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The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) will on Tuesday 22nd November 2016, visit food establishments in Castries to raise awareness of food hygiene and safety.  The exercise dubbed “Kitchen Monitor – Are you cooking safely?” is being held as part of activities to mark November as Business Month. 

The SLBS decided on the outreach in an effort to engage a large group of people involved in food preparation who have not been sensitized to issues of food safety and food hygiene.

The organization has been offering standards and training on the topic of food hygiene and safety to providers of street vended foods, the agro processing and manufacturing sectors, in response to its mandate to protect health and safety.  The SLBS offers training courses in food safety as well as a Food Certification System, which puts food establishments at the forefront of maintaining good practices which protects the health of their customers.

The outreach will see the deployment of technical staff of the SLBS who will distribute information on food safety targeting both food vendors and consumers.  The hope is for food vendors to get trained in healthy food preparation practices and for consumers to look out for the danger signs that are putting them at risk.
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