The Central Board of Healthin a press release says it wishes to advise the public of the following information, as it pertains to food service establishments inspected in and around St. John’s, between January to April 5th 2019.
As a result of the inspection, 11 food service establishments were asked to immediately discontinue the preparation of food for sale to the general public, to enable cleaning amongst other major food safety issues. The suspected food was disposed of.
The violations found were:
• No food safety training/invalid food handlers badge
• No handwashing station (hands are not washed between task)
• No hot or cold holding device (Food held in the danger zone)
• No personal protective equipment is worn (hair restraints, apron)
• Improper handling of food (issue of cross-contamination)
• Filthy kitchens (walls and floor laden with grease)
• Meats being thawed in baths of stagnant water
• Styrofoam trays which once held raw chicken/meat being used to store ready to eat foods (cucumber,
• Infestation of flies
• Presence of live and dead roaches, rats and mice droppings
Owners and operators of food service establishments are asked to be aware and seek advice from the department so that remedial actions can be taken to correct any faulty practices.