Jules congratulated the Environmental Health Department of the Ministry of Health for hosting this important training and certification workshop.“In today’s competitive world of travel, food always plays an increasingly important role. People do not only seek new food experiences, but they continue to demand greater levels of food safety,” she noted.Mrs. Jno Jules stated that whilst food safety cannot assure destination success, food illnesses can help determine its failure.“Therefore we think this training is very timely and we want to commend the efforts of the Environmental Health Department.Mrs. Jno Jules noted that since the establishment of the Discover Dominica Authority, there have not been any outbreaks of food borne illness among visitors.“We believe that this is due to the diligent effort and competence of the Environmental Health Department and as such we commend their efforts.”She added that the Discover Dominica Authority will continue to collaborate with the Environmental Health Department in various ways to ensure food safety in the tourism industry. “We would like to initiate food safety awareness campaigns with them to ensure that persons are informed and educated in terms of food safety, particularly those persons who serve our visitors while on island.”Chief Environmental Health Officer, Anthony ScotlandMeanwhile, Chief Environmental Health Officer, Anthony Scotland, who also viewed the training as critical, said the availability of food safety improves people’s health and is a basic human right. “Safe foods contribute to health and productivity and create an effective platform for development of poverty alleviation”.Mr Scotland also noted that consumers are becoming more conscious about the health risk posed by microbial pathogens and potential hazardous chemicals in food, and that the training is essential as “up to one third of the population of developing countries are affected by food borne illness each year”. Tweetlast_img

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