Food safety: Key issue on World Health Day
Five institutions have promised to work together to ensure that the food eaten in the country is fit for consumption. There are concerns that contaminated produce may be causing around 200 diseases ranging from diarrhea to cancer.
The agreement was signed yesterday, Tuesday 7 April 2015 by the ministers of Public Health Altagracia Guzman Marcelino, Agriculture, Angel Estevez, and Industry and Commerce, Jose del Castillo Savinon. ProConsumidor director Altagracia Paulino and the Dominican Municipalities Federation president (FEDOMU) Juan de los Santos are also involved in the initiative.
The agreement was signed during a formal ceremony to celebrate World Health Day organized by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), on the theme of “Safe Food: from Farm to the Table”.
The PAHO representative in the country, Laura Ramirez, highlighted the high cost of dealing with illnesses caused by contaminated products and reiterated that all institutions must aim to ensure that food is healthy. She recalled the five key food safety measures: maintain hygiene, separate raw foods from cooked foods, cook food thoroughly, store food at safe temperatures and use bottled water and safe raw ingredients.
Source: DR1, Listindiario
April 8, 2015
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