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March 1, 2021
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Health Dept: Food Safety a Problem

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By Jack Lapauve Jr – EM TV, Port Moresby

Business operators in the country have been urged to comply with the Food Safety Standard, and the Sanitation Regulation Act of 2007.

Head of the Food Sanitation Council Secretariat, Terry Daniel, says the health department is now pushing for awareness and compliance for food safety.

Adding onto that, the Health Department issued a circular for independent audits last month to all businesses in the country.

The Health Department says that most businesses are operating without proper awareness, or no food safety management systems in place.

Mr Daniel said many agendas are yet to be addressed which requires government departments, private entities, regulators and big players in the food industry.
“Food safety has been bypassed over the years by over 90% of businesses operating around the country”, Daniel said.

NISIT Assistant Director Timothy Kepou says, regulating food safety is vital so people are assured that food will cause no harm after consuming a product. Mr Kepou said it is also crucial for businesses to comply with national and international standards as well.

All food business operators have been called on to comply as the Health Department will crack down on food safety in the country.

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